Extreme Thai Massage
Thai Massage is an exotic healing art. It has a certain mystique which comes from the fact that not many people understand it very well.
Sometimes I browse Thai Massage videos on youtube. One has to be the icing on the cake for being sensational. It shows an elephant doing a so-called Thai Massage by stepping on someone’s back.
Elephants are smart animals and can be trained to do all kinds of tricks. Some can play football, paint pictures and other stunts.
Since elephants in Thailand lost their traditional jobs in the logging industry, they have been retrained to work in the tourism industry. Someone has to pay for their expensive upkeep.
But even elephants, as big as they are, can get spooked by certain things. A trainer in a local elephant camp here in Thailand told me the story of one who got totally spooked by a mouse.
So personally, I prefer to have a human who does not weigh several tons rub my back. It’s not as sensational and it won’t impress the folks at home with my death-defying bravery.
I’ll leave that to the tourists and I will stick with good old fashioned human Thai Massage. But if you are looking for some excitement in your life, now you know where to get it!
What looks amazing often doesn’t represent real life therapy
If you look at cover pages of yoga magazines, you often see highly flexible yogis performing astounding positions that look really impressive but are way out of reach for most average yogis.
The same phenomenon exists in Thai Massage. There are many stretches that can look quite amazing. Often you see pictures of therapists performing such ‘amazing’ stretches on their model.
She is usually a “pretzel yogini” which is my synonym for a highly flexible female yogi who can contort herself into the most advanced positions.
Such yogis clearly make the best models for Thai Massage pictures, but they do not represent a typical Thai Massage.
I wish I would have had more yogi clients since they are the easiest to work on.
But the truth is that in my Thai Massage practice of over 17 years I rarely worked with perfectly healthy super yogis. Instead most of my clients were regular people who were often quite stiff, or overweight or had health issues.
True Thai Massage skills are often the most subtle ones
There is nothing wrong with displaying some amazing or even sensational pictures of yoga or Thai Yoga Massage. However it is important to remember that the true skill of a yogi or Thai Massage therapist lies not in who can display the most amazing positions.
Instead it lies in who can transmit the most healing energy, who can make you feel like you just went to “massage heaven”, who is able to find and work with your health issues, and who can connect with you on an energetic level which is the source of all healing.
The author, Shama Kern, is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy. He has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 18 years and is the creator of 20 online Thai Massage video training courses.