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How To Cultivate an Inner Vision in Thai Massage

Thai Massage with an inner vision

Techniques – the foundation of Thai Massage therapy

Massage, and especially Thai Massage, is often perceived as a series of techniques that need to be learned. In the beginning this is quite true.

We need to have a solid foundation of techniques, and in the case of Thai Massage, this is even more true since it involves hundreds of often complex movements and stretches.

Taking Thai Massage therapy to the next level

But, if we stop at this level, we may be well-trained ‘massage mechanics’, but we won’t be intuitive, tuned in, sensitive, perceptive, caring, and highly effective healers. This is an entirely different level of therapy.

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The Magic Of Touch In Thai Massage Experienced

Some face massage is normally part of every Thai Massage session

During two decades of practicing and teaching Thai Massage, I have learned quite a lot about the magic of touch. I know it is there, I have seen it, felt it, and experienced it, and I don’t need any more proof other than my experience.

Let’s look at the element of experiential proof compared to scientific proof in the context of Thai Massage.

This is not meant to discount science, but to offer an alternative way of perception – one that is more often the norm in Asia than in the Western world.

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Thai Massage – Follow The Science Or Trust Your Feelings?

thai massage - science vs feeling

A good Thai Massage is a really enjoyable and beneficial experience. Why? There are two ways to explain this – the scientific way and the experiential way.

The first one is often presented by the massage therapist profession, by the massage therapists.

As a professional Thai Massage therapist and teacher, I happen to be part of this group, and I am well aware of what my colleagues have to say.

However, in contrast to most of them, I have spent most of my Thai Massage career in Thailand, and therefore I have quite a different perspective. This is what I would like to introduce here.

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A Deeper Look At Professional Versus Sensual Thai Massage

Professional versus sensual massage

There is more than one way to look at a hot topic

Some people actively or furtively seek out the combination of massage and eroticism. Others detest just the thought of any sensual massage elements and see it as something awful. Is there a right and a wrong here?

Let’s take a deeper look at this issue and analyze it without prejudice.

Why this topic can be aggravating for professional Thai Massage therapists

This tends to be a sensitive topic for professional therapists. Sometimes they have had to battle a misguided public opinion that massage is just a disguise for sexual services.

And sometimes female therapists had to fend off callers who were clearly looking for non-professional services. Some of them might even have had inappropriate requests from men during their sessions.

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Secrets For Developing Better Thai Massage Skills

Thai Massage on a higher level

The secret of Thai Massage as a healing art

Some Thai Massage sessions can feel like workout sessions. You are pressed, pummeled, stretched, yanked, and kneaded – sometimes in painful ways.

And then…there are those sessions that make you feel like you are walking on clouds – like you entered massage heaven. What’s the secret here? What accounts for the difference in those sessions?

Here’s the secret: Thai Massage techniques on their own, without certain refined elements, are just a mechanical system without a soul.
It lacks the essence, the spirit, and the element of a true healing art. There is a lot more to it…

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How To Define ‘Healing’ In Thai Massage Therapy

thai massage and the definition of healing

How is ‘healing’ generally defined in massage therapy?

Healing in massage therapy is a tricky subject. It is often avoided by tiptoeing around the issue, by mentioning benefits without making any healing claims.

Here are some ways how the (healing) benefits of Thai Massage are typically presented:

It lowers your blood pressure
It relaxes your muscles
It increases the production of endorphins
It improves your flexibility
It releases tension in muscles, connective tissue, and joints

But, God forbid if you mention that it can actually help to cure, heal, or improve an actual disease. That can get you in trouble mighty quickly.

Why are Healing Arts practitioners not allowed to heal?

Here is an amazing fact. Thai Massage is part of the healing arts world, but in quite a few countries, including the USA, massage therapists are not allowed to say that they heal anything.

So if Thai Massage therapy is a healing art, but it doesn’t heal anything, what exactly does it do?

There are major teaching institutions with ‘healing arts’ included in their name that teach massage therapy.

A good question would be – what do they tell their students? A healing arts institution teaches a healing art that is not allowed to heal anything. Isn’t this a strange contradiction?

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