The History of Thai Massage

By | September 28, 2013

by Shirley
(New Zealand)

Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Massage

Hello. I would like some information about the Historical Thai Massage within your culture. When it first was introduced who were the main people to receive the massages? Was it for the rich, or for anybody?

Any informaton about Thai Massage would be of help to me.

Your answers would be greatly appreciated.


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The History of Thai Massage

About Traditional Thai Massage
by: Salla

What is a traditional Thai Massage?

Traditional Thai massage is like a combination of acupressure, yoga, and zen shiatsu. It consists of rhythmic and slow compressions and stretches along the body’s energy lines, or “sen” as pronounced in the Thai language. There are over 70,000 sen in the body, and traditional Thai massage concentrates on application of pressure along the 10 most important of these sen.

The therapist use their hand palms, thumbs, elbows, and feet in an effort to manipulate the release of tension from within the body.

Therapists also maneuver the body into yoga-like positions and gently rock and stretch the body to open the joints and facilitate limbering.
The history of traditional Thai massage:

Thai massage reportedly began over 2,500 years ago along with the introduction of Buddhism. Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, known as Shivago Komarpaj in Thailand is the legendary historical creator of Thai medicine. He was from the north of India and was chief of the original community and close group of associates that gathered around Buddha.

The teachings of massages and medicine were brought to Thailand with the migration of monks there around the second century B.C.E. In Thailand it developed within the context of Buddhist monasteries and temples, where Thai people went to find relief from all kinds of suffering and ailments.

The written history of Thai massage was lost during when the Burmese beseiged the old royal capital of Ayuthaya in 1767 and the the only surviving records are now inscribed in stone can be found at the famous temple of Pra Chetuphon in Bangkok, more polularily known as Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha. At Wat Pho Thai massage school the teachers still to this day begin their classes with the practice of waikru, a rendition of prayers and recitals dedicated to Shivago Komarpaj, the father of Thai massage and the Goddess of Healing, and teachers of the tradition through the history of its development.

What are the benefits of a traditional Thai Massage?

There are numerous benefits of Thai massage of which the most predominant being the maintenance of good health and the ability to treat a wide spectrum of health concerns. Traditional Thai massage is famous for its ability to clear the sen (energy pathways).

The following are some of the benefits of traditional Thai massage.

* stimulates internal organs for self healing
* increases flexibility and range of movement in your muscles and joints
* eliminates muscle spasms and muscle pain
* allows for a therapuetic release of deep, emotional distress
* improves your postural alignment
* calms the nervous system and promotes a deep sense of calm increases your energy level
* stimulates blood circulation, detoxification and lymph drainage
* relieves painful joints, fatigue, swollen limbs, and headaches

The History of Thai Culture
by: Kevin (Administration)

Hi Shirley

Many thanks for your request for information about the origins of Thai Massage.

If you follow the link to this article about Thai Massage ,hopefully it will provide the answersyou request.

If you have further questions after having digested the information, please do not hesitate to Contact Us again.

Kind Regards

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