The traditional medical massage of Thailand, more commonly known as Thai Massage, is one of the world's oldest healing modalities. It originated in India during the Buddha's lifetime, over 2,500 years ago. As Buddhism spread out from India, so did Thai Massage.
While its evolution is clouded by the passage of time and the lack of written records, one can see that it is greatly influenced by yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine from the movements (which often mimic the asanas of yoga) and attention to pressure points (similar to the nadis of Ayurveda and meridians of Chinese medicine).Thai massage blends gentle rocking, rhythmic acupuncture, reflexology, range of motion, and deep assisted stretches to open, exercise, and tone all systems of the body.
All work is based on a system of energy lines called "Sen" which follow energy as it flows through the body. There are 72,000 minor and major Sen lines which are closely associated with the nadis of Ayurvedic medicine and meridians of Chinese acupuncture.
Thai massage retains elements of strong spiritual connection. Practioners start their work day with a prayer which is recited in the original Pali language, and are reminded of the Four Divine States of Mind of the Buddhist teachings: compassion, loving kindness, joy and balance.