Thai Massage benefits those who ‘move more’ and also those that ‘move less’
“The body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care” Buddha
A Little History
Practiced for centuries by Thai monks, and forming a central component of Thai medicine, Thai Massage is believed to have originated over 2,500 years ago in India. The technique made its way to Thailand, where the original Ayurvedic techniques became combined with principles from traditional Chinese medicine.
It was originally founded and developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, the physician to the Buddha, who is revered by the Thai people who refer to him as Dr Shivago ‘The Father of Medicine’.
It is known as Thai Massage, Nuad Thai, Ancient Thai Massage and Thai Yoga Massage.
Within Thailand two distinct forms and styles have evolved, Northern and Southern. There are commonalities between the two styles, they both recognise Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha as its founding father, both originated from two elements the ‘Royal Style’ and the ‘Common Style’ and lastly, they both include combinations of stretches, muscles manipulation and applying pressure to the body’s energy lines and points.
The differences between Northern and Southern styles are as follows:
Northern style is known as ‘Royal Thai Massage’, mainly taught in Chiang Mai and has a greater Indian influence. It focuses on rhythmic, slow Ayurveda techniques with yogic stretching.
Southern style is known as ‘Folk Thai Massage’, mainly taught in Wat Po temple in Bangkok and it has been largely influenced by Chinese medicine. It focuses on powerful, deep acupressure techniques.