Thai Bodywork - A Practitioner’s Approach
The practice of Thai Bodywork (aka Thai massage) is in one word beautiful. At times it may seem simple and not necessarily rigorous as in a deep tissue massage, but the profound nature of the practice continues to both surprise and humble me. I am privileged to be a practitioner and I do not take lightly the honor it is to work with an individual.
Each session is a moving meditation with Divine Matter, the body and soul of another being. The recipient is invited to be totally soft and limp like a rag doll, I do the work (hence how in Thai it translates to ‘Lazy Man’s Yoga’). That said, the courage and vulnerability it takes for a person to be open to the healing aid of another is far from lazy.
Yoga is a self-care practice. Thai massage opens the opportunity to address qualities of the body that one may not be able to manage or heal on their own. The mind also gets a chance to unplug. These moments of total body-mind relaxation, coupled with trusting the practitioner, is when the real magic of Thai massage takes place.
As a practitioner, it is not me doing the work. I do not take credit for any healing experienced. It is the practice.
Aside from the physical technique, style and knowledge of Thai massage, many practitioners also embrace ‘metta bhavana’ as part of their personal meditation practice. Metta bhavana (to cultivate loving-kindness) creates compassion and loving connections to others. It makes Thai massage a heart-based practice. With each session it is my intention to be centered in and move from the heart, while the mind stays focused on the present moment. Through my hands comes the wisdom of this practice that dates back to the time of the Buddha.
Thai massage has many layers and depth to offer. It meets anyone where they are.
Thai massage welcomes all. Try it and let it serve you.
May you be healthy. May you be light. May you be peace.