I have been doing Thai massage for thirteen years now and it still feels as good for me as it was 13 years ago and it just keeps getting better. I want to share with you the number one most important thing to giving a terrific massage that you can learn by the end of this paragraph and you’ll already have a great start on giving an outstanding Thai massage.
But first I want to tell you a little about myself and how I got here. I was teaching SCUBA diving in Thailand. Not having much direction in life, however I knew I didn’t want to live the good life of a dive instructor forever. I received massages at least once a week or more. It is available anywhere for only about $10 for 90 minutes. This was how I came to love Thai massage, but not yet how I came to be passionate about it. When my partner Amy came to travel Thailand with me I realized I didn’t want to go home without Thai massage in my life. I was already addicted to this incredible vitalizing massage. Amy convinced me to take 2 levels of training in Chiang Mai Thailand and look where I am now. I would go on to practice for a year in Halifax before studying and practicing in Montreal.
However at that time I was disconnected from my spiritual self. During the first week of training I rejected these wonderful feelings I had always pushed down before. I didn’t think I could do the meditation. I didn’t think I could keep doubt from my mind. I didn’t think that I was worthy of learning this style of massage. During the second week everything shifted and I felt a profound love of GIVING this Thai massage. Now, with over 500 hours of training plus specialized teacher training from some of the best teachers and practitioners in North America. I have massaged over one-thousand clients across Canada and have taught classes and workshops out of yoga studios or massage schools since 2010. Any person is welcome on my mat. Inclusivity is a pillar. I have massaged large people, small people, dancers, athletes, immobilized people, people with fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, joint pain, emotional pain, neurodivergent people, and many others. However my two years as a SCUBA instructor has been valuable as well.
When I started teaching Thai massage. Previous teaching experience has shown me how to teach in a way that is effective, efficient, and safe. For a little while I went to Pharmacy school and graduated in 2019. During that time I felt I was missing my passion, giving Thai massage to my son, my wife, or to anyone who would trade, but I didn’t have time to give it my full attention. I started to have a lot of stress and I would say things like “man, I need to get more massages”. Until one day, on a camping trip, it suddenly dawned on me that, I was too tense, but it was the other way around. I didn’t have to get more massages, I had to GIVE more massages!
Because Thai massage is a joyous practice for both giver and receiver. It is a form of yoga. A rocking dance for the giver, and a very relaxing, rocking massage for the receiver. So Thai massage remained a passion that I can’t suppress any longer. I am giving it my full energy now, using my education as a way to practice with a greater understanding of people's underlying ailments and how one can help them.
Now I tell you, You have given me your time to read this whole paragraph and I thank you for that. Now I’m going to tell you how you can give a great massage, and you can learn it in a effective, efficient and safe way that will have you giving an amazing massage even before you finish the course. Get rid of that doubt about whether you can or can’t meditate, or that you are inflexible, or maybe you have been told you give a bad massage, or that you are not worthy of giving and receiving touch in this way. Throw that all out the window. I’m telling you that is baggage you don’t need. Because I will tell you the secret to giving an amazing massage. Thai massage techniques are important to learn, we know this already, but they are secondary to the number one rule and that is to massage with loving tender kindness in your heart. Buddhism refers to this as Metta meditation, to set the intention before and throughout the massage. With Metta in your heart you are already half way to giving a wonderful massage! Because as my late teacher Kam Thye would say "When you touch the body with metta in your heart, you cannot go wrong."
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I thank you for joining me today and I’ll see you next time. Namaste