Thai Yoga Massage originated in India and arrived in Thailand at the same time as Buddhism around 3rd Century BC. The legendary founder was a contemporary of Buddha, a physician called Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha.
His teachings were passed down orally from teacher to student. Diagrams illustrating the knowledge were carved in stone and placed on the walls of Wat Pho, a temple in Bangkok, in 1832, since the original texts had been destroyed, when the Burmese sacked the then capital Ayutthia in 1767.
How Thai Yoga Massage Works
The theory behind thai massage it is that the practitioner works on 10 main energy ( sen) lines. On these lines there are important acupressure points which can open up blockages, stimulate flow of energy and help restore general well-being. This is the same theory as Chinese acupuncture and acupressure, as well as the Japanese system of Shiatsu ( the energy lines in these systems are called meridians ).
Traditional Thai Massage is practised all across Thailand, where it is used to stay fit and healthy. The massage takes place on a mat on the floor, and the client remains fully clothed throughout. It incorporates much acupressure, stretching and breathing exercises, since it has a basis in Yoga teaching, and it incorporates many Yoga positions. The treatment lasts between one and two and a half hours, and tends to put the client into a deep state of relaxation, followed by a subtle boost of renewed energy.
Anyone can experience Thai Yoga Massage, as the practitioner tailors the treatment to the individual, taking the clients' current medical condition into consideration