Reasons People Give for Not Trying Thai Massage
Often, when I work with a client who needs a lot of work restoring or improving range of motion, circulation, or general feel goods, I start talking to them about Thai massage and how it can help.
There are a number of responses I get from most people who try to talk themselves out of it, and I wanted to share these along with the reasons why they should try it anyway.
1 - "I'm not very flexible." Thai massage is like a gentle form of assisted yoga. You don't have to be flexible because it's my job to get you into a more flexible state. You aren't stretching - I am stretching you.
2 - "I can't get down on the floor, and if I do, I won't be able to get up again." There is a modified version of Thai massage that is performed on the massage table. I can do a whole Thai session on the table. What many of my regular clients may not realize is that those awesome stretches I do with them during a deep tissue massage are actually derived from my Thai massage training.
3 - "I don't want to try this because you're going to walk on me." No, I'm not. Some Thai massage therapists do that, but there are very few people I would risk that walking on, and chances are, you aren't one of them. I do however use my feet and hands, arms and legs - whichever is more functional for the area being worked.
4 - "I can't try this today because I wore the wrong clothes." I keep drawstring pants and comfy tops available for this exact purpose.
5 - "I'm afraid you're going to hurt me." / "I have an artificial joint/limb." Thai massage can be performed as gently or aggressively as you need. If you have a condition, injury or other reason requiring gentler handling, we just need to communicate about it. This is the same for any massage.