Thai massage History

Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient healing art involving a long history of therapeutic treatment. As a matter of fact, Nuadd (i.e. Thai massage in the Thai language) is not originally from Thailand. It came from India to South East Asia.

Jivaka Kumar Bacha established its principles approximately 2500 years ago. A Doctor from Northern India, he is known as a friend of the Buddha and as a doctor to the community of buddhist monks. Jivaka K. Bacha's disciples as well as Buddha's disciples came to Thailand at the same time (second - third centuries B.C.). However, a few questions remain unanswered. For example, it is not known for certain whether a form Thai massage existed prior to that period. Also unclear is the level at which acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese traditional medicine influenced its theory and practice. In these regards there are few written documents to refer to. Knowledge has been by custom transmitted orally.

Theoretically, Thai Massage is based on the concept of energy lines in the human body. Thai Massage uses ten of them called 'the ten Sen'. In principle they are sufficient for the treatment of the entire human body along with its various organs. Important acupuncture points lie along these ten lines. A massage of these specific points promotes mental relaxation, relieves body pain, stiffness and headache.