Why I close My Eyes During a Thai Massage

Closing my eyes helps to reduce distractions and allows me to focus on the Thai massage experience.

When you receive a Thai massage from me at Sirius Health, you might notice that I usually have my eyes closed during the massage. There are a couple of reasons I do this. First, during a Thai massage, I often hover over and around you on the mat, so it can be awkward if we both have our eyes open. I don’t like the therapist covering my eyes when I receive a massage. Plus, I built a beautiful treatment room with a fibre optic ceiling and fireplace that I want you to enjoy. So I close my eyes so you can enjoy your treatment without consciously looking around me.

The more important reason is that when I studied Thai massage with Mr. Nat, a blind Thai massage master practitioner at Supattra Blind Massage in Chiang Mai, he told me that I should learn to massage with my eyes closed as they can deceive me and distract me. When I close my eyes, I can more easily concentrate on what my hands are feeling and match my pressure according to how receptive your muscles and tissues are to the acupressure and stretching I am doing.

The offshoot of this practice is that my style of Thai massage is most similar to the technique I learned with Mr. Nat. When my eyes are closed, I don’t have the luxury of constantly moving around your body to reposition myself for the following technique. Instead, I have developed sequences and transitions that require minimal movement, allowing me to progress without ever having to remove my hands to reposition or open my eyes to see where to move next.

Close your eyes and you will see.
Joseph Joubert
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