Its known in Thailand as nuan boran, nuad bo rarn or nuat phaen boran, literally means old-fashioned or traditional massage. Nuat boran is the Thai name for this type of native bodywork in Thailand (nuat = pressure, touch for the purpose of healing AND boran or bo’Rarn = ancient). It is the great massage of the kingdom of Siam.
Thai massage is also known as Thai style massage, Buntautuk style, Old Medicine Hospital style, traditional Thai massage, traditional medical Thai massage, Thai yoga massage, Thai classic massage, Thai body work, Thai Yoga and ancient body work Siamese.
In Thailand, Thai massage is one of the branches of Thai Traditional Medicine, currently recognized and regulated by the Thai government, and is widely regarded as a medical discipline for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. The Thai massage has its roots in the Chinese massage Tui Na, Hindu Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine dating back four thousand years.
The “Thai massage” is linked to the name of Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a doctor from the north of India, a friend and contemporary of Buddha, who lived 2500 years ago and whose name became Shivago Komarpag in Thailand.
This millennial art of healing comprises a very varied set of delicate techniques and strong effects. Like all Eastern practices of healing, it bases its foundation on the vision of the circulation of energy by the body through a trail or path, which the Thais call Sen lines. That energy the Chinese call it Qi (vital energy), there are various disciplines and styles that they use to unlock these channels of energy that they call “meridians” (Sen Sib) to allow energy to flow.
Thai massage is a refined therapeutic resource that effectively fulfills both preventive and curative level.
It is estimated that there are 7 to 10 regional variations of Thai massage among which to highlight (according to the data of a conversation with David Bliss and some of them have been corroborated in the book “Nuad Thai.” Traditional Thai Massage, Maneewan and Max Chia) two very important:
It is a native massage whose knowledge has been handed down from generation to generation. This massage has evolved to provide a wide variety of techniques and body positions. In this category would include all the native styles of the mountain people, whose knowledge and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation.
It is a style that was modified and adapted to be used in the old court by the real doctor. This style doesn’t have many maneuvers of contact in the receiver, on the hand it looks to work specially with pressure on the Sen lines. Neither do touch the feet of the receiver. This knowledge was passed on by each real physician to the next. This style of massage is more gentle, delicate and precise.
Thai medicine has a holistic view of the body and focuses on “prevention”. Its techniques are an extraordinary, effective and very powerful means of preventing pathologies. A striking difference between Naud Bo’Rarn and other forms of healing is that it requires the therapist and the patient to work together. Thai massage is the means for two people to unite with the aim of achieving mutual balance of energy and vital force.
The Thai massage is considered from the Buddhist point of view – as a way to reach the “Four divine states of Consciousness” (conditions necessary to achieve complete happiness), and should be motivated only by desire To grant affectionate kindness with total dedication, presence and dedication towards the physical and emotional pains and feelings of the recipient, in these conditions it becomes a healing experience for both the recipient and the receiver.
Briefly detailed of the four immeasurable thoughts of Buddhism:
- Loving kindness (Metta): the desire to increase and sustain the happiness of others.
- Compassion (Karuna): the desire to reduce or eliminate the suffering of others.
- Benevolent rejoicing (Mudita): joy for happiness and the achievements of others.
- Fairness or equanimity: not distinguish in our dealings between friends, enemies, or strangers, and equally accept pleasure and pain, honor and infamy, gain and loss, success and defeat, without depression Nor excitement.
As in yoga and other oriental disciplines, Thai massage is practiced on the physical body, not as an end in itself, but as an aspect of being, a sacred “vehicle” through which one can Reach a more subtle plane, the spirit.
Thai massage should be given with love, compassion, patience and with the intention of serving and giving the best to whoever receives it.
- Improved functionality of the nervous system, circulatory system and lymphatic drainage. Regulates endocrine functions.
- It promotes muscle tone, reduces tension.
- Improves posture and increases flexibility.
- The muscles, ligaments, fascia and tendons thus increase their flexibility.
- Improves sleep quality and relieves insomnia, inducing a deeper sleep.
- Improves the functioning of internal organs.
- In the respiratory system, the benefits are greater depth of breathing and relaxation.
- Facilitates the ability to feel the connection with body, mind and space.
- Relax and facilitate interpersonal relationships.
- Increases self-esteem.
- It balances and restores the vital force that flows through our body.
- It promotes and facilitates physical and mental relaxation.
- Muscle pains due to contracture and nervous tensions.
- Joint pains due to incorrect postures and movements, arthritis and arthritis.
- Column deformities such as lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis.
- Lack of flexibility or muscle tone.
- Nervousness and relaxation difficulties.
“Health is kept living in harmony and balance with our own nature and what surrounds us.
The disease, leaving aside congenital and hereditary factors or traumatic accidents.
It is fundamentally the product of living out of harmony with these factors. ”