If you are a Licensed Holistic Practitioner or RMT with Thai massage experience, we would love to speak with you. We are all self-employed, yet form part of a small community of Practitioners, RMTs and students. We have a beautiful studio set up Thai-style, with 4 curtained treatment rooms. Hall-style massage is sometimes carried out too, where we can open our doors at a discount to the public, thereby making Thai massage accessible to everyone. Practitioners and RMTs join together in marketing strategies to help build their practices and generate regular clients, and have an opportunity to participate as mentors in the Student Clinics. Staff and students are able to participate in advanced workshops at reduced rates.
In joining our community, you must be dedicated to this modality. In addition, you need to be community-oriented as we operate much like a collective even though we are self-employed. This is your home, your space and all are expected to contribute to the running of it. In order to join our community you must be prepared to work at least one regular 5-6 hour shift per week. We are constantly creating opportunities to work both onsite and offsite through our Corporate Health and Wellness Programs.
For RMT's we also offer free training in Traditional Thai Massage (the original Fascial Stretch Therapy) who are willing to commit one shift per week and subject to certain conditions. Please contact us for further details.
The International Spa Association (ISPA) identifies Thai massage as one of the “key trends” in the spa industry and one of the fastest-growing modalities requested by customers in North America. Eager to diversify their offerings, many spas are looking for practitioners with Thai massage skills. If you are interested in bodywork, yoga or fitness of any kind, this could be a wonderful new career for you.
Thai massage actually saves wear and tear on practitioner joints and muscles—sometimes even reviving the professional lives of massage therapists who suffer from “table fatigue” or work-related injuries.
Thai massage can extend the life of your practice. All work is performed with a neutral spine. A practitioner's body is positioned either directly above or at roughly 90 degrees to the client’s body. This eliminates the spinal torque created when standing next to the client to give a table massage. Working for hours with a torqued spine creates back pain.
The power behind Thai massage is gravity, not muscle exertion. For example, when standing upright the bones of your legs are aligned and gravity is working for you. However, as soon as you begin to bend your knees toward a sitting or squatting position, your muscles have to work hard to hold you up. It’s the same when performing massage. Working with bent arms means using muscle. By contrast, working with extended limbs is almost effortless.
The actions of Thai massage involve pushing and rocking more than stroking and kneading. This eliminates continual exertion of the vulnerable tissues of arms, wrists, and fingers—a prime culprit behind the repetitive motion injuries too common among massage practitioners.
To see how this all comes together, consider the example of a common massage action: rotating the client’s leg in its hip socket. In a traditional massage, you stand next to the client and support the leg with the contracting muscles of bent arms; if your client weighs two hundred pounds or more, that’s a lot of work. With Thai massage, you’re in a lunge on the floor and simply holding the client’s heel. Gravity is doing most of the work; you merely rock into the client’s body. The power behind Thai massage is excellent body mechanics and conscious breathing. It is only initially challenging until your body grows accustomed to moving in this new way.
You don’t need a perfect yoga body either to perform Thai massage. The key is to modify each technique not only for the client’s comfort but also for your own—as long as you follow the guidelines of alignment and sound body mechanics. In Thailand, family members can practice well into their nighties - much like yoga.
Thai massage helps you tune into your own self-awareness. Practitioners are taught to attend to their own breath, body mechanics, and inner experience in ways that transform the massage into a self-nurturing meditation. This makes the massage a better experience for the client, since any tension in the giver will consciously or unconsciously pass into the receiver. It also leads to a safer and more satisfying experience for the practitioner.
The most important thing to remember about Thai massage is that it does not tax the therapist in order to yield profound results for the client. The gentle rocking movements calm the giver as much as the receiver.
Thai massage is no more complicated to learn than any other massage modality that involves a whole-body treatment routine. Our courses are designed to give you the basic toolbox to perform a 3 hour sequence. Over time, our workshops will help you add tools to layer your practice. Have a look at our courses today!