Thai Yoga Massage combines the best of yoga and massage into a heavenly form of bodywork, for both
the giver and receiver. In my career, I’ve taught thousands of teachers who have seen their careers take
a huge leap forward with some earning an extra 30% or more when adding Thai Yoga Massage to their
This is a heart centered practice where a great massage is defined by how good it is give while sharing all
the benefits with the receiver. The way it is taught is to tap into a place of presence and loving kindness
(or metta) and to share from that place.
When you give the massage typically you will put clients into supportive asanas and use a variety of
touch techniques to ease tension, promote relaxation, encourage flexibility and renew vitality.
The practitioner uses all parts of their body when giving, including elbows, forearms, feet and knees,
thereby reducing reliance on hands on thumbs. That helps to make the physical benefits for the giver
tangible while experiencing all the deeper benefits of a meditation practice that has amazing abilities to
help those you are in service to.
That in and of itself has a lot of appeal for many yoga teachers who are looking for ways to expand their
repertoire and build deeper relationships with their students.
Here are three of the top ways Thai Yoga Massage helps you to grow your business:
1) A New Way to Work with Private Clients
In one four-day course you can learn how to give a complete 90-minute massage that addresses
shoulders, back, head, neck, legs, feet and abdomen. It’s a massage that produces feedback from clients
such as ‘you helped get rid of tension I didn’t even know I had’ or ‘I feel two-inches taller’ and ‘I haven’t
felt this good in years’.
As such the massage becomes a powerful new offering to help build up your private clientele, charge a
premium for it and then have more ways to work with them. Furthermore, as a yoga teacher, your
classroom provides an eager audience from which to build that clientele.
2) Better at Giving Adjustments= Increased Confidence and Larger Classes
The majority of yoga teachers who come to learn Thai Yoga Massage typically cite this as the primary
reason they were first attracted to learning. Many teachers report having a lack of confidence when it
comes to adjusting their students safely out of fear of causing injury or discomfort. And they know that
this effects the quality of their teaching.
In a Thai Yoga Massage you are constantly putting your clients into stretches and learning the secrets of
how to customize it. You can work with the very stiff to the very flexible and everyone in between.
That skill then becomes easily transferrable into the classroom, aiding teachers to have the confidence
to help their students in a whole new way. That assists in building loyalty and a better relationship with
students as you are able to take them to a whole new level on the mat.
What’s more, by giving those great hands-on adjustments as well as incorporating some aspects of Thai
Massage into your yoga classes, such as a head or foot massage in shivasana you can plant those potent
seeds for future one-on- one sessions.
3) New Course Offerings including Thai Massage and Restorative Yoga
Thai Yoga Massage is not just for one-on-one sessions. From coast to coast I have seen teachers and
yoga studios where I’ve trained offering restorative or yin classes that combine Thai Yoga Massage with
those long holds. They are events that often become the most popular classes offered at the studios,
with waiting lists of students looking to get in. What’s more, because it is a specialized offering, studios
can charge more, teachers make more and students are happy to pay the premium for this rejuvenating
and relaxing experience that also costs less than a one-on- one session. Call it a win-win- win!
4) Bonus! The focus on Metta to Radically Transform how you teach yoga and pay attention in life
Think of this as the added bonus of learning Thai Yoga Massage. Cultivating more of a metta-filled
practice that brings the benefits of meditation and kindness into every cell of your body. That kind of
energy will be noticed by you and by your students! It might be hard to put into words, but students see
a teacher who is even more present and filled with love and care and appreciation for what they do and
the ways they help. It makes you even more attractive and more able to share that which you love most.
Shai Plonski is the bestselling author of ‘Compassionate Touch: Giving Massage for Optimal Health,
Thriving Relationships & Spiritual Awakening’. Shai has taught Thai Massage to more than 3300 people on three continents for the past 15 years and is the founder of the Still Light Centre. Shai loves educating people on how giving massage is a life-changing choice and sharing how simple and easy it is to do. Click here to see his teaching schedule and here for his book.