Traditional Ancient Thai massage is a unique form of Bodywork that incorporates Hatha Yoga, acupressure and reflexology with origins dating back about 2500 years. Thai Massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai Medicine. The roots of Thai massage are traced back to the founder of the practice Shivaga Komarpaj, a doctor, friend and contemporary to the Buddha. Ancient Medical texts were carved in stone in attempts to preserve the tradition of Thai massage; these stone inscriptions still sit within the walls of the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok.
Thai massage is known in Thailand as Nuad Phaen Thai". In Thailand, Thai massage is recognized and regulated by the government, and is widely considered to be a medical discipline used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments.
Nuad Phan Thai as is it called in Thailand, correctly translates only as Ancient Massage or Traditional Massage. More widely known today as Thai Massage, is seen as a practical application of the Buddhist principle of 'Metta' or loving kindness, forming the cornerstone of a quietly effective healing of body, mind and soul. Thai Massage consists of a series of interactive, flowing movements, stretches and rhythmic massage, along all the body's energy lines and pressure points.
These movements help to adjust the skeletal structure, increase flexibility, relieve muscular and joint tension, stimulate internal organs and balance the body's energy system. The effect is both relaxing as well as energizing.