When learning Thai Massage, you will notice that there are many techniques 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 with examples from both types of techniques.
Stretching in Thai Massage
The purpose of stretching is to re-establish full or normal range of motion by relaxing muscles and getting them to release tightness and tension.
The secrets of working therapeutically in Thai Massage
Working therapeutically doesn’t mean that you need to know lots of special and unique Thai Massage techniques. But it does mean that you have to approach therapy sessions in a different way from doing regular whole body sessions.
When you want to do effective therapy work, you will often have to forego whole body sessions due to time constraints and focus on specific areas which need the attention most.
There are several elements which will improve your therapy work.
Thai Massage is a close contact massage system. The client’s body is moved all over the place by the therapist. You can’t do this from a distance. The therapist has to get in close and use his or her body and body weight to accomplish those techniques.
Learning Thai Massage techniques is actually just partially technical. The second part is intuitive, sensitive and responsive. The secret to making Thai Massage feel wonderful is to master this second part.
The problem is that this second and so essential part of Thai Massage techniques is often not taught at all. That’s the reason why this great healing art has the reputation of being painful and strong.
Thai Massage is often shown as a series of fancy and complex stretches which seem to be best suited for experienced yogis.
However what really counts in your everyday Thai Massage work as a therapist is not the degree of difficulty of the techniques, or the number of fancy stretches you know. What really counts is your quality of touch and your ability to intuitively connect with your client.
Thai Massage is a graceful and artistic healing arts modality. It takes a lot more than knowing how to do a particular massage stroke or technique.
You need to know how to use your body correctly, how to have good ergonomics and how to work with least effort. This includes knowing how to move your clients gracefully from one position into another position.
This video demonstrates how you can move your Thai Massage clients between supine, prone, side and sitting positions without having to ask them to turn around on their own.