Thai Massage

Thai massage is a prime example of how names can be misleading since Thai Massage was actually born in India. Developed by Ayurvedic professionals of India, Thai massage gained a name for itself in Thailand. Called Nuat phaen boran in Thailand, meaning ancient massage or traditional massage, Thai massage is based on the holistic health principles of Ayurveda. Thai massage is also closely associated with Yoga, and is at places known as Thai yoga massage, passive yoga and assissted yoga.

Thai massage is applied in standardized rhythmic movements, and can be practiced in individual as well as group sessions. The beauty of group sessions comes out in massagers applying thai massage in a synchronized fashion. Whether individual or group, thai massage is no ordinary massage, and so be prepared for knuckle cracking, back walking, back arching, ear-finger-toe pulling activity. A normal session of Thai massage lasts for two hours, in most cases, no oil is used.

Thai massage was developed in India 2500 years ago, by Jivaka Kumarbhaccha, an Ayurvedic doctor. Kumarbhacha was a famous holistic healer and a yogi, and had the privilege of treating Sidharta Gautum Budha himself. The massage techniques of Kumarbhacha were practiced in Buddhist temples throughout the Indian subcontinent. With the spread of Buddhism to East Asia specifically to Thailand, this ancient massage was made available to people outside Buddhist temples thus the name Thai massage.

A form of Thai massage that is currently practiced in some hotels and brothels, called Thai Sex Massage or sometimes just Thai massage, is of course completely different from the therapeutic traditional Thai massage and should not be confused with it.


Downtown Vancouver Thai Massage Therapy
604-633-9593

MZ1- 970 Burrard St. Vancouver
(mezzanine – Electra Building)
7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm
535 Hornby St. #400 Vancouver
(4th floor YWCA Building)
Weekdays 6 am to 10 pm 

Benefits of Thai Massage:

Based on Ayurveda, Thai massage operates on meridian energy lines or channels that are similar to Acupuncture and Shiatsu. Ayurveda is a Sansikrit word, ayur means life and veda is knowledge, according to the Ayurveda Meaning of Life, the meridian energy lines are crucial to the health of the body. Thai massage applies stretching massage movements along the energy lines to release tension in muscles, tissue and tendons.

Thai massage works to generate an unobstructed flow of energy in all parts of the body. Maintaining body at a level where energy flows freely in the energy channels, thai massage helps to resolve medical conditions such as stress management, digestive dysfunction, headaches, pain in lower back, problems related to menustration, arthritis and the ability to fight chronic diseases.

Thai massage when applied in its traditional therapeutic sense, works both ways as it benefits the client and the practitioner restoring energy balance as it creates a wonderful state of relaxation for both. For the client, however, it has the following benefits:

Thai massage is extremely beneficial for people who have to manage chronic pain condition that may produce disabling and debilitating physical conditions including chronic back pain or lower back pain;

Thai massage provides relief from chronic or occasional headaches and migraine headaches;

Thai massage is a gentle touch for healing soft tissue syndromes and related disorders;

Complications caused by inflammation of muscles are relieved by thai massage;

  • Lymphadema
  • Joint pain

Thai massage helps manage chronic ailments because of its capacity to support other therapies and to integrate with other healing methods. Thai massage has worked well to form successful recovery programs and processes when used in conjunction with chiropractic, chakra balancing, osteopathy and cranial sacral.

Wellness Tip from Mark Bentz

Buddhists believe that the energy in our body is regulated by seven energy centres placed just outside our physical body, and are connected to each other with a nadia or pipe. Following are the names and functions of the Chakras, beginning from the base or the seventh charka, locations are best identified when in a sitting position.

First Chakra, Muladhra

Located across from the base of the spine, Muladhra draws energy from element Earth, and is responsible for our health, physical presence and daily survival.

  • Generates sense of self-preservation, grounding
  • Rules lower back, buttocks, lower body

Second Chakra, Swadhistana

Located just above Muladhara, Swadhistana draws energy from element of Water, and is responsible for emotional health, sexuality and self-gratification.

  • Graceful presence, flexibility to accept change, sexual fulfillment
  • Rules sexual organs, potency, reproduction

Third Chakra, Manipura

Located above Swadhistana in the solar plexus, Manipura draws energy from element Fire, and is responsible for our personal power, sense of ego and body metabolism.

  • Power of autonomy, will and self-empowerment
  • Rules digestion and metabolism

Fourth Chakra, Anahata

Located across the chest, Anahata is the Heart charka drawing enegy from element of Air, and is responsible for unity of opposites in the mind and body, passions of love and centeredness.

  • Ability for deep love, compassion and peacefulness
  • Rules the heart and other organs in the chest

Fifth Chakra, Vishuddha

Located at the throat, Vishuddha draws energy from element of Sound, and is responsible for linguistic vibrations, communications, self-expression.

  • Creativity, expression, communicative abilities and skills
  • Rules the biggest vein in the body and all conditions of the throat, ears, mouth and nose

Sixth Chakra, Ajna

Located between the two eyes, Ajna draws energy from element Light and is located in the place of the third eye, it allows us to see both the physical and virtual, gives us clarity, develops psychic capabilities.

  • Center of intuition, sixth sense and physical and virtual vision
  • Rules sight and vision

Seventh Chakra, Sahasrara

Located at the crown of the head, Sahasrara is the only Chakra that is open, and connects with the outer energy, to the awareness, sense of time and timelessness, knowledge.

  • Understanding, awareness, spirituality, connectiveness
  • Rules the head, headaches, head injuries

The seven charkas are connected to a pipeline of energy that runs parallel to our spine, called Sushana Nadi.

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Vancouver Thai Massage Therapy
604-633-9593

MZ1- 970 Burrard St. Vancouver
(mezzanine – Electra Building)
7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm
535 Hornby St. #400 Vancouver
(4th floor YWCA Building)
Weekdays 6 am to 10 pm