Thai massage is also referred to as “Thai yoga massage.” This is a traditional massage technique that combines acupressure, Ayurvedic principles, and assisted movements and postures such as those in yoga. There are “energy lines” that are meant to be affected with this type of massage.
How Does It Differ From Western Techniques?
Western massage styles and techniques often have the client laying on their back or stomach, mostly relaxed and not participating much in the massage. During that massage, the client is often moved around by the massage therapist. The therapist may also move around and above the client to access a wider range of angles and even use their own body mechanics to help such as the use of their feet.
There are many benefits to this massage technique, including lowering stress, boosting your energy, and relieving headaches. Because Thai massage incorporates yoga-like stretches, Thai massage is a great option to increase your range of mobility.
The Professional Massage Academy focuses on teaching Western techniques and education about pathology, anatomy and physiology. There is also exploration on Eastern modalities in the curriculum, as well as specific techniques. The curriculum is extensive and inclusive, thus allowing the massage therapist to decide where their “niche” may lie.