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The origins of Thai traditional massage can be traced back about 2,500 years, around the same time as the birth of Buddhism.

Shiwog Gomarabat (Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha), the royal physician of King Bimbisara of the Ayurveda dynasty in northern India, developed a therapeutic method using massage and medicinal herbs, parts of animals, and minerals, based on traditional natural health therapies. He was a devout follower of Buddha and contributed to the propagation of Buddhism. The therapeutic method he created, which merged with ancient Indian health practices such as yoga, was spread alongside the diffusion of Buddhism, and this became the foundation for traditional Thai massage in present-day Thailand. Since then, Thai massage has been closely linked with Buddhism, passed down mainly in temples through observation and practice. The influence of Chinese massage, particularly foot massage, due to the long history of trade between Thailand and China, is also said to have significantly contributed to the development of Thai massage.

By the 19th century, Thai traditional massage became widely known among the common people.

In 1836 (Buddhist era 2376), Rama III of the Chakri dynasty undertook a major renovation of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), inscribing various medical and academic texts on the temple walls and columns in the form of text and illustrations to allow common people to learn. In the field of medicine, 60 illustrations showing the pressure points of massage, 80 poses of massage, and over 1100 types of diagnostic methods and herbal preparations were described. As a result, Thai massage gained worldwide fame, and is now widely known as "the world's most comfortable massage."

Thai Traditional massage aims to improve blood and lymph circulation, alleviate muscle stiffness and tension, and relieve fatigue and stress by slowly stimulating the body's energy lines, known as "Sen", through a combination of acupressure and stretching. Regular sessions of Thai massage can help maintain body flexibility, boost immunity, and provide anti-aging effects.

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