If you’re located in Orange County, you might want to read an article about Thai massage on RecordOnline. It’s about a yoga instructor who is now also offering traditional Thai massage (or as it is also sometimes called in the west: “the lazy man’s yoga”) to Monroe. You can read the full article here…
Here’s a nice short professionally produced video to the world of Thai massage in Bangkok.
Unfortunately they do not make any specific recommendations about good places where you can get a Thai massage in Bangkok, but if all you want is to get a quick idea of what Thai massage is like, this is a good video.
BANGKOK, 23 August 2012 – The Ministry of Public Health has reported that the Thai massage industry last year generated up to 30 billion baht of income for the country and it is expected to expand further when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is opened.
Minister of Public Health Wittaya Buranasiri recently held a press conference on the 9th National Herb Expo, which will be held from September 5-9 with an aim to support the Thai massage industry. During the conference, he stated that related authorities are now campaigning for people to get a Thai massage when they experience body aches, instead of taking analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs.
He also disclosed a financial overview of the Thai massage industry, which showed that as much as 20-30 billion baht was generated for the country last year. It has also been discovered that nearly 2,000 people are working in this field.
Mr. Wittaya said the Ministry of Public Health is aiming to make Thailand the world’s ultimate destination for massage, with plans to improve the quality of the workers, offer more massage classes to the public and set up a massage center in every hospital.
With the AEC to be established in three years’ time, the minister expressed confidence that the Thai massage industry will flourish and bring in even more income for Thailand.
There’s a short introductory article about Thai massage on the Day Spa Magazine website.
If you’ve studied at the Wat Po massage school (which is actually named Chetawan) then you might have gotten to know Khun Preeda (Preeda Tangtrongchitr), the owner. IF so, then this article might be interesting to you, as he answers some questions and shares his views, expertise and opinions about traditional Thai massage and tells the story of how he got into this business.
His massage school has trained an estimated number of 200,000 massage therapists over the course of the last five decades, and a Wat Po certificate is still the most widely recognized accreditation for Thai massage practitioners worldwide today.
If there’d be a name for this style, I’d call it “dancing Thai yoga”. Very artful video.
If you want to learn Thai massage or currently practice it, just remember that the way it feels for the person receiving it is a lot more important than the way it looks to someone observing :-)
Here’s a little Thai massage demonstration that shows you some techniques from the seating position. These aim mainly to stretch the body and release the flow of energy:
If you are flexible, this feels great. But it can feel even greater if you are not flexible, because it opens up your body in ways that you might not imagine – however, it’s important that a skilled, experienced, qualified practitioner performs this with you slowly and carefully so that you are able to enjoy the movements in a relaxed and safe manner.
And here another video that shares some basics of how to take care of your hands and wrists when giving Thai massage:
Here is another part of the series on wrist care of Thai massage practitioners. Make sure to take care yourself just as good as you take care your clients! :-)
Here’s another video on wrist care for Thai massage practitioners. If you haven’t seen part 1 yet, watch the first part first here.