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Is Thai Massage Best When It Is ‘Traditional’?

thai Massage tradition versus innovation

Thailand is famous for its unique Thai Massage therapy system. Every year many thousands of people travel to Thailand to study there. Countless Thai Massage schools have sprung up all over the country in the last 20 years.

Most people assume that Thai Massage education must be best in its home country. The question is if this is really true.

Before we get into the details, I should mention that I am not just espousing theory or educated guesses. After living in Thailand for 2 decades and being married to a native Thai Massage therapist, my conclusions are based on observable facts.

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Is Thai Massage Relaxing Or Therapeutic?

Is Thai Massage relaxing or therapeutic

Thailand is famous for its unique style of bodywork, Thai Massage, which is really a combination of massage and applied or passive yoga stretches.

There is plenty of information available about the benefits of massage in general. And there is no shortage of scientific evidence that massage is good for your body.

Massage is also good for your mind. It relaxes, de-stresses, and temporarily shuts off incessant mental chatter. The Thais have been well aware of both of these benefits for over a thousand years.

So here is the question: Is Thai Massage ‘just’ relaxing, or is it therapeutic, i.e. does it actually help with something? Does it really improve certain conditions?

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Why Thai Massage Relies More On Energy Than On Anatomy

Thai Massage anatomy and energy

How much Anatomy Do Thai Massage Therapists Need to Know?

In the western world, anatomical knowledge is seen as a required element of massage therapy. It is accepted as one of the fundamental principles in massage schools.

However, you might be astonished to learn that there are parts of the world where anatomy is not the main basis of massage education.

One of these countries is Thailand. How can that be? Let’s take our own Thai Massage school as an example.

In Thai Healing Massage Academy’s online training courses we use anatomical terms at a basic level only. There are three reasons for this:

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Strategies For Better Thai Massage Therapy Training

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Thai Massage therapy is not just the application of certain techniques. It is an ever-evolving art which is being honed and improved by experienced therapists.

It is not a fixed goal that can be reached, or a set sequence that needs to be memorized and followed. Instead it is a path of continuing refinements. It is evolving, not stagnating.

That’s why not all therapists are equal. Some are further along the curve than others.

Thai Massage is also not just about strictly following a particular tradition. Good therapists naturally evolve, create, and improve their way of working and the techniques they are using.

Let’s focus on two areas where Thai Massage can be improved and show you how this benefits your clients and your work.

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4 Tips For Learning The Best Thai Massage Style In 2021

Why are there many styles of Thai Massage?

Thai Massage has developed into many styles. What are the differences, and which one is right for you? And where do you get the information to decide?

When we talk about Thai Massage, that’s not necessarily a clear definition. It’s somewhat like talking about “Christianity”. Well – are you talking about Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Methodists, Born-agains…?

It is similar with Thai Massage training and courses. There is a northern style, a southern style, a royal style, a strictly traditional style, and a whole number of styles that have been mixed with other Asian healing arts, or with yoga, or with energy work, and others.

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