Saving your hands in Thai Massage therapy
Every massage therapist knows that massage can be hard on your hands. We all had the experience that a large, heavy, stiff client requests some serious therapeutic work.
In some cases it can leave us wondering how we can handle this person’s request without stressing our hands too much. Small therapists might even have to avoid or decline such work.
This is where Thai Massage therapy can be ideal. It is a wonderful modality for deep, intense and highly effective therapy work.
Replacing your hands in Thai Massage
One of its greatest advantages is that therapists can use many body parts like knees, elbows, and feet to relieve stress on the hands and to increase their power. However, on top of these advantages, there is another useful option.
In this 6th episode of the Thai Massage Tips And Tricks series, you will find out about one massage tool which is practically never used in Thai Massage. However, I have used it very successfully on some of my larger clients.
It adds some substantial benefits to your work, it is good for the client and good for the therapist. While it does not replace your hands, it can be a valuable supplement to your Thai Massage work.
Using tools only when appropriate
It is a matter of deciding what is the right tool for a particular client. If you are a male with large and strong hands, and you are working on a small woman, then your hands are probably the best tool without need of anything else.
But if the roles are reversed, and you are a small woman working on a large man, then it is highly appropriate to think about replacing your hands to some degree with other body parts.
This might be forearms, elbows, knees, or a massage hammer. This doesn’t mean that you use these tools for the entire session, but it does mean that you provide relief to your hands and use them for part of the session.
Benefiting yourself and your clients in Thai Massage
But it is not only for your benefit. You are also doing the client a favor because you will be more effective than if you would try to use your hands for everything.
The argument is often that tools like forearms or knees or massage hammers don’t feel as good as your hands do. This is simply not true. You just have to learn how to use them correctly, and they can feel great.
In this way you prolong and save your career, and you are also able to do deep and effective work on large or very tight clients on whom you would have not been effective otherwise. It’s truly a win/win situation.
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The author, Shama Kern, is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy. He has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for over two decades, and he is the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.