Many Thai Massage students dream of visiting Thailand and studying Thai Massage there. Many thousands have already done so. But is it for you? Let’s look into the details.
I have often heard this myth that Thai Massage is painful. But, after working on countless clients over the last 20 years, nobody ever told me that my sessions were painful.
My wife has been doing Thai Massage sessions for as long as I have, and nobody ever complained that her sessions are painful either.
Both of us have put many hundreds of clients into a wonderful trance-like state with our sessions. So then – what’s this ‘painful Thai Massage’ all about?
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.
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.