It is also known as the Ancient Siamese Bodywork, Buntautuk style, traditional massage, Thai Classical or traditional Thai Medical Massage, Thai Yoga, Ancient Massage, Yoga Massage, Passive Yoga, northern style Thai massage, Old Medicine Hospital Style, Thai Yoga Massage, the Bodywork and Assisted Yoga. For those who have already experience this kind of massage they say it is more energizing and more rigorous. That is why it is also called a yoga massage because the therapist uses his hands, knees, legs and feet to move the client in a yoga-like stretches. Some would even say it’s just like doing yoga without really doing it.
Typically, the massage would last for about 60 minutes to 1 hour. In some spas they would probably require the client to bring some additional clothing that is comfortable. But there are also times in which they would provide the client with the clothing. According to some experts the use of traditional herbs and the combination of the four elements — that is earth, wind, fire, and water – which makes Thai massage unique. In fact, the main objective of a Thai massage is to improve blood circulation.
It is no wonder that when one visits Thailand they could find a number of schools that teaches massage. But actually the concept of starting a school started on the temple grounds itself. It is said that the temple had a large four sided building on the middle and a courtyard. The temple or watt pho is responsible for setting up the first Thai massage school in Thailand. Today, from what used to be just a temple ground they have already created more buildings and a larger campus for the school.
Thus, it is no wonder why Thai massage is getting to be more and more popular. With the benefits one can get from it and the healing factor involve it is really worth it. That is why whenever you go to spas Thai massage is included in their services. Or if one happens to visit Thailand it is always included in their itinerary. Therapists in Thailand have generally never been exposed to anything but the traditional way of working, and therefore you don’t find much blending and changing in Thailand.
Also western therapists have often started out learning massage, and mostly Swedish massage, on a table. Therefore many of them have adapted Thai Massage to the table which of course changes it somewhat, and many blend Thai Massage with Swedish massage.
Personally I have studied Thai Massage in Thailand with several excellent and well known teachers. They all had their own style and their own unique techniques. And that is without blending Thai Massage with any other modalities.
So what style should you choose as an aspiring Thai Massage practitioner? This depends on 4 factors mostly:
1. What style do you most enjoy receiving? You will do best giving what you like to receive.
2. Which teacher do you resonate with? You will be most inspired if your teacher can bring the technique alive for you.
3. Which style works for you and your body? For example, if you study a very rigid style which relies on a lot of thumb pressure work, but your thumbs cannot handle it, then this is not the best choice for you.
Dominique is a Registered Massage Therapist who practices both Swedish and Thai Yoga massage. She uses and recommends both the Thai herbal compress and poultice for treatments and for personal use.
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