I'm Aviva and I just signed up for the Thai Hip massage course. Really looking forward to learning hip techniques because I work with a lot of people with hip issues: runners, female physical therapy patients with pelvic floor issues, and my husband who seems to have a lot of hip trouble for some reason.
I got interested in practicing massage because I discovered the benefits of sports massage for me as a runner years ago. I prefer working with athletes-- runners, dancers, boxers, whatever-- but I also spent a year at a Japanese spa where I improved my shiatsu and got comfortable climbing on and over clients. 🙂 (To my great surprise and regret, at this spa we did shiatsu on tables rather than floor mats. Have you ever heard of that?? It was much harder that way.) Massage is a vocation I do on the side-- I'm also an electrical engineer and mom of a two-year-old girl, with another baby on the way.
Hi Aviva, welcome to our forum and the Thai Hip Therapy course.
Electrical engineer, massage therapist, mother and expectant mother - that should keep you busy!
You know, this thing with the tables is also happening here in Thailand. For some strange reason some upscale spas seem to think that tables look more classy than floor mats. They use big, wide and non adjustable wooden tables (they call them "beds") which are terrible for the ergonomics of the therapist.
Both Thai Massage and Shiatsu have always been done on floor mats traditionally, and that's still how most therapists do it. You have much better leverage that way and can use your body much more effectively than on a table.
It's probably spa management making decisions without consulting the therapists, I imagine.