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Thai Massage And Partner Yoga – Learn The Difference

Thai Massage or partner yoga?

Is this a Thai Massage technique or is it Partner Yoga? How do the two systems work together? When should you use such techniques? Find out all the answers below.

Let me tell you a story about the position in the photo above. Once I was observing some of the training of the “advanced class” in a Thai Massage school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This technique was part of the class.

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Do Thai Massage Therapists Need To Know Anatomy?

Thai Massage therapy and anatomy

Do Thai Massage Therapists need to know anatomy? What kind of a strange question is this?

Isn’t it obvious that the answer should be “yes”? Or so would be the response of any western massage therapist. But the answer is not so simple, as you will see.

The observations in this article are based on the way how Thai Massage has been traditionally practiced and taught in Thailand, and how it is applied in the western world.

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9 Unique Elements Of Thai Massage, And How To Learn Them

9 unique elements of thai massage

Thai Massage is not just another kind of massage. There is a lot more to it, as you will see.

There is more than one style of Thai Massage

Before we get into the 9 unique elements, we have to consider that there are all kinds of styles and variations of Thai Massage.

They range from mechanical one-size-fits-all sequences to very effective and refined holistic therapies.

For the purposes of our list of 9 unique elements, we are talking about the way how Thai Massage is taught by Thai Healing Massage Academy in our online training courses.

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Ten Ways To Make Thai Massage More Therapeutic

ten ways to make thai massage more therapeutic

Massage versus therapeutic massage

Thai Massage has always been my main modality, but the observations in this article apply to massage in general.

But first…my disclaimer.

I’d rather be controversial than boring. This article is meant to be both irreverent and serious, both entertaining and educational. But be forewarned: If you don’t have a sense of humor, I advise you to stop reading right here!

So now – when does massage become therapeutic? The fact is that there is no one point where massage turns into massage therapy. It’s a matter of degrees. Actually, it is quite difficult for any massage NOT to be therapeutic at least to some degree.

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The 5 Myths of Thai Massage Training

the truth about thai massage

There are several stereotypes which are often repeated and might prevent you from adding Thai Massage training to your list of skills. Let’s look at them closely and separate the truth from fiction.

Myth #1: Thai Massage is painful

This is just not true! How can I be so sure? Easy – from the feedback of my clients. I have been both practicing and providing Thai Massage training for over 20 years, and I have never hurt any client unnecessarily.

However, I can tell you why this perception exists. First let’s rephrase the statement to “Thai Massage is potentially painful”.

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The Thai Healing Massage Advantage

The Thai Healing Massage advantage

Thai Healing Massage is not just a fancy name for Thai Massage. It has a very specific meaning, at least in the context of our training school, Thai Healing Massage Academy

I have been living in the Thai Massage capital of the world, Chiang Mai, Thailand, for 20 years.

thai massage wooden sign

There are Thai Massage schools and establishments all over the place, sometimes several within one block.

There is no other place with such a concentration of Thai Massage anywhere else that I have seen – and I have been all over Thailand.

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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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