thai massage benefits Archives - Byron Thai Massage School https://www.byronthaimassage.com/tag/thai-massage-benefits/ Learn the best thai massage style, in our short massage courses. Australia Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:12:20 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.byronthaimassage.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-BTMS_Favicon_Round_COLOUR-32x32.jpg thai massage benefits Archives - Byron Thai Massage School https://www.byronthaimassage.com/tag/thai-massage-benefits/ 32 32 The Internal Side Seen from the Outside, through Thai Massage https://www.byronthaimassage.com/internal-side-seen-outside-thai-yoga-massage/ https://www.byronthaimassage.com/internal-side-seen-outside-thai-yoga-massage/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 09:16:30 +0000 https://www.byronthaimassage.com/?p=7770 Physical, emotional, environmental? Is it one or the other? The body: the external; the emotional: the internal; the environment we live in: the container. What causes what? What influences what? Do we feel, or do we suppress? Does stuff sneak out? Does something filter in? Legitimate questions that could link answers from psychotherapists, massage therapists, […]

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Physical, emotional, environmental? Is it one or the other?

The body: the external; the emotional: the internal; the environment we live in: the container. What causes what? What influences what?

Do we feel, or do we suppress? Does stuff sneak out? Does something filter in?

Legitimate questions that could link answers from psychotherapists, massage therapists, osteopaths, sociologists, natural therapists and so on.

This is my answer, from my personal experience, as a Thai Massage therapist and teacher.

For who is familiar with and open to the idea of mirrors and the reflections they give us, Thai massage is a perfect mirror to show the receiver how much tension he or she is holding and where in the physical body.

Being the body a concrete physical manifestation of thoughts, emotions, emotional patterns, unresolved past experiences; being that Thai massage works though a sequence of motions, which constantly require complete surrender to the flow of the stretches; it becomes easy for the receiver to gain awareness on where she/he is storing stuff and how much he/she is holding and controlling the body.

As a Thai Massage practitioner, who moves people around, lifts and stretches their limbs, rotates ankles and wrists, I immediately noticed how much unconscious tension there is, for example, in people who have a stressful life, who may have a stressful job, who are always busy and therefore out of touch with themselves.

Without any judgement on the reasons why that is, it’s very interesting to notice how much we human beings can be out of touch with our internal reality.  We manage to ignore our feelings, our emotions, to shut down to a body that is trying to tell us things we obviously don’t want to hear, or don’t have the time to hear.

Consequently, to successfully ignore our body screaming for help, we build tension and hold ‘control’ on the body. I have so often massaged clients who are not able to let go of their limbs, whom I ask to drop and let me hold, but they are not aware they are holding.

To have total control, we all know, feels safe, but we also know it’s not so good for our physical body. The first step then, for those who are ready to move through their own resistance, is to simply notice, to become aware of what we are doing and just observe it.

From there the path opens to the one of the Buddhist teaching that Thai massage derives from: the loving kindness and compassion, which is not meant only towards others, but also towards ourselves!

 

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The Other Side of Thai Massage https://www.byronthaimassage.com/the-other-side-of-thai-massage/ https://www.byronthaimassage.com/the-other-side-of-thai-massage/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:25:02 +0000 http://www.byronthaimassage.com/wordpress/byrontha-wordpress/?p=5653 Traditional Thai massage is quite passive for the receiver, but very active for the giver, who by giving treatments, in time, will develop strength and flexibility. I believe it to be a real discipline of health, meaning, it requires good self-discipline to be sustainably performed. Practitioners need to use their body weight correctly, in the […]

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Traditional Thai massage is quite passive for the receiver, but very active for the giver, who by giving treatments, in time, will develop strength and flexibility.

I believe it to be a real discipline of health, meaning, it requires good self-discipline to be sustainably performed.

Practitioners need to use their body weight correctly, in the most functional way and with the least effort (effective). This requires constant awareness of their own body, posture and movements.

My biggest struggle in my teaching is to convey  the importance of  ‘moving from the core’.
Not in a theoretical way, obviously, but the practical use of it. Leading the movement with the body structure,  rocking in and out of the central position, instead of the intentional force applied locally are the bases to a good Thai Massage, in my opinion.

Practitioners need:
To keep flexible:  stretch, practice yoga, receive treatments.
Even more, they need strength and stability: weight training, Pilates, martial art, dance, all disciplines that strengthen the stabilizer muscles.
They need to learn to breathe deeply, rhythmically, exhaling entirely.
Calm the mind and focus the attention on what they are doing, on the present moment, the now.
Keep a good, positive intention, outcome, so that the energy can flow between the practitioner and the receiver and healing can occur.
Eat healthy, don’t smoke, or drink as you are on the path of health.

Those are all my personal opinions and if you resonate with them and are interested in adventuring down this path, then get to work and have fun with it!

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Do you ever walk out of oil style massages feeling heavy, sluggish and just want to go to sleep? https://www.byronthaimassage.com/oil-massage-vs-thai-massage/ https://www.byronthaimassage.com/oil-massage-vs-thai-massage/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:58:36 +0000 http://www.byronthaimassage.com/wordpress/byrontha-wordpress/?p=5645 Well, I can give you my personal point of view about it. I believe that, the fundamental way, most other styles of massage go about it, is not quite complete. Yes we may have an injury, a sore muscle, a specific alignment in an area that needs absolute work and release. That is what remedial […]

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Well, I can give you my personal point of view about it.

I believe that, the fundamental way, most other styles of massage go about it, is not quite complete.

Yes we may have an injury, a sore muscle, a specific alignment in an area that needs absolute work and release. That is what remedial and sport massages are best for, but ultimately while working on muscles, we still need to be aware of the energy in the body.

The energy through our bodies moves through channels that are called meridians, Sens, energy lines, etc in different traditions.

I believe a good full body Thai Massage moves the energy within the joints (through stretches), along the channels and out of the body (through meridian work).

You can think of it as a physical thing or a metaphysical thing, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that by stretching + working the energy lines and the pressure points we draw the energy out, towards the extremities of the body and leave the client often energised, rather than sluggish and tired.

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