This article is a sequel of Thai Massage and Emotional Release – Part 1.
It’s important to start a Thai Massage session with telling receivers that it’s all right to experience emotional release. We need to reassure them that we (the masseurs) are prepared for their release expressions; that we don’t consider them strange or bizarre if and when they show strong (uncontrollable) emotions.
I always explain to them that emotional release is nothing to worry about, that in fact it’s a healthy cleansing process, a release of (mental and emotional) tension stored in their body.
However, we need to be aware of the fact that some receivers do not at all want to experience emotional release: they might be afraid or not used to surrender themselves to their feelings and/or to relive maybe traumatic experiences. This is something we need to always respect.
Sometimes receivers already start crying or shaking even when just telling them that they might experience emotional release during the session and that they are “allowed to.” At this stage we haven’t even started the massage or touched them!
During an actual outburst, it’s recommendable to ask the receiver if he/she wants to take a pause or even if he/she wants to stop the session. Maybe the client wants to get up, take a little walk or drink a bit of water. Sometimes receivers want to talk about what is happening. Having tissues available comes handy.
If the receiver doesn’t want to stop, I would normally continue the work (often diminishing a bit the intensity of the massage until the receiver recovers). But sometimes, when receivers point out that they want “to get to the bottom of it,” I don’t lessen intensity, but in contrast sustain or even deepen pressure and profundity.
After a session I tell receivers that they might experience forms of emotional release in the days to follow and that it’s all right to contact me if they worry about the symptoms or just want to talk about what they experience. I always invite my clients to give me some news/feedback after 5-7 days.