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8 Ideal Candidates For Thai Massage Training

8 ideal candidates for Thai Massage training

Thai Massage Is More Than A Massage

To understand who is ideally suited for Thai Massage training, we have to first look at what distinguishes it from other styles and what kind of therapy this is.

Thai Massage is not just a massage. It includes a wide variety of techniques. Some of them are similar to elements which you can find in other holistic and healing arts styles, as in this partial list:

  • Massage (compression and kneading)
  • Yoga (stretching and breathing)
  • Physical Therapy (therapeutic and rehabilitation work)
  • Energy Work (the Thai sen line system)
  • Chiropractic (spinal techniques and twists which are similar to some Chiropractic techniques)
  • Trager (rocking and motion elements)
  • Acupressure (pressure points in the Thai energy line system)

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Thai Massage And Traditional Sen Lines

Thai Massage and traditional sen lines

Thai Massage is known for its work on energy lines, called Sen lines in Thailand, and for its many stretches that often resemble yoga moves.

Most Asian bodywork is based on the concept that there is a system of energy lines in the body. If they are blocked, health problems develop.

Unblocking this energy flow results in improved health. In Thailand this energy is called Sen, in China Chi, in Japan Ki, and in India prana.

How do you work with energy?

There are various ways of working with energy and energy lines. Acupuncture uses needles on specific points along the lines.

Qigong uses gentle movements combined with breath. Yoga uses a variety of methods to open the energy. The best known in the western world are yoga asanas or postures.

Thai Massage uses pressure along the sen lines. All schools in Thailand teach students how to work those energy lines extensively.

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7 Amazing Ways Massage Therapy Can Help You Manage Stress

 

This article is a guest post written by Karen Price

Massage has been a way for people to vent out stress for centuries. Every culture has variations in massages, like Lomi Lomi in Hawaii, Shiatsu in Japan, or Thai Massage in Thailand.

Technological advancements, innovation and scientific study of this field have led to various new ways which can help a person get the maximum benefit from massage therapy.

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What You Need To Know About Thai Massage Westernization

Thai Massage versus western massage

The Bigger Picture of Thai Massage

Thai Massage is not just another massage modality in the western sense. It is part of an ancient culture, it is part of a life style, it is part of a social environment.

It is one element in the greater healing system of Thai Natural Medicine. There is a philosophy behind it, a tradition, a way of life, and a set of attitudes. It is not just a bunch of techniques and stretches.

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Thai Massage and Western Science

Thai Massage and western science

East Versus West in Massage 

Thai Massage and Western Massage are quite different, and in more ways than in their techniques. In Western countries there is an ongoing effort to prove scientifically how and why massage is beneficial.

Most of the massage therapy profession has accepted science as their unofficial regulator. Therapists feel compelled to demonstrate that their therapies hold up to the demands of  science, and that they comply with scientific standards.

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How To Understand Thai Massage Stretches And Traction

There are many techniques in Thai Massage which are not much used in other modalities. Two examples are stretches and traction moves. Do you know what exactly the difference is between stretches and traction? This video demonstrates it clearly.

Here is the main difference: Stretches in Thai Massage work on muscles and traction works on joints.

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