Thai massage uses joint manipulation, stretching and supported, passive movements. Give or receive a Thai massage with tips from a licensed massage therapist in this free video series on massage therapy.
Hello, my name's Rebecca Herrick. I'm here to show you how to give a Thai massage. Thai massage is done on the floor, usually on a mat with a comfortable table, and I mean, comfortable blanket and pillows propping up, and supporting of the various body parts. The client is wearing loose comfortable clothing. There's a lot of joint manipulation in Thai massage. A lot of stretching, a lot of supported, passive movement of the client's body. It works to balance the different meridians in the body, so there's a lot of two handed connectedness going on. The practitioner and the client move together. The client will always be kind of moving around in this lunging, squatted position, to address the different areas of the body, that they're focusing on. One of the techniques that they use, is working with the feet to manipulate the different muscles, with added pressure of the feet. So, an example of that would be stepping on the client's feet, and just distributing your weight evenly, slowly, shifting back and forth. And, creating a nice, slow, rhythmic movement. And a strong flow, it's almost like a dance. They use a lot of Yoga techniques in their treatment, as well. And that would be how to give a Thai massage.