The self-healing power of becoming a Thai Yoga Massage therapist
By Katrin Heuser
Working as a Thai Yoga Massage therapist, you often need to explain what you actually do. So that’s a good place to start before talking about the transformational journey it can be.
Thai Yoga Massage is a healing art that comes from an ancient Buddhist tradition. It’s a unique combination of yoga, acupressure, meditation, physiotherapy and energy work – a holistic therapy form with the aim to restore the natural energy balance in body and mind. Often called the Sacred Dance, Thai Yoga Massage is an act of loving kindness and meditation in movement between two people.
For the receiver, no doubt, this is a wonderful experience. So what makes it so special for the therapist? When I first started my training to become a Thai Massage therapist, I had no idea it would become such a big part of my life. I had just qualified as a yoga teacher and wanted to add another string to my bow. I chose Thai Massage mainly because of its clever body mechanics. I have scoliosis and didn’t want to work at a massage table. In Thai Massage you work on the floor, always aligned over the receiver, using your own body weight, coming from your centre. Seemed like the perfect option for me!
Halfway through my training, I felt a shift. I suddenly felt a depth in the connection through the power of touch that is hard to describe. It comes from being perfectly present and requires being at peace with yourself and the receiver at that moment. However you normally identify yourself needs to fall away, so you can connect with the receiver without an agenda. It’s not about wanting to fix the person, but ‘simply’ about giving them the space to be and to feel safe. Then the healing can take place.
Of course, we move the physical body, dig into muscles, move joints, release tension, work on fascia, revitalise organs, calm the nervous system, the list goes on. But the difference is in the way with touch, with presence, attention and clear intention. This quality comes from the same place as the quiet we find in meditation.
I prefer to call Thai Yoga Massage a practice, rather than therapy. There are always two people on the mat exchanging trust, giving into the present moment, receiving a deep connection from the heart. As much as you give, you receive back in loving kindness. It is like an echo.
Through this practice, I have found my own axis from where I live. I have found glimpses of unconditional joy and a connection to my self that is not clouded so much through misconception and attachment to the material any more. There is still a long way to go, but the unexpected directions this has already taken me are extraordinary. I now train people in Thai Yoga Massage and feel so privileged and grateful that I am able to share this gift.
Next practitioner training course starting 11 September 2015