The Way Of Thai Massage

Thai massage sequences should give you experience to become confident enough to work from intuition.

In 1965, Bruce Lee developed a form of fighting called Jeet Kune Do, the Way of the Fist. Lee felt that Kung Fu was not helpful in a real fight because he thought that traditions hampered Kung Fu. Rather than reject Kung Fu altogether, Lee looked at Kung Fu techniques from a purely scientific point of view and created his new style.

Thai massage, like Kung Fu, is tradition-based. Each school, including Sirius Health, is a lineage students join by studying at any particular school. When I studied Thai massage in Thailand, I often took note of techniques that I felt were awkward or transitions where we had to move around the client’s body unnecessarily.

So in developing my style of Thai massage, or my lineage, I applied a similar process of looking at every technique and deciding what was most effective for my clients and me as a practitioner. I focused on utilizing body weight and gravity to make each skill controllable, robust and safe for the practitioner. And I gave special consideration to stitching together sequences that required the least movement for the practitioner.

Lee later developed the theory that any style hindered a fighter’s true ability and renounced Jeet Kune Do. Lee felt that to be a good fighter, a person had to know what was most effective for themselves. Ultimately, that is the goal of a Thai massage practitioner as well. The sequences you learn in schools should give you the experience to become confident enough to work from intuition.

When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.
Kahlil Gibrán

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