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​Introduction to Traditional Thai Yoga Massage

* Traditional Thai Yoga Massage incorporates the term "yoga" as a Western addition to emphasize its close resemblance to the practice of yoga. Although we've taken this small commercial liberty, it's important to note that our school strictly adheres to the oldest and most authentic traditions of Thai massage.


Theory of Nuad Bo-Rarn:

"Nuad Bo-Rarn" is the Thai name for a type of body work native to Thailand

(nuad=massage, bo-rarn=ancient)

Thai yoga massage is a traditional healing practice that originated in Thailand centuries ago. It was introduced by Buddhist monks who arrived from India and brought with them the knowledge of this therapeutic technique. Let's explore the origins, principles, and benefits of Thai yoga massage in more detail.

I. Origins and History of Thai Yoga Massage

Thai yoga massage traces its roots back to the second and third century B.C. when Buddhist monks, including Shivagakomarpaj, who was Buddha's personal doctor and is acknowledged as the founder of it, brought this healing practice to Thailand. The ancient wisdom of Thai massage was primarily transmitted orally, similar to Buddha's religious texts, and very few written records exist.

This sacred practice was (and still is) traditionally performed in Buddhist temples, emphasizing its spiritual significance.

II. Principles of Traditional Thai Medicine

Central to traditional Thai medicine is the concept of energy flowing through the body along ten major channels, known as sen lines. The obstruction of these channels is believed to lead to pain or diseases. This idea aligns with other ancient healing systems, which also propose that imbalances within the individual or between an individual and their environment can cause illnesses.


III. Concept of Energy System in Traditional Thai Medicine

Traditional Thai Medicine understands the human body as having an energy system composed of 10 'sen' lines. This system is similar to the 'nadhis' found in Ayurvedic medicine and yoga. The practice of Thai yoga massage aims to stimulate, open, and balance the flow of energy through these sen lines, supporting the body's natural tendency towards self-healing.

IV. How Thai Yoga Massage Works

Thai Yoga Massage achieves its healing effects through a combination of techniques. These include rhythmic manipulation of the sen lines, mobilization of joints, passive stretches, and the application of Hatha Yoga asanas. The massage unfolds like a continuous and rhythmic dance, enhancing its therapeutic benefits.

V. Buddhist Teachings and Thai Yoga Massage

Thai Yoga Massage embodies the four divine states of mind described in Buddhist teachings: loving-kindness, compassion, vicarious joy, and equanimity. Practitioners aim to incorporate these states into their actions during the massage, making it a form of 'meditation in movement.'

VI. Experience of a Good Thai Yoga Massage

During a satisfying Thai Yoga Massage session, the receiver experiences a state of clear, calm, and vivified embodiment. The massage not only addresses physical concerns but also promotes mental and emotional well-being.

In conclusion, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient and spiritually rich healing practice that involves energy flow, therapeutic techniques, and embodying positive states of mind. It continues to be cherished for its holistic approach to promoting wellness and self-healing.

The 6 Points of Nuad Bo-Rarn:

  1. YOGA. Yoga is an ancient Indian system of health dating back thousands of years. Yoga is a sequence of postures that stretch the muscles. Relax the body and mind and relieve tension.

  2. ACUPRESSURE. In Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage we work on the meridians (energy lines) of the body to relieve tension and blockage so that the energy can flow freely. These are the same meridians followed in acupuncture.

  3. MEDITATIVE. In the massage is performed in a relaxed and focused way it will be more beneficial and fulfilling. The receiver will be affected greatly by the state of mind of the giver during the massage.

  4. EXERCISE. Even though Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage is called “Yoga for lazy people”, the receiver is actually an active participant in the massage. The giver is constantly moving and also benefits from the stretches if they are performed properly. So Nuad Bo Rarn is a form of exercise for both the giver and the receiver.

  5. REFLEXOLOGY. Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage acts not only as a kind of “passive yoga” but also as a form of reflexology: focusing on the feet, hands, ears and face.

  6. HEALING ART. The combination of yoga, reflexology and acupressure made Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage a very unique healing art which improves overall health and well-being.

The Ethics of Nuad Bo-Rarn (Traditional Thai Massage):

  1. Study diligently the techniques and the practices of Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage.

  2. Do not practice in public places.

  3. Do not hope for any gains.

  4. Do not take any patients from another doctor.

  5. Do not boast about your knowledge.

  6. Ask for advice and listen to people who know more than you.

  7. Bring a good reputation to the seven schools.

  8. Do not give out certificates in basic Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage to a person who is not qualified.

