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Thai Massage and Fibromyalgia

In this video I give an overview of how to give a Thai Massage to someone with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic pain and extreme sensitivity to pressure. It can also be accompanied with depression and anxiety. The video offers options for students and practitioners of all levels: i.e. those with a more basic understanding, others with Ayurveda and Thai massage training as well as those as well as those well versed with incorporating the sen lines.

Given the very nature of Thai Massage as a metta -or loving kindness- based massage, it is my belief that anyone who has learned even a little can massage someone with fibromyalgia.

My advice is to incorporate the information here that is at your level of expertise. Stay within your comfort zone! At the same time,  a word to the wise…  The information contained in this video is for educational and recreational purposes only, and should not be used to replace professional medical advice. People who put this into practice are solely responsible for how they choose to utilize this content.

This video should not be relied on in diagnosing or treating a medical condition.  It is best to seek advice and attention from your physician or qualified healthcare professional. Always consult your physician before beginning a new treatment or fitness program.

If you have any questions or stories you’d like to share massaging someone with fibromyalgia please leave your comments below!





4 responses to “Thai Massage and Fibromyalgia”

  1. Shai,
    Thank you very much for talking about this. I have one family member and a few clients who have Fibromyalgia. I liked that you mentioned which sen lines would be best to work during a session.
    For my client who has the most severe case, we always begin with side work, as it is easier for her to relax that way and then depending on how the work goes we end with her bolstered and comfortable on her back. The other item that seems to help is a Bio Mat. The Fibro clients I see, seem to respond well to the gentle warmth and healing properties of the mat.
    So, now it’s time to go back and review my sen line work.
    Thank you Shai!!!

  2. Liz says:

    Thanks Shai
    I have had a client for 2.5years with polymyalgia which shows up with similarity to fibromyalgia. She finds thai yoga massage helped her sleep better and move with more mobility.
    As a therapist I learned a lot from her about showing up and accepting the body on any particular day.she finds a strong correlation between stress and her symptoms which massage helps a lot with.
    Every session is different when approaching a client with this condition and the therapy selected changes with it, day to day moment to moment. This applies to all of our clients really. A little Metta goes a long way.

  3. Shai Plonski says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for sharing! I think you bring a vital element to the conversation. I love how you said it- ” You learned a lot from her about showing up and accepting the body”. That is such an important aspect for every practitioner to continue to explore and it has been the same for me with fibromyalgia clients. It helps that this directs you to tap even deeper into the loving kindness energy of the massage!

  4. Shai Plonski says:

    Thanks for sharing Tricia! Great tips! I have had the pleasure of receiving Thai Massage on a biomat… I also respond well to its gentle warmth and healing properties 🙂


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