There are many Thai Massage teachers with interesting stories to tell, fascinating backgrounds, and unique styles. This time Shama Kern, the founder of Thai Healing Massage Academy, interviews Shai Plonski, founder of Still Light Center Thai Massage School.
Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a hot spot for Thai Massage and many other holistic ventures. If you spend some time in this city, you will probably run into quite a few yoga teachers, Thai Massage practitioners and teachers, and lots of other people with fascinating holistic backgrounds.
Thai Massage fact and fiction
Thai Massage is often erroneously regarded as a strong and even painful system. However this has nothing to do with the massage, and everything to do with the therapist.
The fact is that Thai Massage can be done strongly or very gently, depending on how the therapist is working.
Amazing Yam Khang Thai Massage
Various types of massage in Thailand
In Thailand there are several massage styles. The best known one is ‘traditional Thai Massage’. Even of this there are quite a few sub-styles.
The Thai Massage advantage
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 became famous mostly because of the many yoga-like stretches that are part of the system. These are indeed quite unique, effective and helpful. What is less known, but equally important is that Thai Massage can be done without stretching as well.
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.