There are many techniques in Thai Massage which are not much used in other modalities. Two examples are stretches and traction moves. Do you know what exactly the difference is between stretches and traction? This video demonstrates it clearly.
Here is the main difference: Stretches in Thai Massage work on muscles and traction works on joints.
Stretching in Thai Massage
The purpose of stretching is to re-establish full range of motion by relaxing muscles and getting them to release tightness and tension.
In Thai Massage stretches are used extensively. They are often called passive yoga or applied yoga. However it is important to keep in mind that stretches are just one element of this system. There are other elements like massage techniques and energy line work.
Traction in Thai Massage
The purpose of traction is to open up joint space which is constantly being compressed due to gravity. Traction feels opening, freeing and lengthening.
In Thai Massage stretches and traction moves can be done separately as two types of techniques, or they can be combined within the same technique.
Traction can be applied to many body parts: toes, fingers, arms, legs, neck, shoulder, and the spine. Thai Massage has a large repertoire of many traction techniques.
Where can you learn stretches and traction?
Thai Healing Massage Academy offers many online training courses which teach all aspects of Thai Massage – stretches, traction, massage, and energy line work. Please visit our training library here:
The author, Shama Kern, is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy and the author of 20 Thai Massage online training courses. He has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 18 years.