How often have I heard this myth, that Thai Massage is painful. After working on countless clients over the last 18 years, nobody ever told me that my sessions are painful.
My wife has been doing Thai Massage sessions for as long as I have, and nobody complains that her sessions are painful either. Actually both of us have put hundreds of clients into a wonderful trance-like state with our sessions.
Where does this myth come from?
First of all there are some people who believe that if it’s not hurting, it can’t be therapeutic. That’s called the “no-pain-no-gain theory”.
Then there are many Thai Massage therapists who are not well trained and have never developed much sensitivity in their hands. And they will easily cause pain.
Is there any amount of truth in the myth?
However some degree of discomfort in a massage session can be normal and acceptable. Wait – didn’t I just say that Thai Massage is not painful? Am I contradicting myself now?
What is the difference between good pain and bad pain?
Here we are getting into the subtle art of understanding and managing pain or discomfort in Thai Massage therapy. There actually is such a thing as “good pain” and “bad pain“. How do we tell them apart and how are they defined?
You will find out the answers to these questions when you watch the revealing video below. This knowledge is essential for any therapist since we will all be confronted with this issue throughout our career.
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 he is the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.