Thai Healing Massage is not just a fancy name for Thai Massage. It has a very specific meaning, at least in the context of our training school, Thai Healing Massage Academy.
I have been living in the Thai Massage capital of the world, Chiang Mai, Thailand, for 20 years. There are Thai Massage schools and establishments all over the place, sometimes several within one block. There is no other place with such a concentration of Thai Massage anywhere else that I have seen. And I have been all over Thailand.
In Massage, Quantity does not equal quality
However this does not mean that in Chiang Mai you also get the best quality of Thai Massage compared to anywhere else in the world. Quantity does not necessarily equal quality.
It is a strange phenomenon that it is actually quite difficult to find really good Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, or anywhere else in Thailand, as a matter of fact.
When people come to Thailand for the first time, or if they just spend a short time here, they are typically very impressed by any Thai Massage.
It is new to them, it is really different, it seems exotic, and the reaction is often “amazing”, “impressive”, “far out”, etc. But those who have lived here for some time have become more discriminating.
Cookie cutter sessions with extra pressure for “therapy”
After some time you cannot help but notice that most Thai Massage sessions are pretty much on auto pilot, one-size-fits-all affairs.
The therapists often do many sessions in a row without a break. They frequently chat with each other, and even answer their mobile phones during the massage.
Often is is quite obvious that they do not connect with their clients on a deeper level.
If you ask for any specific therapeutic work, they will always tell you that they can do it. But in actual practice you still end up getting the same one-size-fits-all session with a few minutes thrown in on the area that you requested. The “therapy” generally consists of just pressing harder.
Mainstream Thai Massage has gone wide, but not deep
The reason for this is that Thai Massage in Thailand has moved from a traditional healing method to a tourist attraction and sometimes a thinly veiled disguise for providing additional services that have little to do with therapy.
For many therapists in Thailand this is nothing more than a relatively well paid job which can be learned fairly quickly. For them it has little to do with a calling, a passion, a sincere desire to help people, and a love for healing arts. It is just a job, and it shows in their sessions.
There are definitely very qualified, intuitive and expert Thai Massage therapists in Thailand, but compared to the sheer number of therapists, they are quite a small minority.
They can be hard to find unless you stick around long enough to explore, get tips from other long time residents and track down the really good ones.
What Makes the THAI HEALING MASSAGE system unique?
Thai Healing Massage is the answer to the issues mentioned above. We started to look at the strengths and weaknesses of typical traditional Thai Massage as it is done by the average practitioner.
Then we gradually worked on improving all the weaker areas by including either my own modified techniques, or techniques from other massage and therapy styles.
Next we made all the courses available in an interactive and instructor supported online training format, so that students from all around the globe could have access to excellent Thai Massage training.
At its core the Thai Healing Massage system contains
our most popular program, Complete Thai Massage, a highly detailed, easy to follow online training course with certification and CEU options.
This is not just a level one training, but a complete system. It covers ALL positions and techniques you need to become an effective, skilled therapist in a convenient instructor-supported online training environment.
The Thai Healing Massage system can even take you much further. Let’s highlight some examples:
More focus on the upper body
Typical Thai Massage sessions are mostly focused on the legs (the main strength of Thai Massage). 50-70 percent of any session here in Thailand is spent on leg work, whereas upper body work is not as well represented. In the Thai Healing Massage system a lot more emphasis is shifted to the upper body.
Thai therapists almost never touch your abdomen. And if they do, it is generally an unpleasant experience.
Therefore we developed Dancing Hands Abdominal Massage. This is a simplified version of Chi Nei Tsang which blends very well with Thai Massage.
Specialized Shoulder Massage Therapy
Most Thai therapist’s skills for good shoulder work is quite limited. Therefore we developed the Ultimate Shoulder Massage course which adds 80 shoulder techniques to your repertoire.
Heavenly Head Massage for neck, head and face
Thai Massage does include some neck, head and face work. But it is often a hit-or-miss scenario. You might be lucky and get a decent one, or it might be seriously sub-standard.
None of all the Thai Massage schools that I had originally attended spent much time on neck, head and face. This area had always been more like an after-thought.
That’s why we developed Heavenly Head Massage, an in depth and very profound system for neck, head and face massage.
Thai Rocking Massage – more therapist and client friendly
Traditional Thai Massage relies a lot on direct and linear thumb pressure, and on palm pressure with the hand at a 90 degree angle to the forearm. This can lead to problems in therapist’s thumbs and wrist joints like inflammation or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Many therapists had to give up their careers because of such problems.
As a solution we developed Thai Rocking Massage which does not use any direct linear pressure but instead uses round and flowing rocking motions which do not stress any joints.
Specialized therapy courses
Thai Massage is practiced most of the time as a standard, follow the book, one-size-fits-all treatment. I developed a series of highly detailed therapy courses which focus on specific areas of the body like shoulders, back, neck, arms, hands, hips, sacrum, or knees.
These courses help therapists to go beyond the standard Thai Massage style and learn to work on problem areas in much greater depth.
Refined touch, increased sensitivity, focused energy
Thai Massage is often practiced in a rather mechanical, routine way. It also has a reputation that it can be quite painful.
Standard sessions versus specialized Thai Massage therapy
Thai Massage is mostly done as a general whole body massage. If clients have specific problems with their back, or their knees, or their hips, or their feet, most therapists don’t have enough specific therapeutic skills to address the problem effectively.
The way to success in Thai Massage is to specialize, to become known as the person who can effectively work on specific problems.
You won’t become very successful as a generalist. You need very specific knowledge, otherwise you will be just one of many therapists who have added a little Thai Massage to their repertoire.
The Thai Healing Massage Academy courses are designed to take you from a Thai Massage generalist to a highly educated and effective specialist.
Here is how you can use our courses:
- Develop a successful Thai Massage practice
- Some courses can also be used as a stand-alone modality (Heavenly Head Massage, Abdominal Massage, Thai Foot Massage)
- Many techniques in our courses can also be used in other non-Thai massage systems
- Most techniques can be used on a floor mat or on a massage table
Thai Healing Massage is Thai Massage refined, expanded, and more focused on specific therapy. It has a much bigger selection of techniques for upper body work, an emphasis on preserving the health of the therapist, and a strong focus on energy and yoga principles.
Your complete Thai Massage solution
It is possible, but not easy, to find excellent therapists here in Thailand who can do amazing work with Thai Massage. However it is very difficult to find a teacher or school that teaches at this level.
The Thai Healing Massage system does teach at such a profound level with a large selection of therapeutic applications for many specific areas of the body.
Thai Healing Massage Academy provides 20 online training courses that together bring you the most complete, refined, sophisticated, and effective Thai Massage training system you can find anywhere. The courses are presented in a professional multi-media online format with instructor support and interactive training.
The author, Shama Kern, has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 20 years. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy and the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.