Fully qualified from Wat Pho traditional Thai massage school & fully insure Wat Pho, being the center of Thai medicine and massage for centuries, opened the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School in 1955 on the temple grounds, the first such school approved by the Thai Ministry of Education.
Thousands of students from around the world study at Wat Pho and subsequently go on to find or work in massage, spa and wellness centres in many countries.
What is Thai massage?
"Nuat boran" is the Thai name for a type of body work native to Thailand (nuat = massage, boran = ancient). Thai massage is also known as northern-style Thai massage, "nuad paan bulan", "nuat thai", Buntautuk style, Old Medicine Hospital Style, traditional Thai massage, Traditional Thai Medical Massage, Ancient Massage, Thai Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Massage, Thai Classical Massage, and Thai Bodywork
Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.
What does Thai massage feel like?
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.
Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.
People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.
Benefits of Thai massage
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
- Increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure
- Good for muscle relaxation, increase flexibility in your muscles, increase mobility
- Slows the aging process
- Help detoxification of the body and boost immune system
- Improve outlook towards life
- Helps build an emotional balance
- Helps with concentration and creativity
- Clears and calms your mind
- Helps gain mental clarity
- Reduces and relieves stress and anxiety
- Helps boost their inner energy levels
- Develop discipline and self-control
- Achieves better health, increases health and vitality
- Raises the energy level and stamina
- Builds internal power (and creates a natural confidence)
- Helps with insommia
- Relives general aches and pains
Massage is not recommended for people:
- With infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation. Unless recommended by your doctor
- Prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.
- If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
- Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominals, or areas of recent fractures.
- Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage
- Arrive 5 - 10 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
- Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history.
- If you feel discomfort at any time let your massage therapists know.