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The Story behind Thai Massage

Thai massage, also known as Nuad Bo-Rarn or Nuad Thai, is a traditional healing system that has its origins in ancient India and was influenced by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to have been introduced to Thailand over 2,500 years ago by an Indian physician named Shivago Komarpaj, who was a contemporary of Buddha.

In Thailand, Thai massage was initially used as a therapeutic practice within Buddhist monasteries to promote physical and spiritual well-being. It was passed down from generation to generation through oral tradition and was commonly practiced by monks to relieve fatigue, improve flexibility, and treat various ailments.

Over time, Thai massage evolved and incorporated elements from different cultures and healing traditions. It combines acupressure, energy meridian work, and passive stretching techniques to stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body and promote relaxation, flexibility, and balance.

Thai massage gained international recognition and popularity in the 20th century. It is now widely practiced around the world in various forms and is often offered in spas, wellness centers, and traditional Thai massage establishments. Thai massage is renowned for its ability to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

In 2017 it was Thai Massage therapist Naree Seumee who won the International Massage Association (IMA) first World Championship in Massage.

In 2019 Thai Massage was selected to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Watch this amazing video made by Thippawan Noree.

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