The history of Thai massage

The Thai massage is one of the oldest and most popular forms of massage and is highly regarded for its health benefits and technical skill. Thai massage has many influences and uses techniques found across the South Pacific, including India and China. Variants of the massage are offered in spas all over the world.


The origins of Thai massage are believed to date back almost 2,500 years. Shivago Komarpaj, Buddha’s personal physician, is said to be the founder of Thai massage and has also been credited with many other medicinal techniques still used today.

What is a Thai massage?

Thai massage is one of the most invigorating types of massage. A therapist applies pressure to your muscles and manipulates your body into various yoga-like stretches. This is why it is sometimes referred to as ‘yoga for the lazy’. While not as gentle as other massages, you’ll be guaranteed to leave a Thai massage feeling reenergised and relaxed.

The health benefits

Thai massage is believed to significantly improve your overall health and well-being. It has been known to help with asthma, migraines, anxiety, flexibility and emotional and physical stress to name a few.

The best spa resorts in Thailand

Planning a relaxing and rejuvenating trip to Thailand? Here are our top spa tips to help you discover Thainess and experience an authentic Thai massage.

• Sukantara Cascade Resort and Spa

Located in the Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai, this luxury boutique resort and spa is surrounded by waterfalls and lush bamboo forest. With 16 suites and the award-winning Chiida Spa, the resort offers a peaceful and tranquil break for those wanting to reconnect with nature.

• Chiva-Som Resort

This luxurious resort is situated on Hua Hin’s beachfront and surrounded by seven acres of beautiful gardens, making it the perfect place to take a break and rejuvenate. The restaurants offer fresh and healthy dishes with a detox menu available and the Chiva-Som Spa has a wide range of treatments using both traditional and modern techniques. With fans like David Beckham and Kate Moss, you’ll be in good company!

• Six Senses

The Six Senses resort in Yao Noi leads the way in island accommodation. Its poolside villas provide stunning panoramic views over Phang Nga Bay. The secluded spa, nestled in the tropical hillside, offers a variety of treatments and traditional Thai healing practices.

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