Thai Massage Intro -69 Preparation


These are the main purposes of Thai bodywork, historically


To align the body’s physical structures


To balance the elements


To create a state of well-being


Of course,

there are many details of conditions and pathologies that are not on this list, that bodywork can help. But this is to give you an idea of what Thai bodywork is traditionally used for and help broaden the understanding that it truly was a therapeutic healing arts system before it became something done by technicians in tourist street shops.


Balancing the elements in a traditional Thai massage context is crucial for achieving holistic well-being. By harmonizing the elements of earth, water, fire, and air within the body, this ancient healing practice aims to restore equilibrium and promote optimal health. Balancing these elements is believed to facilitate the smooth flow of energy throughout the body, enhancing physical, mental, and emotional harmony. Through various techniques such as stretching, acupressure, and rhythmic compressions, a skilled Thai massage practitioner works to release blockages and restore balance, allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to function optimally. This balance promotes relaxation and stress reduction and supports the body’s ability to heal itself, fostering a sense of overall well-being. In summary, balancing the elements in traditional Thai massage is essential for promoting holistic health by restoring harmony and facilitating the free flow of energy throughout the body.

A traditional Thai massage practitioner can create a state of well-being within the receiver by using a combination of techniques that promote relaxation, improve circulation, and release tension in the body. Through the application of rhythmic pressure, stretching, and gentle manipulation of the body’s energy lines, known as Sen lines, the practitioner can help to relieve muscle stiffness, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. The massage also stimulates the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid, which can aid in the removal of toxins from the body and promote overall health. Additionally, the practitioner’s focused attention and mindful touch can create a sense of calm and deep relaxation, allowing the receiver to experience a state of mental and emotional well-being. A traditional Thai massage can help restore balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit, leaving the receiver feeling rejuvenated and revitalized.

A traditional Thai massage practitioner can help align the body’s physical structures within the receiver through a combination of stretching, compression, and pressure techniques. By applying rhythmic movements and targeted pressure along the body’s energy lines, known as Sen lines, the practitioner can release tension, improve circulation, and promote the flow of energy throughout the body. This helps to realign the musculoskeletal system, improve posture, and restore balance to the body. Additionally, the practitioner may use their hands, elbows, knees, and feet to apply pressure and manipulate the body, helping to release muscle tension and promote flexibility. Overall, a traditional Thai massage practitioner can play a crucial role in aligning the body’s physical structures and promoting overall well-being.






Self- care practice


Clean hands and feet


Interview the receiver


Make a plan


Wai Khru


Execute the plan


Preparation is a crucial aspect of any endeavor. To ensure success, one can engage in various practices and rituals. 

Meditation, for instance, allows individuals to calm their minds, focus, and gain clarity. 

Self-care practices, such as exercise and proper nutrition, are essential in maintaining physical and mental well-being. 

Clean hands and feet symbolize cleanliness and purity, creating a conducive environment for success. 

Interviewing the receiver helps to gather valuable insights and understand their needs and expectations. 

Making a plan is vital to organize tasks and set achievable goals. 

The Wai Khru ceremony, a traditional Thai ritual, expresses gratitude and respect towards teachers and mentors. 

Finally, executing the plan with dedication and precision is key to achieving desired outcomes.


Meditation is at the foundation of your Thai Massage practice. Meditation is the art of expanding the space between thinking. When we are not thinking, we are involved with the present moment. This is where you draw your inspiration from. Meditation is important because it teaches us how to listen. When we listen we can apply the massage according to the needs of the ones that we are touching. When we are quiet we can also listen to our own body’s needs. Every time we place our recipient into a different position, the body communicates what it needs to us. The more focused you can be, the better you can hear what it is saying.

Self Care

Yoga, Pilates, Chi Gong, Ruesri Dat Ton, whatever you choose to do. Take care of yourself first. If you don’t care for yourself, you will not have what you need to give to the ones you touch. Since Thai Massage is a product of the Hermit sage self-care practice, I think Ruesri Dat Ton is the ultimate self-care practice for Thai Massage practitioners.
In conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, the Ruesri Dat Ton practice can help keep you physically, emotionally, and mentally balanced. Ruesri Dat Ton and Meditation is extremely helpful in gaining mastery over one’s body, vital energy, and mind. Regular Ruesri Dat Ton practice develops poise, calmness and balance, Increases self-awareness, Develops breath control, and Harmonizes flow of vital energy (“Prana”). Ruesri Dat Ton practice develops the ability to relax the body, Stills the mind, Purifies, and energizes one’s self. Ruesri Dat Ton is ideal for meditators, mystics, and yogis, but anybody can improve themself. Mastery of posture, breathing, vital power, self-awareness, and relaxation are critical to success in all sorts of practices.

