With the modern lifestyle of long working hours and the time spent on computer, smart phones and tablets, we are now suffering more and more from pain on our neck, shoulders and backs. For Thais, the most efficient method to release the stress of the muscle is traditional massage. Thai massage has been used to release stress for centuries and it still works well at present.

If we look back to the ancient time in Thailand, we would discover that our ancestors had simple and natural ways to reduce body pains, either by themselves or massage practitioners.  Yes, I am talking about traditional Thai massage. Actually, the benefits of Thai Massage include a relief of physical stress and emotional tension. It also helps to heal some ailments such as migraine, insomnia and keeps our body and mind in balance. People say it is both relaxing and energizing.

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Thai massage is a combination of Indian Ayurvedic, stretching techniques of yoga and Chinese and other local medical wisdom. The founder of the traditional massage and Ayuravadic medical technique is said to be Jīvaka Komarabhācca, who lived in India about 2,600 years ago. The massage techniques have been developed and combined by massage masters to be the practice and technique currently used in Thailand. Those techniques were scripted on the stone plates and displayed at Wat Po (the Reclining Buddha Temple) in 19th century during the reign of King Rama III.  The stone inscriptions have now been registered by UNESCO as the MEMORY OF THE WORLD in 25 May 2011.

The Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho

The Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho

Did I mention “self-massaging”?  Yes, you can do it by yourself (no need to go any spa or massage parlor). It uses the postures from the statues of the hermits in Wat Po (See the photo below). The exercises involve stretching body parts in different postures. When it is done correctly, it can cure some diseases and help to release the stress in your neck and shoulders muscle or other part of the body.  It is similar to yoga postures.

Hermits Exercise Posts

Hermits Exercise Postures at Wat Po, Bangkok

 

Wat Po - the first university of Siam

Wat Po – the first university of Siam