Thai Massage is obviously a huge part of my life and it’s something that I want to share with the world in a way that helps people to understand that this is not just a professional tool – or something you use only for work – it’s something that profoundly influences who you are and how you show up in this world.
Learning Thai Massage has the dual impact of providing you with the skills and techniques to help others release tension, recover from injury (and many other things), but it also catalyses some other pretty huge changes. These changes could even be more valuable than the professional skillset you get.
Here’s the top 3 ways Thai Massage training changes you:
- Improves awareness of your own movement – this is useful to ensure that you develop and maintain really mindful and healthy movement across the lifespan. We focus on understanding effective movement and positioning throughout courses. Not only will this mean you maintain mobility, which is functional, but it also improves your understanding of your impact on the space around you. When you have an increased self-awareness you’ll simply notice more – you’ll be more chivalrous, because you’ll recognize that someone is coming through the same door behind you, or you’ll recognize that they’ll be at the door before you. Self-awareness is a huge key for so many great things, both internally and as a result of awareness and consideration, externally as well.
- Touch becomes a bigger part of your life – this makes you a more compassionate, happy and healthy person. It sounds cliche, but the more time you spend in physical contact with other people, the more you produce Dopamine, Serotonin and Oxytocin – 3 of the big JOY hormones. It also reduces Cortisol – one of the primary stress-related hormones, and one that is highly correlated to many ill-health scenarios. When training in Thai Massage you touch vocabulary, confidence and comfort with touch all increase and when you have greater comfort and confidence with anything you’re more likely to use it more often.
- Connection to others becomes stronger – part of this results from the above influence of having more touch. Oxytocin is often considered the “love hormone” but a little more holistically it’s the “bonding hormone”, and so when you touch others more, you develop more profound bonds and connection with them. Another part of this lies in the depth of information that is communicated through touch. It has been shown that touch communicates enormous amounts of information and that it is very difficult to lie or be false with our touch. Because of this, we inherently trust the people we are in physical contact with more. We also have a more detailed and complete communication, which strengthens those bonds further.
I can’t tell you the incredible transformation I’ve been through, and continue to go through, since taking my Thai Massage training. The relationships I’ve cultivated since then have been profoundly different, in ways that make me feel like I’m building the tribe I’ve always felt drawn to.
In essence, Thai massage training will change your life. It will be one of the greatest things you can do for yourself and for the world around you. And as a bonus, you’ll also be able to make a profession out of it, if you so choose.