I’ve worked in Thai massage and bodywork for ten years. In relative obscurity I’ve continued my work. People often ask me what I do. If I say bodywork they say, “Oh, you work on cars.” I dislike saying massage. Massage has preconceived notions for westerners in the US. Massage means a table, cream and a whole lot of glide. On a typical day at work I do none of this. A typical day is spent clothed, on a mat on the floor while pushing, kneading and opening a persons body so their nervous system can be free.
Austin, Texas is no different than any other American city when it comes to body awareness. People are slowly trapped by their physical form. Thai massage and yoga allow one to soften their shell and be born anew. Doesn’t matter how old, doesn’t matter how out of shape. The posture slumps, life takes it toll and people slouch. Aches and pains develop and people get so used to them that they’re not even aware they can go away except from pain medication. Thai massage and yoga work together to harness your breath, your body and everything You are to heal yourself from the inside out. You can do it, I’m just a guide.
Doesn’t sound like massage does it? Cause it’s not, not really. Thai bodywork is just what’s done in Thailand and has been done since time immemorial. Its history goes back so far it’s just what the ancestors did.
My days are spent breathing, stretching, pushing, leaning into my own body to heal it. It’s continual work but the benefit is I notice others around me get sick but I don’t. Others around me have back pain but mine doesn’t have the same duration. My health is good, yours can be too. It’s what I teach. It’s what I do to myself.
If you want six pack abs go find a personal trainer. If you want a nice car go see a car salesman. If you want to heal and run at optimal health, come see me.
I leave you with a quote from Siddartha, by Herman Hesse.
“Everyone gives what he has. The warrior gives strength, the merchant
gives merchandise, the teacher teachings, the farmer rice, the fisher
“Yes indeed. And what is it now what you’ve got to give? What is it
that you’ve learned, what you’re able to do?”
“I can think. I can wait. I can fast.”
“I believe, that’s everything!”