As Thai Massage gives us this abundantly rich and exotic set of tools and techniques, we often tend to forget that Thai Massage is also… massage.
When first learning Thai Massage there’s lots of focus on technique, say, on stretches, fancy Yoga-poses, acupressure (points), position, transitions and of course—working the Sen-lines. Yes. But you know, there’s still a place for massage there. Just—massage.
Not because Thai Massage is called Thai Massage, but because “just massage” has its own ends. It means touching, kneading, tapping, soothing in order to relieve muscle tension and loosening up joints in a gentle and rhythmic fashion.
It means using “classic” techniques like effleurage (stroking), friction (for instance circling into muscles), petrissage (grabbing and lifting, genuinely kneading, rolling), tapotement (like chopping) and vibration (rapidly shaking an area with the hand or fingers).
I know it’s a tough job to cover the whole range and depth of Thai Massage methods and techniques. I know it takes years of continuous learning, practicing and in-depth experience. It’s quite an enterprise to become a complete practitioner.
But still, that isn’t an excuse—we shouldn’t forget… and schools and teachers shouldn’t leave out to remember us that Thai Massage is Massage… also!