What is it?
Traditional Thai Massage is an extraordinary method of aligning the energies of the
body, and originates from the time of the Buddha.
Nuad Phan Boran as is it called in Thailand, correctly translates only as Ancient
Massage or Traditional Massage. More widely known today as Thai Massage, is seen as
a practical application of the Buddhist principle of 'Metta' or loving kindness,
forming the cornerstone of a quietly effective healing of body, mind and soul.
Elements of Yoga and Ayurveda from India are combined with universal energy healing
principles, to harmonize and balance the flow of energy throughout the body. It is
performed with the client comfortably clothed on a special mat on the floor. Sessions
usually last for at least one hour.
Thai Massage consists of a series of interactive, flowing movements, stretches and
rhythmic massage, along all the body's energy lines and pressure points. The often
deeply meditative experience can result in a profound release from mental and physical
The practice can be quite stimulating when performed vigorously, causing the same
after-exercise, 'blissed-out' feeling of a good Yoga class. Or, it can be done gently,
in a more soothing manner, depending on the restorative needs or mood of the client.