Still considered today a very important massage as far as relaxation and the connection with oneself and with the world are concerned, Thai massage certainly has very remote origins: in fact, it probably originated from the fifth century BC, and was for the first time nominated by a well-known Indian doctor of the time, Shivago Kumar Baj, still seen today in Thailand as the “Father of medicine”.
The price is 300 bath for 60 minutes.
This massage was in fact spread starting from the medical art of this interesting follower of Buddha, as a gentle massage: it seems that there are no actual experiences that demonstrate the existence of this massage before that period.
In short, we can say that even if today he speaks quite a lot, in reality the origins of this massage are still obscure: we know when we do it we spoke at first time, we know who was the first state to talk about it and who were the first speakers of this type of massage, but there are no documents able to attest the practices of this massage before this period.
However, the one who first talked about it (as we said, the doctor Shivago Kumar Bai), studied the possibilities of medical knowledge from India and China, and in particular from that type of folk medicine that perhaps made possible the diffusion of this important massage. In short, whether the influence of Indian medicine is demonstrated, or a good demonstration of this is also found within the analogy of Yoga posture.
In short, even Thai massage is based on the concept of energy channels capable of relieving the blow: a very widespread discourse within Asian cultural culture according to the qualities of the channels of vital energy are very important for the well-being of the body. Little is known, however, about the spread and influences on Thai massage, as medicine and massage teach and therefore handed down by themselves orally, and the few medical texts where exhaustive information is found have been destroyed in 1767.
What does this massage consist of and why is it considered so effective? It is based on the concept that the body is transmitted by channels: it seems that, according to Indian medicine, there are about 70,000 of them, and ten of these are of primary importance.
The ten most important vital channels are:
- Sumana, 2) Ittha, 3) Pingkala, 4) Kalathari, 5) Sahatsarangsi, 6) Thawari, 7) Lawasang, 8) Ulangka, 9) Nanthakrawat, 10) Khitchanna.
The basis of this concept is that there are two types of body: the physical body, which we know today and which is treated by traditional medicine; the energy body, which is directly and closely connected to the physical body, but can only be cured by making use of the energy channels we were talking about.
Seen according to this assumption, we will therefore say that Thai massage is able to act directly on the second body, which is also the only body of which we can have sensory experience.
When you receive a Thai massage, therefore, you receive an effective and very efficient work on the energy channels and make sure that the energy is not blocked in any way in the sen: if the energy remains blocked and therefore cannot circulate freely, there would be the possibility of experiencing pathological states. Therefore, a pathology of the physical body can also be prevented by acting on the prana and restoring the correct circulation of energy.
The way in which this massage takes place is very simple: you lie down on a mat that should not be too soft, after wearing comfortable clothes that do not hinder movements. Then, we witness the masseur’s prayers, which recites with his hands folded “Om Namo Shivago Kumar Baj Puchaya”, which means “I respect the compassionate Shivago Kumar Baj with good conduct”.
There are two types of massage:
- The court style (Rachasamnak);
- The popular style (Chaleeysak), the most common form practiced.
Five very rigidly coded positions are performed:
2) Right side;
3) Left side;
When the Thai massage is performed, the masseur uses different parts of his body (hands, thumbs, palms, elbows, feet, heels, knees, etc.), and performs manipulations on the body of the person receiving the massage. It can be twisting, compressing, lifting, blocking the body, and all that is needed to assist the channeling of the eventually blocked energy, also using the Hatha Yoga positions.
We offer Thai massage performed in an expert and qualified manner: at our center, it will be possible to receive the execution of the massage for about 60 minutes, at a cost of 300 baht.