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:
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?