In Thailand, Thai Massage is, among other things, called Nuat Thai (Thai Touch/Massage) or Nuat Boran (Ancient Massage), and in fact, Thai Massage is all about healing. But then, what exactly is it that Thai Massage is supposed to heal?
In the context of Thai Traditional Medicine there are three features to be recognized— body, emotions/spirit/mind (the latter together called citta), and energy. Although different in appearance, I consider these aspects only to be different ways of expressing a state of being.
Now, people can have a physical injury or disability. People can be stressed out, feel low-energy, or stiff, or depressed, or insecure, or imbalanced. These are states of being we generally consider negative. What we (try to) do with Thai Massage, is to alleviate or to undo these discomforts. We try to heal. With touch. With talks. With smiles. With massage. With stretches. With yoga postures. With realignment.
To us, practitioners, it doesn’t really matter if the client’s problems have a physical, emotional, mental or energetic background—they’re very often interrelated. No hard boundaries there. We work with our body and our intention—and with, and through the body of our clients in order to reactivate their natural self-healing potential. Because we believe that a human being can heal him- or herself.
We try to break through. Through real and imagined barriers and blocks, we try to “break” resistance in order to let our clients clear their discomforts, disorders and imbalances by stimulating the free flow of life-energy, nutritions and… self-love, helping their bodies to work to its fullest capacity.
I admit, we Thai Massage practitioners are a bit like sheep in wolves’ clothing though—we bite with a smile! As the saying goes: no pain, no gain! Well—good pain that is.