How is a professional Thai Massage supposed to feel? Is it a feel-good sensation? Is it a blissful feeling? Is it a clinical experience? Is it a healing experience? Is it a relaxing feeling? Is it an invigorating sensation? Can it be painful? Is it a sensual feeling?
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 massage therapists
This tends to be a sensitive topic for professional massage 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.
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 which 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…
During one and a half 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.
I am a professional Thai Massage therapist, and I enjoy receiving massage as much as I like giving it.
Why? Because it makes me feel great!
However I can’t help but notice a trend towards establishing the benefits of massage in increasingly scientific terms. While this is certainly important and useful knowledge, I want to emphasize another aspect.
Come with me on a mind opening journey. It’s a story about heartfelt touching, about moving energy in everyday life and in massage therapy in a way that is more fulfilling and that will benefit both your happiness and your income. You might find it fascinating.
We are all born with a need to be physically touched.
This is quite obvious when you watch young children play or interact with their parents.
But very quickly most cultures train us to not touch each other. It might be a cultural taboo or even a religious injunction.
A touch experiment
A number of years ago a team of researchers conducted a ‘touch’ experiment. They traveled to several countries, and sat down in cafes or restaurants. Then they counted how often people touched each other.
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 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.
It is not something that can be totally understood and learned in a massage school since it requires years of experience and a desire to develop such qualities.
Some therapists develop them hardly at all, and some turn into almost shamanic practitioners and healers.