Giving a genuine Thai Massage session can be quite a physical exercise for both receiver and therapist. And in the long run it definitely means physical changes for the practitioner — he or she gets fitter, stronger, and more flexible.
The most obvious change is the fact that a Thai Massage practitioner who gives regular sessions, simply builds muscle and force. He or she gets more power — in the thumbs, hands, arms, feet, legs, the belly, the back, the chest, the shoulders.
I think it’s strange that some Thai Massage teachers claim that one doesn’t need much power at all — “… with proper body mechanisms” (for instance using your body-weight to give pressure), they say, “… one can do the job.” Well, certainly there’s truth in this, but “to use proper body mechanisms” is just one part of the story.
Because look, if you give a session to a 100 kilograms guy and you want to do a particular technique lifting him, well, I assure you, besides proper technique, you do need strength. And of course teachers of the proper-body-mechanism-school would immediately object saying: “… then don’t use this technique, use another one which gives the same result, but doesn’t involve lifting.”
Yes, true, I agree, to some degree. But you know: I want to use this particular technique, because another one, although similar, will never give me the exact same result. So I, from the get-a-stronger-body-school say— “… you just need to grow more power also.”
I think it’s something often a bit underestimated. Not fully recognized. Not often taught. And growing stronger comes with a price. It’s like doing professional rugby, or playing professional soccer or any professional sport for that matter — one needs proper techniques, proper body mechanisms, proper ergonomics, but also power!
Strength! Growing power. The body changes. Undeniable.
It also means one needs to change one’s lifestyle — eating differently, living healthier in general, taking enough rest and recovery time, doing exercises or side-sports, say physical activities to counterbalance repetitive movements.
Being a serious practitioner means living it. But it’s not a sacrifice, it’s no punishment — it all comes natural if one loves the job.