The History of Thai Buddhist Yoga in Asia

The History of Buddhism and Thai Massage in Asia

Wat Pho - Thai traditional massage and its roots in asian Buddhist culture
Buddhism was founded in India over 2500 years ago by the Lord Buddha who reached enlightenment and during his life and after his death the religion now known as Buddhism was formed. Back in those days the Buddhist monks developed a huge understanding of health care and the body and in addition they were  experienced herbal healthcare specialists too. Once the religion spread to other parts of Asia , including Thailand the monks required that their medical practices were taught alongside the Buddhist religion and from this was created the roots of Thai Traditional Massage.

It had been thought the Traditional Thai Massage was brought to Thailand over 2500 years back by  a monk named Shivago Komarpaj who had been a modern day enlightened monk similar to the Lord Buddha. This Traditional Thai Massage puts the massage recipient in yoga-like positions throughout the path of the massage to help assist the customer to full appreciate them massage's therapeutic effects.

When Buddhism arrived at Thailand throughout the next century the Thai  temples which were built didn't just only provide the religion but incorporated schools where education in medicinal techniques were taught and that included Thai  massage along with other healing techniques. Buddhism also spread to other parts of Asia and followed a similar pattern with regional variants.

Previously, the majority of people in Thailand especially women, weren't educated and they couldn't read or write.  In Thailand, the Buddhist monks were males, and ladies weren't permitted to touch or be too close to them. Just the male monks could visit the temples to understand and exercise the healing techniques, which also incorporated Thai massage. These were trained by monks, who adopted the documents within the instruction manuals of healing techniques in ancient Pali texts which had been compiled by monks. These trained males spread their knowledge vocally and this knowledge was handed down from generation to generation and to their families which meant that the understanding and their healing massage abilities were passed to their families and this knowledge cascaded  down the years . This made certain that Traditional Thai Massage thrived and grew in this Asian country.

In 1776, most of the texts were destroyed through the Burmese war with Thailand. These two powerful nations as neighbours were involved in frequent territorial wars through the centuries. King Rama III commanded his army to collect the rest of the fragments from the original texts, protecting them along with the statues and works of art that now reside in Thailand's most important temple - Wat Pho.

Thai Traditional Massage is not the same as what most western people see as being massage. The primary difference is it is practiced fully dressed on the floor pad, where oils or creams aren't necessary.

Traditional Thai Massage, has numerous other names and it is also called:

    Thai Ancient Massage ‘Nuad Paen Bo’Rarn’ (ancient or traditional massage).

    Thai Yoga Massage

    Thai Classical Massage

    Thai Bodywork

asian massage therapy - foot massage qoutes

Thai massage techniques may be used on many areas of body like the thumbs, elbows, palms, over arms, the feet, and knees include: rocking, rhythmic muscle compression, aided yoga positions and stretching.

The aim of Traditional Thai Massage is to stimulate the body, mind, and spirit into balance and harmony, supplying an improved chance for self-healing. The Asian massage specialist always starts the session with worship, a minute of chanting and connection, and having to pay focus to the 4 noble states of mind, which are ;

  •     loving kindness,
  •     empathy,
  •     vicarious pleasure,
  •     equanimity.

This practice helps both the massage specialist and also the receiver to go in a condition of meditation, to become conscious of prana (energy and breathing), creating a clear vessel receiving healing energy and also to achieve freedom from attachment. Throughout Puja or the worship (similar to praying), the specialist recognizes and requests the help of the lineage of instructors (God, Buddha, Dr. Jivaka, and their own individual massage teacher who originally taught them the principles and practice of Thai massage). The Thai massage specialist ascertains whether or not they are okay with doing the massage and with working with the person on the mat. They ask for healing for the massage receiver, themselves , and anyone else they know who needs healing, plus the world and the earth.

This is the root of Thai traditional massage in Thailand - variations in other Asian countries also follow a similar fashion.

Thai Traditional Msssage - Wat Pho Thai Massage School