Traditional Thai massage was founded about 2500 years ago by monk and healer, Jivago Kumara Bhaccha, a contemporary of Buddha and personal physician of the Magadha king, Bimbisara. It has since been developed on influences from India, China and Thai traditions.
A complete Thai Massage is given to a fully-clothed recipient on a mat, on the floor. The massage incorporates a combination of acupressure, joint mobilization, yoga-like stretching and dynamic rocking. Thai Massage is different from many Western forms of massage in that there is no oil used and it is often described as having someone "do yoga to you". Think of it as dynamic conscious movement.
Thai Massage can be beneficial for many therapeutic purposes: relaxation, relief from muscle tension, back, neck and shoulder pain, relief from headaches and sinuses, and improved circulation. Areas of ongoing research include Thai Massage’s ability to improve circulation, flexibility, and muscle tone. This blend of acupressure and stretching is especially beneficial for those who are stiff, sore, and tired from overexertion in work or sports, or from arthritis or other disorders affecting mobility.