Wash Up

Washing hands is a basic professionalism for every massage therapist. It is also respectful and common courtesy. Since we use our feet when we render a Thai Massage, these statements extend to our feet. Any bare skin you use to contact the receiver should be washed before and after you render a Thai Massage. Any clothing that you are wearing that comes in contact with the client should be laundered before using it for the next session.

Health History

Review the health history of your clients before you ever start to work. Curate an understanding for the person. Determine the elemental constitution and locate where the imbalance resides.
Work with the Sen in their entirety that is most consistent with the imbalance from one end to the other.

To Do

To develop resolve, one must cultivate a strong intention. This requires a clear, focused mindset and determination to follow through on one’s goals. By setting specific objectives and creating a plan of action, individuals can strengthen their resolve and increase their chances of success. Additionally, maintaining a positive mindset and seeking support from others can help bolster one’s determination. Ultimately, developing resolve requires a commitment to personal growth and a willingness to overcome obstacles in pursuit of one’s intentions.
Intention is of utmost importance for a Thai massage practitioner. It sets the tone and purpose of the session, guiding the practitioner’s actions and energy throughout the treatment. With a clear intention, the practitioner can create a safe and healing space for the client. Additionally, intention helps the practitioner focus their attention and awareness on the client’s specific needs, allowing for a more personalized and effective treatment. By setting a positive intention, the practitioner can cultivate a sense of trust and connection with the client, enhancing the overall therapeutic experience. In summary, intention plays a vital role in guiding the practitioner’s actions, creating a healing environment, and facilitating a meaningful and beneficial Thai massage session.
Repetition of lessons builds muscle memory, allowing the mind to form stronger connections and engage intuition.

Wai Khru:

We invoke the spirit of our founder,


We know of him because of his saintly life.

May the knowledge of nature be further revealed.

May the true medicine be shown today.

Out of respect for that which he has established before us and our best intentions for the life of the one we serve now.

Potential for healing exists outside of the giver. Having SHIVAGO as our example, let ourselves be like a channel in which this potential can flow through us and help the one that we serve to release any illness and be happy.

 At the outset of my Thai Massage practice, I felt the sequence of movements was the most important factor regarding how effective the session would ultimately be. I believed there was a perfect sequence, and if I could learn all of the moves and remember the order to do them, I would have it. I found a book depicting the Thai Massage in 108 pictures and assumed this was how to do it. I required clients to book long sessions to complete a growing list of techniques and go into greater detail to achieve them. After some years of trying to learn the whole thing, I became confused when I received sessions from other practitioners who had a sequence that was different yet still quite effective and satisfying. Not yet able to let go of my initial belief, I began to assert that sequence was always the ultimate remedy, but sensing which parts of the sequence to emphasize and which parts to leave out was the objective to realizing the full potential within a session.

 Having a sequence is an efficient and effective approach for beginners.

  There are thousands of “special” moves that one might do. Narrowing them down to 108 of them that addresses an array of common problems that people typically present is a good idea for beginners. Just like learning the alphabet, we put the letters into a specific order to remember them, and our teachers can tell you which ones you have left out. Having a massage sequence is an excellent way to organize your time into an impressive flow for clients, and this often helps us find things that our clients didn’t even realize they needed help with. It is also a brilliant way for a teacher to present the material and for tourist schools to enjoy the economies of scale as one teacher can simultaneously work with many students. Schools can also more easily replace their teachers with former students and keep payroll costs down.

As we have seen in Chapter II, not every person has the same needs to return the spheres to balance, and the things that are good for one elemental imbalance may not be so good for another. Results will also vary even when rendering the same sequence because we can modify our attitude toward the objective and experience more significant results when our approach matches the individual’s needs regarding their elemental constitution.

If there is one way that we can define a sequence that accounts for the needs of every imbalance, it would be this:

Always work from superficial to deep. Begin at the surface level; move your intention to the tissue level when it lets you through. When you can go past the tissue level without the body protecting itself, you can ultimately treat the individual at the SEN level.