Losing our Hands with Thai Massage

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Published | Updated February 6, 2019

Losing the hands
When we start learning Thai Massage there’s a lot of emphasis on learning the techniques. Of simply learning to do a massage, learning a specific sequence. And… that’s perfectly alright.

And usually, Thai Massage teachers also mention ergonomic issues for the practitioner urging us to watch our alignment, to watch our back, use our body weight, work from out our belly, and so on. And this also is… perfectly fine.

What they often don’t tell us is that it’s almost impossible to make a decent living with Thai Massage without losing your hands! They won’t tell us, because what’s the point in learning us to become a Thai Massage practitioner if it will ruin our health?

Of course, this is not exclusively a Thai Massage practitioner problem. Lots of masseurs suffer more or less from hand, finger, or wrist-related tendon, bone, and articulation problems. Yet… the great thing about practitioning Thai Massage is that we can also use elbows, arms, knees, feet, legs, and buttocks. So we should. To protect ourselves.

It’s unfortunate that most beginner Thai Massage courses in Thailand focus too much on traditional hand-work. But it’s the tradition. And traditionally Thai Massage used to be given on a rather irregular basis, so it didn’t damage the hands at all. But nowadays, a professional Thai Massage practitioner does quite a bunch of massages weekly (or even daily) and that puts considerable strain.

In a private conversation, one of my teachers in Chiang Mai even told me he normally doesn’t use the hands at all. “It’s fatal,” he said. I was astonished—perplexed, and asked him why he still teaches the hand-work. “It’s the curriculum,” he said—“the tradition.” Well, I’ll tell you this—after experiencing the disastrous effects to my hands myself, I now say loud and clear: let’s CHANGE the curriculum!!

And I know—it will mean different, adapted courses, other courses. It will mean changing the tradition—a bit. But it’s worth it! It’s necessary.

Because who wants to lose his hands? And who wants to be responsible for his or her students losing the hands? And tell me, who is in need of a crippled Thai Massage practitioner?

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