“Nuat phaen boran” which accurately translates as ancient massage and traditional massage is also known now as Thai massage, Thai ancient massage, ancient massage, traditional Thai massage, Thai yoga massage, yoga massage, Thai classical massage, Thai bodywork, passive yoga, or assisted yoga.
In Thai Massage the recipient is put into many yoga-like positions during the course of the massage. In the northern style there are a lot of stretching movements unlike the southern style where pressure is emphasized. It was believed that the massage art was brought over to Thailand by Dr Shivago K., a contemporary of Buddha almost about 2500 years ago.
The massage recipient changes into pajamas and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. The therapist leans on the recipient’s body using hands and forearms to apply firm rhythmic pressure to almost every part of the taker’s body. The massage generally follows the SEN lines on the body-somewhat analogous to Chinese Acupuncture Meridians. In some gestures, legs and feet of the giver are used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other gestures, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. Usually no oil is applied. A full course of Thai massage typically lasts two hours or more, and includes pulling fingers, toes, ears etc., cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, arching the recipient’s back in a rolling action and more poses.