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Traditional Thai massage gains UNESCO heritage status


The addition of “Nuad Thai” to UNESCO’s list of “intangible cultural heritage” practices was “historic”, said the Thai delegate at the UNESCO meeting in Bogotá, Colombia. “It helps promote the practice of Nuad Thai locally and internationally.”


What is Traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage (Nuad Thai) is an ancient form of massage thought to have been developed by Buddhist monks more tha 2,500 years ago. Thai massage is a traditional healing system including acupressure. The idea of Shen-lines alias energy-lines was first used in “Thai massage”. It uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension, and balance the body’s energy systems.

Traditional Thai massage has many benefits for the individual. It uses the gentle pressure on energy lines and the yoga-like stretching to relax the whole body on a deeper level. This deeper level of relaxation improves the individual’s personal outlook and their emotional status.

Traditional Thai Massage is a native massage, which was passed down from one generation to another. There are two main styles of Thai massage.

  1. Chaleysak massage: “Chaleysak” means freedom; the therapist will be free to use a variety of body parts to give massage such as hand, palm, knee, foot or fingers. This massage has evolved to provide a variety of techniques and body positions.
  2. Racha-samnuk massage: “Racha-samnuk” means Royal Court. This style was modified for use at the ancient royal court by the royal physician. The knowledge was passed down from one royal physician to the next. The massage is more deferential, gentle, delicate and precise. This massage has only three position such as supine, lying on the side and sitting position.


Hong Hern or “flying swan” – the signature of Thai Warrior Massage.

Thai Warrior Massage is a part of Thai Chaleysak massage, which was assembled by Master Pathompon Aiyarattanaruk. Since 2017, Thai Warrior Massage has been known worldwide after wining of The World Championship in Massage (2017) in the International Massage Association at Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thai Warrior Massage is the combination of this rhythmic massage, acupressure, gentle twisting and deep stretching approach aiming to relieve tension and promoting life force energy in our body, bringing an extraordinary sense of well-being to both the recipient and therapist.

Hong Hern or “flying swan”, the signature of Thai Warrior Massage techniques, helps to release and reduce trigger points. Once a trigger point is released, there will be a significant reduction in pain. The massage with flexibility training helps to loosen muscles and prevent a return of the trigger points and sciatica. Once the trigger point is released, there will be a significant reduction in pain. The massage with flexibility training helps to loosen the muscle and prevent a return of the trigger points and sciatica.

A trigger point may cause the muscle to compress and irritate the sciatic nerve, causing the pain to travel along the course of the nerve. The pain may radiate down the back of the leg and into the hamstrings, the calf muscles and possibly the foot. The pain may initially be confused with a hamstring strain or diagnosed as true sciatica. Weakness, stiffness and a general restriction of movement are also quite common. Tingling, numbness, or shooting pains down the leg can also be experienced. Symptoms tend to be aggravated by prolonged sitting or by intense activity.

There are a lot of different techniques that can be used during a massage session. The range is from the most delicate touch. Knowing how to perform these procedures is the key to a successful massage.

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