Traditional Thai Massage

Photo by Sean Ritchwood

Photo by Sean Ritchwood


Ancient THAI MASSAGE (Northern Style)

The Thai word “Nuad Borarn” is translated in English as Ancient Massage. Ancient Thai Massage is a unique form of body therapy that incorporates Hatha Yoga and accupressure. This particular from of body work dates back at least 2,000 years. Thai Massage is very different from the type of tissue manipulation which we usually associate with the word massage in the context of Western Practice. Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the floor rather than a raised table. This allows many movements and procedures that are not practical or effective in table work. It allows for the most effective use of the practitioner’s body weight rather than muscular force for the transmission of pressure, force, or energy which creates a highly therapeutic effect.

Thai Massage is a type of massage for which the client may remain fully clothed, except for the feet. The main consideration is that clothing should be lightweight and allow for flexible movement. This work consists primarily of pressure on energy lines and acupressure points, along with a large variety of stretching movements. The length of the session may be tailored to each client’s needs. The suggested minimum session length is 90 minutes for optimal results.

The stretching movements in Thai Massage affect the entire body by increasing flexibility, releasing deep tension and helping the energy to flow freely. In the stretching movements the client gets to play a passive role, allowing the Therapist to stretch their body while the muscles are completely relaxed. For this reason, Thai Massage is often referred to as the Lazy Man’s Yoga. The result is a comprehensive opening of the body, which leaves one feeling both relaxed and energized at the same time.


Sen Line and Acupressure point diagrams from Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, Thailand and an ancient Thai Massage Manuscript

The Many Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Deep Relaxation: Pressure on the feet and leg is sedating, sometimes inducing hypnotic or altered states of consciousness.

  • Release points of tension in the body which block the natural flow of energy, inducing homeostasis, balance and harmony.

  • Release stress and increasing energy.

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion.

  • Assists alignment and postural integrity of the body.

  • Improves circulation.

  • Strengthens the internal organs.

  • Relieves pain.

  • improves neurological functioning and assists in relieving degenerative conditions associated with the aging process.

  • Promotes comprehensive inner peace and a quiet mind.