own individual experience as a professional is extremely
important in developing technique as there is no standard model -- there
are no textbooks to study or special formulas or spells to
master. That’s why personal
development is so important – without it no practitioner is
likely to go very far, or patient to get much better.
We therapists each have our
own traits and talents, not just from our training but from
our culture, gender, age, physical type and, of course, our own
practice. In some communities therapists get paid a lot for
the work, for example, in others almost nothing. In some places
I visit practitioners are thought of as doctors, in others as
therapists, in others as comforters, and sometimes just for fun.
That’s why collaboration is so important in a course like this,
and a multi-national, multi-social collaboration is what you will find at
Baan Hom Samunphrai -- not just a faithful copy of an old Asian
art that some expert or holy man is supposed to know better than
you. That's just an idea, a fantasy -- there is no such
model, even in Thailand there isn’t, nor is there a Thai club or school you have to join to get ready.
The true Thai Traditional Massage technique exists only when
discovered in and by yourself, and you can only develop it further in
yourself as well, and that means in your own heart and hands, not just
in your head And you have to give yourself time for that,
and the older you get the more urgent it becomes. It
never comes easily either, at least not after the first youthful
beginning it doesn’t. Yet it’s all there right from the start if
you work on it right, in the feel, in the touch -- seeds waiting to be developed in and by you."