Why Wai Khru?
Thai Massage is more than a massage, it is a spiritual practice which starts with a prayer mantra called Wai Khru meaning “paying respect” to the teachers who passed down this ancient knowledge. Wai Khru is also about giving thanks for the blessings of this ancient healing art. It is used for humility and to focus the mind and spirit in preparation for giving a session. Wai Khu will reinforce the connection with your teachers and enhance your intuition and protection during the session.
I am fortunate to have started my journey training in Thai Massage with teachers who paid utmost importance to Wai Khru. It was instilled in me early on and I believe that it has a lot to do with why I am still practicing after 20 years.
I noticed that when I practice Wai Khru regularly, even on the days I was not practicing Thai Massage, my practice changed in the most profound ways. My sessions were out of this world which resulted in my clients having trans formative experiences. My ego and personality got out of the way making it easier for my intuition to run deeper. I got less distracted by random thoughts and my focus stayed sustained for a longer period. I felt an ancient presence that assisted and protected me. My breathing was deep, slow and coming from my lower Dan Tien, sustaining me with more energy. A feeling of being grounded while being in an altered state overtook me. All of this happened effortlessly.
If you are thinking about training in Traditional Thai Massage, I recommend to ask the teacher if he practices Wai Khru ceremony. It will ensure that the Thai Massage training is in alignment with the traditional ways and bring sacredness to your practice.