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The History of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage was developed over 2,500 years ago by Jivaka Komarabhacc, a renowned healer in Buddhist tradition (and, rumour has it, friend and physician to the Buddha himself).

The origin of this therapeutic technique actually originates not from Thailand, but from India. The theory’s foundation is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body, its influence being that of Yoga philosophy

History and Philosophy of Yoga

Buddhist monks and nuns carried over their knowledge of Thai Massage and medicine with them when they migrated from India to Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Thailand.

Yoga philosophy is based on life energy called Prana, which is absorbed through the air we breathe and food we consume. These energy lines flow to our cells through tiny channels in our bodies called nadis. Out of these energy lines, Thai massage focuses on 10 on which to apply acupressure points and massage; this massage technique frees any blockades in the energy flow, significantly improving conditions, relieving pain, and stimulating the free flow of Prana.

Contrary to Western massage therapy, traditional Thai massage is concerned with the energy of the body rather than the physical body; instead of kneading muscles, the technique focuses on:

-Energy points
-Yoga exercises

Western Medicine in the 80s

It soon became widely apparent that Western medicine has its limits. When the concept of spirituality and natural, holistic methods increased in popularity, alternative health care such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and, of course, Thai Yoga Massage, gradually became more sought-after in Western culture. Health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, massage therapists, as well as yoga and meditation practitioners harnessed their skills and interests and trained in Thailand in traditional Thai massage.

Simultaneously, the people of Thailand began to regularly use Thai Yoga to cure conditions such as:


-Frozen shoulders
-Post-surgery care
-Regain mobility

Within a decade, Thai Yoga Massage had established itself as an effective healing therapy technique that liberates the physical body as well as the mind.

To book a Thai Yoga Massage or consultation, contact us today at Mantra Wellness Centre.