November 22, 2011
Well, that's why there are tens of thousands of expats in Thailand and millions of visitors each year. It is much cheaper to live here and everybody is more 'chilled' than in the US. It's also nice for us massage aficionados to be able to get regular massages for around $5-10 per hour. But it is definitely much easier to generate a real income with massage in the US. In Thailand massage therapists are a dime a dozen and the competition keeps prices really low.
Thai Back Massage Test Review
In this module Shama shows three numbered techniques, with a single knee he demos various pressures.
Single Knee Techniques
#1 is the lightest technique he shows. He places one knee on the glute and gently moves it side to side and or circling, keeping most his body weight on the back leg.
#2 the second technique is a little stronger as he places his hands on the upper back and hamstring on the opposing side to allow a little more linear pressure along with his body moving forward and back
#3 The third is the strongest technique. It is the same as the second technique but, he lifts his back knee off the floor to create even more linear pressure.
Rocking is always more gentle then linear pressure.
He continues on with several more techniques using both knees in “ double knee rocking” moving his knees up down and sideways on the glutes .He also introduces "heel rocking" As always he reminds us it is not important to do every single technique and encourages you to be creative with your sequencing .
Thai Back Massage Test Review
In module 8 there was a great demonstration of Shama working on the low back. He worked primarily the glutes.This sets up perfectly for module 9. Starting at the gluteus or the base of the spine which is often tight seems a wonderful warm up to me. If other muscle groups are tight then the spine is more than likely tight.
Shama discusses Thai Massage is based more on energy flow. Energy blockage causes dis- ease. There is a brief discussion on Erector muscles, Trapezius, Latisimus Dorsi (shows where these muscles are on the body) It is very simple and not the least bit overwhelming.
Moving on Shama also tells us how fingers and thumbs are best for finding trouble spots in these lines of energy.
Unlike here in the states we become much more clinical. I really love the simplicity of his teaching style in all of his modules.
There is also discussion on keeping nice rhythm on rocking movements so as to not create disconnect or discomfort for receiver of the massage.
I could never get used to a primarily clinical approach to massage since I have spent most of my massage career in Thailand where there is hardly any clinical approach. The Asian approach is just much more based on energetic concepts, on feeling and listening with your hands. For me the Asian approach comes closer to the soul of massage, the soul of a healing art. That's at least how I feel about it...
I certainly agree Shama. I love anatomy but, when really giving a great massage it seems much more important to be holistic and approach this person in wholeness not as a body part.
When we approach any living being holistically, (mind body spirit) anatomy seems the least important.
The state of the person in front of us and our sensitivity I think should be priority not to mention the art of Healing. I think that is more than enough to think about.