How do we know if our massage therapy session was really effective? How do we know if it really helped and how long the effect will last? And why do we want to know this anyway?
Helping people is more than exchanging time for money
Massage is a helping profession. This is very different from, let’s say, working in an office where you might be just a tiny part of a big machinery and you might never get to see how (or if) what you do actually helps anyone.
Most massage therapists who have been in this profession for a some time do not just put in hours in exchange for money. They enjoy helping people, and part of their reward is seeing the beneficial results of their work. Their heart is in it, not just their hands.
Thai Massage has some unique advantages over other massage styles. One of them is that it is very therapist friendly. Why is that?
Look at a western massage style like Swedish massage. The therapist is constantly using the hands to stroke, knead, or squeeze. This can get very tiring for the hands, and can even lead to injury which is one of the reasons why many massage therapists don’t last very long.
Thai Massage is not just another massage technique. It’s a fascinating healing art which is steeped in Thai culture and is deeply integrated into daily life in Thailand.
To understand Thai Massage, it helps to actually spend time in Thailand. However most therapists are not able or willing to do that. The next best thing is to listen to experienced Thai Massage practitioners who have spent a lot of time in Thailand and have a good understanding of Thai culture.