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History of thai massage

    History of Thai Massage

    by- Alexandra Sarkuni

    Due to the existence of little factual information, the history and origins of
    Thai Massage, also called Nuad Bo-Rarn, is often a subject of much debate.

    Over 2,500 years ago, legends state that the founder, Shivajo Komarpaj, may well have been the Buddha’s physician. An important figure in ancient documents of that time and area, he is noted for his impressive medical skills and widespread knowledge of the human body. Many historians consider him to be the father of medicine. As one might imagine, many of his students and practitioners were monks of the Buddhist faith.

    Of course, the origins are far too complex to have come from any one founder. Like other Thai traditional healing practices, history and cultural trends show that Thai Massage finds its influences in Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian spheres of bodywork. Specifically, Chinese Meridian, Indian Ayurvedic and various other yogic practices shaped what we now experience as Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage today. Recent research suggests that it grew out of these influences somewhere between 800 CE and 1200 CE.

    thai masage therapist is dressed in a red uniform witha. V-neck short sleeved top and red pants. there is a gold trim around the sleeves as well as the front pocket. She has her right hand on the hamstrings of a man that is face down. You can only see his left leg and glute. he is wearing grey sweatpants. The Thai massage therapist has his left leg bent at the knee as she pushed on his hamstring she is stabilizing the foot.

    Most unfortunately, most of our recorded history dates back to only the mid 18th century CE. In 1776, Burmese forces overran the capital of Thailand, Ayutthia. During the chaos of the Burmese attack, almost all written records of Nuad Bo-Rarn were destroyed. Some of the ancient texts survived, and were transported to Bangkok. King Rama 3 collected the best of these surviving texts in 1832, to be inscribed in stone and set into the walls of the famous Phra Chetaphon Temple, where they still exist today.

    Traditionally, Nuad Bo-Rarn  is taught by a few singular Masters, and select schools around the world. The advent of Western medical practices caused the practice and education of Thai Massage to go into a decline. The temples in which it was commonly practiced, also known as Wats, no longer served as centers of community gatherings, healing, and education.

    In recent years, the rising costs of Western medicine and its related complexities with regards to access have stirred a revival of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage, especially in rural areas of Thailand.

    Ashley still does table thai massage as a free add on. Ask her about it next time you schedule.


    Tranquil Therapy Thai Massage

    Although Ashley loves her thai practice we are no longer offering floor thai massage. We do however offer it on the table! Please let us know if you would like to add Table Thai at your next session.  Check out what services we offer and see what’s best for you!


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