I cannot even remember how often I received a Thai Massage here in Thailand, and the therapist told me to lie in a certain position, like prone (face down) or on my side without any regard to my comfort.
The Thai Massage therapists here assume that you can lie face down for an extended period of time with your head turned to the side at a 90 degree angle.
Unless you have a very flexible neck, this can feel quite uncomfortable. There are several positions in Thai Massage where you really have to support your client’s bodies properly in order to ensure that they can relax. These are the prone, side and sitting positions.
In this episode of the Thai Massage ‘Tips and Tricks’ series you will see how you can simulate a face cradle while working on a floor mat with the client face down.
In Thailand, and in Asia in general, people are often more flexible, and they are more accustomed to sitting on a floor mat or lying on one.
However people from western countries rarely sit on the floor or lie on a firm floor mat. They do not necessarily find these positions as comfortable or normal as Asians do.
However with the help of some pillow support we can easily turn a potentially uncomfortable Thai Massage position into a very comfortable one.
It takes just a small adjustment, but this will make a big difference in the comfort of your clients.
If you want to see how to make such a pillow support adjustment for the side position in Thai Massage, you will find a video here.
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The author, Shama Kern, has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for two decades. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy and the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.