Many people might know traditional Thai massage is similar to yoga practice which is true in some sense but billions of people on this planet may not know that traditional Thai massage have its layers from general stretching technique for over all wellness to advanced therapeutic massage practice for chronic pains and stiffness which all base on ten main bodily energy paths or meridian lines where the practitioner should understand its core healing essence, and physiological effects, along each main energy path, knowing where it starts, run through each bodily spots and stop each energy path circle. How basic five elements - earth, water, fire, air and space, internally work together to sustain our biological system.
Thai massage is not just about stretching, throwing oneself with certain move(s) and direction(s) hoping that only stretching technique will heal all wound(s) and ailments, a person have had.
Authentic Thai massage has its depth and spectrum, being an alternative and holistic health care for over 2,500 years beyond the Buddha period which practice base on ten main meridian lines or energy paths which reflect ten human bodily systems as modern science had discovered about a hundred years ago.
Those ten main energy paths evolving on all areas of human existence which are physical, mental, psychological, emotional and spiritual body, where now a day modern science has imitated its approach and discovered based on scientific prove and studies. That we nowadays are all know, being healthy is not just about being fit physically but being healthy including mental, psychological, emotional and spiritual state of being as a whole.
Any remedy method whether ancient practice or modern science in health industry, evolve life circumstances, daily routine, work conditions, postures, habits, behavior pattern, activities, individual's bodily bio-chemical process and respond to the practice(s) which very vary, may be effective to some but do not work well or preferable to many people.
Same go with med science or any other healing practices that doctor(s), specialist(s), healer(s), therapist(s) of any kind put us through all kind of trial(s) and error(s) on medication(s), pill(s), surgery(s), remedy, manual work(s) and method(s), hoping what they know and have trained or expertise might help others in the end of bodily chemical process.
Thai massage is not different on this matter. It depends on how each individual body response during the practice until homeostasis process is done which require 24-48 hours.
Some people might prefer manual work such as massage for their health care. While others prefer medication and modern science approach to deal with their illness and pains which certainly a personal choice. One method might work for few people while other methods work well for many which is quite normal.
It is not the therapist or healer to say which method is better than the other. It's the client's free will to spend their hard earn for their own health care on what they belief could help them. People always spend for things they think its worth their spending. As a therapist, I can not convince or force nor control anyone to spend for what they are not comfortable to. The decision is up to the person, not me.
We, humans are all a different canvas we created by our own doing(s), acting(s), thoughts and belief system or we are what we eat and do, as some people said. What seem to work great for oneself, might not work for another. It's just that simple. A logic we have encounter with, in all the area of human experiences, not just in healing aspect.
Advanced therapeutic Thai massage is a fast and effective approach for people who have had long term issue with stiffness, soreness, pain and discomfort such as office syndrome, migraine, headache, facial palsy, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, upper back pain, lower back pain, triceps tendonitis, biceps tendonitis, tennis elbow syndrome, dead butt syndrome, sciatica pain, piriformis syndrome, groin pain, IT Band syndrome, hamstring tendonitis, quadriceps Tendonitis, calf and achilleas pain, foot pain and sprain, etc.
That being said, I am not convincing any one to believe me for what I practice. I'm simply telling the truth from what I have studied and trained by many great teachers, having some direct experiences helping thousand of people with this particular method that I have trained and know of, which might work great for some individual(s) but crappy for many, to each their own. All is good for me as long as I can help someone feeling better, being the best they can be under my capability.