How Thai Massage is Preformed
does not require the use of any kind of lubricants; it does
not require the client to remove their clothes, nor does it
use a massage table. Instead Thai massage is preformed
fully clothed and on a Thai matt. The clothes for both the
client and therapist are comfortable clothes that allow
movement. A Thai matt is similar to a futon mattress,
placed on the floor.
Thai massage is one of the oldest forms of healing the body.
Thai massage roots come from yoga and Ayurveda, and
are believed to have been born in the temples by the doctor
Shivaga Komarpaj also known as “Father Doctor”, a
Doctor and friend of Shakyamuni the founder of the
Buddhism religion, also known as “Buddha” ( Buddha 2007).
We will take a quick look at the history of yoga,
Ayurveda, and Shakyamuni. Learn about how Thai
massage is preformed, the benefits of Thai and some of
the contraindications of Thai massage.
No one is exactly sure how long yoga has been around.
Some say it is as old as mankind. Others believe
that yoga is as old as 10,000 to 5,000 years. Yoga was
passed down orally from generation to
generation (Yglesias, D. 2010). According to David Yglesias
author of The History of Yoga, from the Aura
Wellness Center, “the first evidence relating to yoga’s
existence is found in Mohenjodaro seals excavated from
the Indus Valley. The stone seals place Yoga’s existence
around 3000 B.C.” (2010 para.1).
It is believed that all forms of yoga are based on a
Yoga practitioners ultimately look to connect their soul
with the cosmos, the controlled breathing and
poses are to help the positive and negative forces in the
body to create a new harmony, which will
allow them to achieve clarity and gain access to the
unconscious mind (Carnes, D. 2010).
There are 4 original styles of yoga, each one emphasis a different characteristic.”
~Karma yoga which stresses good deeds;
~Bhakti yoga which involves devotion and prayer;
Then there is~ Raha yoga and it emphasizes on mental control
and ~Jnana yoga which involves the intellect and meditation” (Carnes. 2010).
A relatively new form of yoga and one part of the broader
spectrum of yoga practice is~ Hatha yoga.
Hatha yoga goal is to stimulate and revitalize both the
body and the mind.
The poses are designed to increase strengthen and
flexibility (Carnes, D. 2010).
It seems that yoga is a big part of living a healthy and
It was not until recently that Western medicine realized
the benefits of yoga and began promoting it.
A little about Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a captivating and extremely fascinating form
It is said that Ayurveda is the oldest and wisely system of
medicine on the planet.
It has been around for 1000 of years.
In Ayurveda it is believed that our physical, psychological,
intellectual, and spiritual actions shape and revise our
Ayurveda also believes that the body, mind, and
spirit are all linked together. You cannot treat only
one and achieve balance and harmony; you have to
treat all of them in order to achieve balance and
“In Ayurveda the mind body link is the key to good health
because it allows to attack the root cause of
a disease” (ayurvedadosha 2010). The Ayurveda system
has three doshas, Vaya, Pitta, and Kapha.
The three doshas each have two of the five elements
associated with them.
Each and every person has all three doshas within them.
One dosha will be stronger than the others,
this is how they know how to help a person deal with
disease and find balance and harmony in the person’s life.
Ayurveda is rooted in insightful wisdom and has changed
little over the years (ayurvedadosha 2012).
Ayurveda is a complex yet simple form of medicine and healing. It
is extremely captivating.
Shakyamuni Buddha was born in 624 B.C. to Queen
Mayadevi and King Shuddhodama in a place called
Lumbini. Shakyamuni “shakya” is the name of the royal
family and “mumi” means able one.
Shakyamuni is the founder of Buddhism.
Buddha means a fully enlightened being. Buddhism is one
of the largest religions around the world and
yet it is not a religion, it is a way of life.
(about Buddha, para. 4 2011). Buddha has made a
difference in many lives around the world.”
It is believed that if one integrate Buddha’s teaching into
our daily life we will be able to solve all our
inner problems and attain a truly peaceful mind, without
inner peace, outer peace is impossible” (about
Buddha, para. 8 2011). Buddha or Shakyamuni was born
into a position of power and comfort beyond
most of our understanding. He had to actually sneak out
of his home that was surrounded with guards
keeping watch over him, to pursue his path of serenity.
Who is the “Father Doctor?”
Shivaga Komarpaj also known as “Father Doctor”, the
work that he did with Buddha and the monks
was considered very important and spiritual work.
The work was believed to be so important that it was
inscribed into stones so that the tradition would
not be lost.
These stones still exist today, over 2500 years later. The
can be seen at the Walls of the Wat Pho
Temple in Bangkok (spirit winds 2011).
I did not do much research on the Doctor; I do know that before beginning any Thai massage you are
supposed to thank the “Father Doctor” for the opportunity.
What is Thai Massage & How does it
Thai massage also known as Nuad Boran, has a long history of achieving wellness in others.
Thai massage consists of muscle stretching, Zen lines and muscle compressions.
The therapist positions the client in different yoga positions which allows a deep and gentle stretch
that is able to open the joints without the resistance one would have on their own.
While stretching the muscles the therapist uses compressions on the muscles and thumb chasing along
the Zen lines, also known as energy lines of the body, enhancing the client’s energy to move more freely
throughout the body.
Thai massage works deep in the muscles of the body, relieving muscle tensions, helping with joint
mobility along with helping nerve and ligament balancing (spirit winds 2011).
Due to the gentle nature and non-invasive techniques Thai massage are suitable for a wide range of
clients including elderly and disabled, too those who work out regularly too those who do not. There
are very few reason that would stop you from getting a Thai massage.
It has been said that Thai massage is invigorating and stimulating for both the client and therapist
giving each the feeling of being less tense with more
energized after the session.
With the long history set in stone and the history of how it came to be
makes me believe in it. Then once I was able to perform a full Thai massage I understood the benefits
For both the client and therapist.
Some benefits of Thai Massage are:
~ facilitates relaxation,
~ helps heighten awareness,
~ frees blockage in energy flow,
~invigorates the nervous system.
Along with~ increasing flexibility,
~ improving circulation of blood and lymphatic system
~ enhances elimination of wastes and toxic debris from physical, mental and emotional strain.
Thai Massage is also helpful in Relieving:
~ Whiplash pain,
~ Back pain,
and many other
Ailments that affect the body (2011).
Thai massage is also known to facilitate and promote a harmonious state of being which promotes
loving kindness and wellbeing.
I find Thai to be very invigorating and a wonderful massage modality, one I plan on continuing and
promoting. How can something that has been around for thousands of years, was born in the temple
with the monks and Buddha, forms of it come from Ayurveda the oldest and wisest form of medicine not
Thank the heavens that Western medicine has finally accepted that Thai massage/yoga is beneficial to
one’s over all well-being.
“Photo courtesy of ABMP.” And Google Image.