History of Traditional Thai Massage

Historically speaking the knowledge of traditional Thai massage reached South East Asia some 2500 years ago. It is said to have been introduced more than 2500 years ago by a doctor from Northern India by name of Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a contemporary of Buddha and personal doctor of the Magadha King Bimbisara. Kumar Bhacca is known to have been a friend of Buddha and a doctor for the Buddhist monks. He is mentioned in the Pali Kanon, the old texts of Buddhism of the Southern school of Theravada (found today mainly in Sri Lanka, Birma/Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand).

In the 17th century mention was made of medical texts written in the Pali language and Khmer script on palm tree leaves. These old texts seem to have been of great importance and were workshipped almost in the same was as the Buddhist writings. However, when in 1767 the ancient Royal Town of Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese conquerers, the old texts were largely lost. Only fragments survived which King Rama III in 1832 used as a basis for the famous epigraphs of the Phra Chetuphon Temple (Wat Po) in Bangkok.

Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Improves sleep
  • Lifts your mood
  • Increases vitality
  • Improves posture
  • Increases range of movement
  • Releases chronic tensions in all areas
  • Helps you to work better under pressure
  • Improves your mental and physical performance
  • Extends awareness from the head to the whole body
  • Good for muscle relaxation, increase flexibility in your muscles and mobility