January 11, 2011
Yes Pamela, this is an unusual technique. It was created by Pichet, one of the most famous Thai Massage teachers in Thailand. And surprisingly, it feels very good if done correctly. This technique enables a light therapist to do highly effective work on a much bigger client without stressing any bodyparts. Don't try it on clients until you have practiced it with someone who can give you feedback. When the feedback is that it feels great, you are ready to go! I have used this technique many times on clients with seriously tight thigh muscles.
It reminded me of using my knee to get into the thigh tissue of some especially tight thighs. I agree, one needs (no pun intended) to be careful when using this type of approach if you are a larger type of therapist. But it is incredibly effective work. As always Shama, thank you for sharing such a wonderful approach with the world. I look forward to each of my videos with eager abandon.
Michael P. Barnes LMBT 8913, RMT
Thanks Michael. And I agree with you, you would not use this technique if you as the therapist weigh 180 pounds and your client weights 95 pounds. But if it were the other way around, then it would work fine. All techniques need to be applied with common sense. I always try to present a range of techniques for different sizes and weights of therapist and client.
Using techniques like sitting on thighs or using knees are important to learn for one more reason: Anytime you can use a body part that prevents you from stressing thumbs or wrists, you add to your longevity as a therapist. It is easy to burn out your thumbs or wrists when working on big heavy clients. That's one of the big advantages of Thai Massage: you can use so many different body parts.