What Makes Thai Massage Genuine?

By on 1-17-2017 in Thai Massage

What Makes Thai Massage Genuine?
Nowadays there are numerous hundred massage designs; consisting of numerous Thai massage ones. A century ago massage was not so popular and extensive in the west. Compared with today, there were few massage designs. In the last couple of years lots of designs of massage, bodywork, physical treatment, and yoga and energy recovery were established. Exactly what makes them genuine?

Let’s take a look at how such designs establish.

1. Somebody keeps establishing an existing system and turns it into something brand-new. For instance Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and sports massage are plainly associated.

2. Somebody has a great insight and develops a genuinely unique technique. An example would be Trager or Feldenkrais.

3. Somebody research studies a number of systems and integrates them into a brand-new design. An example would be Thai Massage integrated with aspects from Shiatsu and Tui Na.


4. Somebody customizes an existing system and provides it a brand-new name. An example would be Thai massage and Thai Yoga Massage.

At one point all those brand-new systems were unidentified. They were not viewed as genuine, and were often branded as heresy because they diverged from a recognized design. In time a growing number of individuals studied the brand-new system, books were discussed it, it ended up being extensively understood and accepted, and then it ended up being a genuine design. At this moment it ended up being copyrighted, preserved in stone and repaired with genuine handbooks and guidelines.

In the next stage the tables are turned, and if somebody practices the system in a various way, that is proclaimed unauthentic and versus the spirit of the sensible creator of the excellent system. If sufficient individuals see an advantage in the brand-new heretical design, it will gradually become its own genuine system. In this way the cycle continues.

Just recently I check out a post composed by a western massage therapist who required that Thai massage professionals recognize if they practice northern or southern or citizen design which they need to show that they understand a specific prayer that some Thai massage schools in Thailand teach.

Here in Thailand most therapists never ever recite this prayer, and might refrain from doing so if asked. And those designs are commonly combined. There are no set borders. In the northern city of Chiang Mai there are schools that teach the Bangkok design, others teach northern design, and some instructors have their own special design.

Exists anything to be gotten by massage puritanism? Is a massage much better because it has a particular label? Exists anything incorrect with enhancing or altering a massage design? In my mind the response to all 3 concerns is no. Credibility is a beneficial requirement for jewels, art work, or antiques. Recovery treatment on a greater level is a distinctively private ability which defies efforts to be enacted laws by meanings or labels.

A few of my finest Thai massage instructors had their own distinct design, which is exactly what made them unique. Worldwide of massage and recovery treatment, labels, designs and credibility ready structures for one’s preliminary education. However the more one masters the recovery occupations, the less there is any need to restrict oneself to classifications and labels. Recovery is a distinctively personal expression that comes not a lot from strategy than from one’s heart, one’s intent, and one’s enthusiasm.

I need to confess that I am prejudiced to the eastern technique, and my viewpoints are based upon having actually resided in Asia for several years, and having actually practiced and taught Thai massage for more than 10 years. Asian therapists are much less thinking about classifying, identifying and confirming than their western equivalents. I am unsure exactly what a ‘genuine’ Thai massage is, however I sure can inform an excellent one when I get it.