Traditional Thai massage or nuad boran as it is called in Thailand.
Thai massage has been practised in Thailand for centuries.. It has its roots not in Thailand but India over 2500 years ago and is based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga and has been handed down through an unbroken chain for centuries from Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha or Shivago, who was a close friend of the Bhuddha and a great physician. He is also famous for techniques of herbal cures and steam baths. He is honoured by many Thais as the father of medicine is the same way that Hippocrates is considered the father of Western medicine.
It is presumed that Thai massage reached what is now Thailand in the 3rd or 2nd century BC along with Buddhism.There seems to be some connection between acupuncture and acupressure and well as other aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Thai medicine.
The main principle behind the techniques of Thai massage is the principle of “Metta”, usually translated as loving kindness, rooted in Buddhist teachings and precepts were methods of building humility, compassion and concentration in the healer which are designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of himself and the client. If the mind is wandering, if full attention is not given to the client or if compassionate intent is absent then the massage will be nothing more than a series of physical movements which in themselves may well have some benefits but which are multiplied tenfold when the touch is infused with the will to heal.
Traditional Thai massage is typically done on a mat on the floor instead of a massage table and the client remains completely clothed throughout the session. No oils are used. It incorporates a combination of acupressure, energy meridian work and yoga like stretching. The typical routine can be varied to suit a wide range of physical needs. A typical session last from one hour to two hours.