November 22, 2011
Hey Shama, What is your philosophy on the usage of wind gates? I haven't really noticed them in our trainings. One of my Thai teachers really pushes them and says we have to do them always to be real Thai. I of course do not always do them and still feel my results are not impaired by it.
When I started out with Thai Massage I studied in several schools and with several very well known masters. Not one of them ever mentioned wind gates. The first time I was introduced to the concept is through Mantak Chia's Chi Nei Tsang system. According to my understanding this is primarily a Chinese concept. I have had a very successful Thai Massage career and have never used the concept.
Sometimes there are people who somehow really like a particular concept and then they swear by it. But there are others who don't use this concept and they are doing just as well. For example there are people who swear that Thai Massage without thumbing up and down the various energy lines is not really Thai Massage at all.
I however don't use this type of work at all for reasons which I have explained in this article. Instead I have replaced it with my own concept which I call the "anatomy of a massage move". I have explained this in detail in my Complete Thai Massage course and I have taken it even further in the Magic Touch Course. Plus I know how to move energy with rocking techniques. These are my own concepts and they have been and still are working very well for me.
So what can I say, if the wind gates work for someone, all power to them. But this is certainly not the only way to look at Thai Massage. Actually in my experience of living in Thailand I have never heard anyone even talk about it in the context of Thai Massage. Maybe there is some semantics involved, and all roads lead to Rome albeit by different names.
There are many ways to move energy, and if the practitioner is really skilled, they probably all work. It just depends on what you feel most comfortable with.
The other thing is that sometimes both massage teachers and yoga teachers can be very opinionated when it comes to their personal style. I have seen this a lot in the massage/yoga community here in Chiang Mai and elsewhere. But it doesn't change the fact that there are different ways and styles of doing Thai Massage.
I have my own style which is working very well for me and has done so for the last 15 years - without wind gates. And if the wind gates are working well for somebody else - good for them!