Thai Foot & Hand Massage: A complete guide

By Elefteria Mantzorou

Health & well-being


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The practice of Thai Foot Massage has few requirements concerning space as well as equipment. Traditionally, the receiver sits on a comfortable chair, and the therapist sits in front of him on a stool, which should be slightly lower than the receiver’s chair. It is possible that both the receiver and the therapist are seated on same-height chairs, but the therapist may find it difficult to apply certain techniques in this setting. At the end of the foot massage, the therapist may ask from the receiver to sit on the stool, in order to massage him on the neck and shoulders for a few minutes.

Thai Foot Massage can also be practiced on the typical massage table. In that case, the therapist should sit on a chair, in front of the receiver’s feet. The receiver’s feet should be at level of the therapist’s lower abdominal region. This allows the therapist to perform properly all the techniques, with the least possible strain. When performing the techniques that target the cnemis and the calf muscle, the therapist should stand up and take advantage of his body weight.
Place a large pillow under the receiver’s knees, as well as one behind his head. If your massage table has an adjustable backrest, it is recommended to lift it during a Thai Foot Massage session.

Of course, since we speak of Thai Foot Massage – that is, the treatment that requires minimum equipment and can be performed virtually anywhere – it is possible that the receiver sits on the floor, supporting his back on a pillow on a wall. In this setting, the therapist also sits in a cross legged position on the floor, facing the receiver. However, in this setting, the therapist may find it difficult to perform some techniques. The traditional setting – that is, the one where the receiver sits on a chair and the therapist on a slightly lower stool – is the best, as it allows optimum application of all the techniques, and entails minimum strain for the therapist.



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