  9. Give thanks every day to the father doctor Om Namo.

While these rules are culturally oriented and may not be totally practical in all circumstances, they make clear the sense of altruism and responsibility which pervades the practice of Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage and one can see how deeply Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage reflects the “Four Divine State of Mind” of Buddhist teaching. These are Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Vicarious Joy and Equanimity.

The Methods of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage:

  1. Work in a meditative and concentrated state of mind.

  2. Before starting, ask if the patient has any illness or a recent operation.

  3. Work in a slow style, not too fast.

  4. Before and after you work the lines ( leg, arm, back) apply pressure with your palms for relaxation.

  5. Work by circular motion with thumb, finger, or palm pressure P.P after pressing a point

  6. for relaxation.

  7. Never stop the blood flow at the groin or armpit in cases of high blood pressure, heart disease, varicose veins or pregnancy.

  8. Work with straight arms and back. The strength of the pressure comes from the weight of the body. Works slowly, be happy, and save energy with a rocking motion.

  9. Never work directly on the knee or press directly onto bones.

  10. Work with the ball of the thumb, not the tip.

  11. Never press directly on the bone, work with a circular motion of the finger on the bone.

  12. Do not give a stomach massage (Hara work) just after eating.

  13. Clean the feet and hands of the given and receiver.

  14. Recite the short prayer, OM Namo before starting the massage.





  1. Always make each movement effective. No matter what your time frame or format, you should always feel that each pressure point, each stretch and each movement “speaks” to the client’s body. If it does not, examine your practice and technique. If after this you do not feel that you can make it effective, it may be best to drop this movement from your format.

  2. Develop a sense of pace and timing. One of the reasons that Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage is so effective in inducing deep rest and sedation, is that the clients nervous system will quickly entrain with the pace and rhythm of your movements. Move as if you were following an inner drummer. If in doubt, follow the beat of your own heart. At the same time, be sensitive to the client as different individuals will inspire different rates of pacing.

  3. Trust your intuition. As been said before, this is energy medicine. Let the energy between you and your client be symbiotic and trust in your own growing ability to respond in an appropriate and sensitive manner.

  4. Be aware of your client’s response. On rare occasions, a sudden or new practitioner will seem to be bent upon infliction pain. This is totally wrong. It is usually the result of a practitioner “not knowing his own strength, a feeling of insecurity or a lack of sensitivity. Be careful and be aware.


The secret of learning Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage is good instruction and practice. Try to work with someone who is more experienced than you and study their response to your work. Receiving Nuad Bo Rarn Thai Massage from a good practitioner is the faster and best way to learn the details of pressure and movements.

Bear in mind that most typical of Thai course: be happy and enjoy the gift of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage.



Physical Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage:


- Help detoxification of the body and boost the immune system
- Increase blood circulation and lower blood pressure
- Good for muscle relaxation, increase flexibility in your muscles, increase mobility
- Improve breathing
- Improves posture, balance corrects body alignments and dissolves energy blockages
- Improves athletic performance
- Help arthritis and back pain
- Help tone the body, strengthen joints and fight diseases, including chronic joint problems
- Prevents illnesses and alleviates degenerative diseases
- Slows the ageing process


Mental Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage:

- Improve your outlook towards life; builds an emotional balance
- Help with concentration and creativity/ Mind and body concentration
- Clear and calm your mind
- Help you gain mental clarity
- Reduce and relieve stress and anxiety
- Help people boost their inner energy levels
- Develop discipline and self-control
- Achieve better health, increases health and vitality
- Raise the energy level and stamina
- Build internal power (and creates a natural confidence)


Thai Massage Can Be Particularly Helpful in Relieving:


  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Arthritis

  • Whiplash pain

  • Paralysis

  • Numbness

  • Sciatica

  • Back pain and other conditions

ITM Thai Hand International Training Massage School Berlin

The founder of Thai massage and medicine is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj (ชีวกโกมารภัจจ์ Jīvaka Komarabhācca), who is said in the Pāli Buddhist Canon to have been the Buddha's physician over 2,500 years ago.

ITM Thai Hand International Training Massage School Berlin
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World Massage Federation (WMF) 

WMF was established as to expand massage globally by organizing training sessions, educational seminars, camps and contests.

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