One of the things that really resonated with me was likening Thai massage to a dance. I've always felt even when doing table massage that I was dancing. It is probably why I am so attracted to the long flowing movements of lomi lomi massage as well.
I'm grateful to one of my former massage instructors who cautioned us about hurting and harming our clients with deep pressure-the painful muscle pressure kind as opposed to the leaning into the muscle gently and slowly using our body weight type of compression. So hearing Shama share this is validation for me. Now it just so happens that this instructor is also an OMD, acupuncturist and Reiki master so he definitely understands energy flow, etc and it's not all about technique and anatomy and physiology. It really is true: muscle pressure causes pain and using body weight feels good. When I was practicing with my husband and checked in with him, he agreed that the leaning into the muscle with my body weight felt much better.
I have also studied Breema and two of the Nine Principles of Harmony is body comfortable and mutual support. I see this happening in good Thai massage too. It is impossible to help someone to a relaxed state if you cannot be comfortable and relax yourself!
Finally, being a yogi I am conscious when I go get a massage for myself if the therapist isn't synchronizing their breath with the movement. The massage doesn't flow and I believe the therapist tires more easily because they are not being efficient with their energy.
I'm so grateful to be learning all of this! Shama the video is beautifully done and I appreciate your teaching style. And to think this was just the intro video! Looking forward to the next one!
Looks like we are very much on the same wave length Lara. I have a yoga background as well. Actually this is probably the main reason why I was so attracted to Thai Massage when I first encountered it in Thailand 15 years ago.
I studied Breema as well. You might even recognize some Breema moves later on in the course.
I had originally studied Thai Massage in several schools and with several teachers. Nobody ever mentioned anything about breath. However when I started to get good at it, it just felt intuitively right to me to focus on correct breathing.
That's pretty obvious to most any yogi I think. And since Thai Massage originates from yoga, this should be an obvious element. However this part either never made it in Thai Massage or was forgotten in the traditional system.
So I am glad that you appreciate it as much as I do. The other biggie is the body weight thing versus muscling people. That really applies to many modalities, and I am sometimes amazed when some therapists don't seem to be aware of it. It really makes or breaks a good massage in most cases.