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The ancient healing arts of India and Thailand

“In Thai Massage, a healing touch is not so much a technique, as it is an intention, a feeling of love, a state of consciousness.” ~ Gracie Love

What is Thai Massage?

Nuad Boran, also known as Thai Yoga Bodywork or Thai Massage, originated in northern India around 2500 years ago. The founder, Jivaka Komarabhacca, was believed to be the personal physician of the Buddha. Thai Massage later spread to Thailand through Buddhist travellers. Its Indian origins are still evident from its foundations in Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine) and Yoga principles. Its connection to Buddhism also remains, and Thai Massage is still considered to be a spiritual practice connected with the teachings of Buddha. Metta ("loving kindness") is still a central aspect of Thai Massage today. Before each massage, the practitioner still performs homage to Jivaka in a ceremony known as wai khru, or “honoring the teacher.” An authentic massage therapist will then perform their art with full awareness and presence, and an intention of wishing well.

Thai massage is based on the concept of energy lines (“sen sib") running through the body. A disturbance in the flow of energy result in a poor supply of Prana (“energy” or “life force”) and results in sickness and ill-health. Thai Massage aims to heal disturbances, facilitating energy flow and restoring the body to good health.

Thai Yoga Bodyworks is a dry massage, signifying that it is done without oil and fully dressed. It is performed on a comfortable floor mat instead of a massage table, allowing the practitioner to use their hands, feet, elbows, etc. to massage their client, resulting in a form of deep tissue massage.

Muscles, joints and acupressure points are stretched and opened. Although the massage is very physical, the overall objective is to bring balance and harmony to both the energetic and physical body of the receiver. A holistic and systematic approach is employed, whereby the treatment begins at the feet and works its way up, finishing with the shoulders, neck and head. This follows the flow of energy and ensures a full-body massage.

In my practice, I employ a combination of reflexology, energy work, physical stretches and manipulation, and traditional massage techniques. I also use Toksen massage, where a small wooden mallet is used for rhythmic tapping on the body's energy points and lines to open the energy channels and to release muscle tension.

How can Thai Massage benefit you?

• Improving flexibility

• Stimulating circulation

• Relaxing muscles and relieving pain

• Relieving headaches

• Diminishes body postural problems

• Alleviating back and knee pain

• Promoting mental calmness

• Improving sleep quality

• Relieving joint stiffness and pain

• Easing stress and anxiety

• Boosting energy

• Encouraging mental and physical relaxation


Evelien Arts,

Founder of Tanzanite Hearts

+44 796734139067

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