May 23, 2006
What is Thai massage like? I won't try to describe the healing aspects, which are plentiful. But I will attempt to describe this newcomer's impression of the physical. Click bold notes for illustrative pics.
- Thai massage is like: shiatsu.
- Thai massage is like: yoga where someone does your stretches for you.
- Thai massage is like: a wrestling match where you've given up and lost, but your practice partner is still putting you through all the holds.
For those interested in experiencing the benefits directly in North Carolina or elsewhere around the world, here is some info:
My Thai Massage therapist is Bob Haddad whose clinic is in Chapel Hill NC. Bob is also founding director of the Thai Healing Alliance International, the first Thai massage trade association and sanctioning body for practitioners outside Thailand. Bob's contact info is at the website, here.
image from Thai Massage Center
I love Thai massage! I experienced it at Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their web site has a handy video clip if people want to see Thai massage in action: http://www.tenthousandwaves.com/MASSAGE/thai.php
Posted by: Lisa | May 24, 2006 1:19:47 AM
I love Thai Massage. In my younger days, I did a jungle trek in Thailand which was fun but gruelling and had a Thai massage at the end of it. I liked it so much I actually did a three week course in it, so technically I know how to do it, though it's been a while since I gave one. I think if I had not become a single mom and needed the dosh of a 'professional' job, I might have tried being a masseuse.
Posted by: marianne | May 24, 2006 7:11:44 AM
Oh. My. God. This looks like the most amazing thing ever. I think I got a half an inch taller just reading about it and watching the video clips.
I take back everything I ever said about wanting pistachios for my birthday; I want Thai massage instead.
Posted by: minty | May 24, 2006 9:43:06 AM
wow. I had never heard of this before, but it sounds heavenly.
Posted by: lastewie | May 24, 2006 10:43:02 AM
Speaking of massage, have you tried the Migun bed? There is one in Chapel Hill. You can use it for free at their store for up to 60 times. It combines spine alignment, acupressure, far infrared, and massage.
Posted by: Martha | May 30, 2006 3:17:11 PM
Hi Martha --
Believe it or not, my parents own one of them things. I love it in the wintertime when I get all hung up from the cold shrugs. In the summer it's less appealing, though. (Hot hot hot).
My uncle (the Russian who used to live in DC where he first met them under the "Ceragem" brand) swears by them. One of my MD friends who does alternative medicine thinks "no harm in it" and my folks and I both like the routine of lying down for ~40 minutes just relaxing and being healthy.
Posted by: Phil | Jun 5, 2006 11:51:01 PM
i never heard that thai-massage is like a wrestling match, but some people told me after a two-hour massage they feel like after a two-week holiday :-)
Greetings from Germany,
Tamtookwan - Traditional Thai-Massage in Berlin, Deutschland
Posted by: Ramin Assemi | Sep 12, 2006 11:50:27 AM
The Migun Thermal Massage Bed is fantastic. Their web site is www.migunnc.com
It aligns you and provides a far infrared heat treatment at the same time.
Their demonstration center is located at 400 Elliott Rd in Chapel Hill, NC next to the Purple Puddle.
And yes you can use it for free, I had a marvelous experience. They are knowledgable and attentive.
Posted by: Kevin | Sep 4, 2007 2:10:44 AM
After viewing a clip of Thai Yoga massage on YouTube, I went searching for local practitioners. This looks promising, and thank you for posting about it.
Vivian in Durham
Posted by: Vivian | Jun 4, 2008 5:58:23 PM
I've been to Thailand a few times and love it. The shopping, the food and the nightlife are magnificent. I appreciate the tips you've given on your site, cause I want to go back again soon and enjoy it all over again. Thai massage is fantastic as well, especially on the beaches.
Posted by: www.thailandholidayguides.com | Sep 21, 2008 8:04:43 PM
Do you have contact info or an office address for Mr Haddad?
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Posted by: Chiropractor Clinic | Jun 11, 2010 4:44:10 AM
I have experienced this Thai massage when my Thai friend came to visit me months ago. She was just so excited to let me try the massage because according to her it is the best massage one could ever experience.
Posted by: Nicole Forbes | Oct 30, 2012 1:00:21 AM