Thai massage (Nuat Thai) is a branch of Traditional Thai medicine and a form of manual therapy that can be used for relaxation and health promotion. Thai Medicine combines both Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine theory and recognizes that a person's life force circulates through their body via energy pathways called sen, similar in layout to Chinese Medicine's meridians and Ayurveda's nadi lines. While there are thousands of sen in the body, most Thai Massage focuses on treating specific acupressure points along the 10 most important lines called the sen sib.
The development of Thai Massage started approximately 2,500 years ago with Dr, Shivago Komarpaj, also known as Jivaka Kumarabhacca; a traditional Ayurvedic doctor who was the personal physician to the Buddha. Over time, this system of massage traveled across Asia to Thailand, with the Buddhist religion. Along the way, elements of Chinese Medicine were incorporated into the methods of Thai Massage to expand its benefits.
Thai Massage is often described as a unique blend of acupressure, reflexology, and yoga stretches. Today, there are several different styles of Thai Massage practiced all over Thailand. All of these styles of Thai massage can be divided into two categories: Folk Massage and Royal Massage. Folk massage incorporates the use of hands, elbows, knees, and feet to massage, bend, press, and stretch the body and apply pressure. Royal massage emphasizes the use of hands and fingers only to apply pressure to the acupressure points associated with the sen sib and there is no joint manipulation or stretching of any kind in this approach. The Thai massage offered by Body-Power Therapies incorporates both Folk and Royal Massage techniques.