Following, you will find various videos that I have found inspiration from. Some are quite advanced (like the flying ones), some not. Take what you like and incorporate it into your own routine.
Amazing flow in this 8 minutes routine for lower back pain – the therapist moves as if she is dancing! Notice, at 4:50 the pelvis swing, feel great, believe me!
This is a 10 minutes video of an awesome therapeutic Thai massage, all in sitting position. Nice video to get ideas from 🙂
Another great video with a nice flow that integrates techniques rarely used, plus at the end some flying and inverted positions await.
At 1:35, you can see an interesting way to twist the spine.
At 2:15, the therapist literally sits on the client’s legs – effortless pressure!
Check out at 3:00, how the therapist uses his leg to facilitate a hip opener exercise.
At 5:30, another variation of the spinal twist.
At 5:40, you can use this shoulder circle move, which is very beneficial for the client, while she lies on her side.
At 7:20, notice how the therapist uses his bend knees to stretch further the client, while he lifts her from lying on the back to sitting position.
At 8:40, the therapist stretches muscles at the sides of the client, which most of the days we don’t even stretch.
At 9:10, the flying positions starts. Check how the therapist effortlessly managed to lift the client up in the air, and how the client’s body weight provides the therapeutic back stretching. These latter stretches should be practised with care and only on flexible clients.
If the client feels very relaxed and you don’t want to interrupt the silence, you can always roll him over.
At 1:30, you can see a way to turn the client from lying on the stomach to lying on the back.
At 2:40, you can see how to lift the client from lying on the back to sitting position.
At 5:30, notice how the therapist holds the hand on the client on his back with his knee. This move will expose the shoulder blade and is great for working under it.
At 8:30, a very good stretch for the sides. Here you can also see some variations of the techniques we practice at the course.
At 9:40, the famous “cat walking on the back”. Just walk along the client’s back, and then press with your feet on various heights of the client’s spine. Remember to always press next to the spine, never on the spine.
This is a 9 minutes video of a great seated Thai massage sequence.
Notice how the therapist lifts the client from lying on the back to the sitting position at 1:40. She keeps her knees straight, however, the client will feel a bigger stretch if you bend your knees while you lift him.
At 3:30 the client interlace his fingers behind the head, and you can see some variations from the course contents.
Also, notice how the therapist uses a pillow to let the client rest on her lower legs at 4:50.
In the Swedish massage, the therapist uses only his arms and predominantly his hands, which can be quite restrictive. In Thai massage though, the use of our legs can provide firm pressure or rocking, while our arms are used to stabilize or bring to specific position other parts of the receiver’s body.
In this video, you can get various ideas on how to use your legs efficiently, in order to provide a holistic treatment – some of the things you will see in this video are:
* Heel around the hip joint.
* Heels at the back of the thighs.
* Sole of the foot on chest, shoulders, arms.
* Foot to stabilize some parts of the body, while the other foot provides rocking.
* Knee pressure to iliotibial band.
* Body rocking and while twisting the spine.
* Foot for abdominal massage.
Here is a very interesting video of flying Thai massage. It combines ideas from acro-yoga and Thai massage – for example, back massage, spinal twists, neck stretches. In Thai massage, we utilize all parts of our body and you can see an example of that at 3:20, where the therapist uses his head, apart of his legs and arms, to hold and stretch the receiver’s body.
The benefit of flying techniques comes from gravity, which is the main tool on this approach to treatment. The receiver’s body is almost always in traction (lengthening the spine), while various pressure points are applied. During flying, backbends and stretches immediately become effortless and more efficient.
Please avoid these techniques without proper training.
Shiatsu or Thai massage? Does it matter how you call it when both the receiver and the provider benefit and enjoy the treatment? 🙂
Most of the techniques you will see in this video can be used in Thai massage too. Soon, I will provide videos regarding flying Thai massage, where the exact same techniques are used.
Please avoid trying out this approach without proper training, it can be very dangerous. This video is only for provoking and altering the idea you may have about Thai massage as a static treatment on the floor.
Thai massage is excellent for relaxation, however, it can be very energetic as well, and one way to provide this energy is by rocking techniques.
In this video, Krishnataki applies rocking with his arms and legs, to almost all parts of the receiver’s body. Beware that this kind of moves is suitable for flexible people, don’t try them to people with stiff muscles and joint issues – look how the lady has moved around like a rag doll.
Hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration for your next client.
Please leave your comments and suggestion below 🙂