Thai Massage ("nuat phaen boran" or Thai Yoga Massage) is an ancient form of bodywork founded approximately in 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Dr. Shivagakomarpaj, physician of the Buddha and his followers is regarded as the “Father of Medicine” in Thailand. The complete Traditional Thai medicine would include elements of Ayurvedic medicine (application of herbs, steam baths, etc.) as well as the Thai massage body work which addresses the “Sen” or energy lines similar to those found in Chinese Medicine. In 1767, the Burmese destroyed most of ancient manuscripts containing Thai medical research. What remained was then transferred onto stone tablets and placed in the walls of Wat Pra Chetepon temple in Bangkok.
Thai massage is performed on a mat on the floor with no oils or lotions. The patient wears stretchy, comfortable clothing. The practitioner begins by opening the Sen lines and gradually works in to vigorous yoga-like stretches and joint manipulations which are intended to stimulate the sen and move lom (energy) through the body via a pumping action which is connected with the patient's breathing. This is why it has also come to be called “Thai Yoga Massage”.
The benefits of Thai Massage are increased delivery of nutrients, oxygen and water to the body’s tissues, increased range of motion of joints, increased pliability of connective tissues and fascia, deep relaxation and rejuvination, increased awareness/integration of areas of the body that have been stiff and dysfunctional, balancing effect on the nervous system, and decreasing energy blockages.