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The Curious Double Standard in Thai Massage Training

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Here are some interesting facts about Thai Massage training that you might find amusing, entertaining, or even shocking. They will also give you a totally new perspective.

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Personally, I have spent 20 years living in Thailand, practicing and teaching Thai Massage.

As a Westerner, during all this time I had one foot in both worlds – the western world and the eastern one.

I know about the requirements and methods of learning Thai Massage in both worlds – and there are massive differences.

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Thai Massage Culture Shock In Thailand

Thai Massage culture shock

I love writing about Thai Massage. I have been practicing and teaching it for over two decades.

And I have been living in Thailand, the homeland of Thai Massage, for two decades which gives me a very different perspective from the Western one.

I could write nice sanitized, politically correct massage articles that pass muster with American regulatory agencies and professional associations.

However, there is great value in opening our minds to other perspectives as well.

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Thai Massage and Fascinating Stories From Thailand

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Thai Massage and Thai culture

I have spent most of my massage career in Thailand. Thai Massage is not only the main style of therapy here, but it’s also a part of Thailand’s culture.

When you get a Thai Massage session in Thailand, it is a very different experience than in the West. You learn something about Thai people, you get to know them on a different level.

And you will have to let go of judgments based on your own cultural standards from your home country.

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The 11 Unique Healing Arts Systems Of Thailand

The 11 healing arts systems of Thailand

Although Thai Massage might come first to mind when thinking about the healing arts systems of Thailand, there are actually many more than that.

This list highlights 11 of them, but it needs to be said that this is not meant to be the final list. There are other healing arts systems that are not mentioned here. This list contains some of the better-known ones.

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Fun Facts About Strange And Unusual Massage Practices

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How strange, or even weird can massage get?

Most people in the Western world are used to professional, clinical massage therapy, done by a licensed therapist in a clean and professional environment. The therapies are mostly variations of Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Sports massage, etc.

However, there is an entirely new world out there with very different kinds of therapies. Let’s start with the more infamous ones like massage as a come-on for not-so-professional services.

Here in Asia, they call them “happy end massages”. I leave it to your imagination to figure out what that means. Let’s just say that only men take advantage of this variation.

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My Search For A Good Massage Experience In Vietnam

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Reception area of spa in Ho Chi Minh City where I went for my massage

Coming From Thailand, The Land Of Massage

Finding excellent massage therapists is not an easy task anywhere in the world. This even applies to Chiang Mai, Thailand, which is something like the center of the universe for Thai Massage.

The city is overflowing with massage ‘shops’ as they are called there. That’s good for customers since the intense competition keeps the prices low – lower than anywhere else in Asia.

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The Amazing Result Of Thai Massage Therapy on A Dog

Thai Massage on animals

Can Thai Massage be done on animals?

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Why should Thai Massage only work on humans? You are probably thinking that Thai Massage is a system of stretches, and that cannot be done on animals. But that’s not correct.

Let’s redefine Thai Massage. In contrast to Swedish-style oil massage systems that are done directly on the skin and require taking off your clothes, Thai Massage is done fully dressed.

Therefore it requires different techniques like pressure, kneading, rocking, and stretching. Oil massage does not require movement on the part of the client, but Thai Massage uses lots of movement-oriented techniques.

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