room with a large, padded mat in order to offer Thai massage. "Spas cry foul over sale of sex services". Training edit A licensed, traditional massage practitioner is required to complete at least 800 hours training. 7 Even today, there is considerable variation from region to region across Thailand, and no single routine or theoretical framework that is universally accepted among healers. (Some places do offer "table Thai" a modified form of Thai massage that can be performed on a regular massage table.). 'Thai massage according to the Traditional Thai Medical Professions Act, BE 2556 (2013). The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. First, you're going to be lying on a futon with a therapist crouched over you, pressing on your legs, just to start. 12 Massage and sex services edit Massage is big business in Thailand. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. By the 1960s, however, old-fashioned terms like massage parlors, masseuse and full-body massage had fallen into disrepute, acting as code words for prostitution. . This is why it is sometimes called "lazy man's yoga". . Thai Healing Alliance International. 5 better source needed, history edit, the founder of Thai massage and medicine is said to have been. Retrieved lguero, Pierce (2007). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver. The legal difference between a "spa" and a "massage parlour" is unclear.