The fascination of this place
is not about what there is
but about what is missing.

This is not a cliché.

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27 November 2013

The Thai Massage

Nuad-Bo-Rarn in the Thailand language is synonymous with the thai massage. Many of you will have heard of the Thai massage but let’s now look at it in more detail to understand fully.


"As said massage is an intrinsic value of Thai culture and is as natural as is a greeting of ‘bun dé’ between Ladin folk!"
It is said that Shivago Komarpaj, a doctor from Buddha, introduced the Thai massage technique and it has its origins way back more than 2500 years ago. The oldest of Thai massage schools, and where antique texts regarding the art can be found, is in the budhist temple of Wat Po in Bangkok; here the southern version of massage is practised whereas in Chiang Mai the northern version is to be found. There are differences between the two – the northern method being composed of a series of soft pressures on the body and of yoga derived positions; the southern, or better to say the style practised at Wat Po, has a lot more pressure as its base. Davide, our therapist, who is just back  from Thailand, had the opportunity to try both and therefore we are pretty sure of the differences! I asked Davide to give us a short description of the massages and his feelings about them.

“Thai massage is part of the culture and its practice is widespread. Be it the most luxurious of spas or in a gazebo in the sidestreets near the Chiang Mai Saturday market. The massage is widely practised and you can either opt for an individual or group massage... and it is not just the most experienced and qualified who give massages – I had a massage from a blind person and it was the most amazing experience of my life. As oil or beds are not required and the guest is required to wear only loose clothing and possess a willingness to relax, you could even do it on the beach, or in the woods of a mountain area, or on the banks near a stream. As said massage is an intrinsic value of Thai culture and is as natural as is a greeting of ‘bun dé’ between Ladin folk!"

"Certainly Thai culture is not only massage but embraces loving smiles, friendly acknowledgements, and most important of all respect for oneself and for others. These are the values of a people but in reality they should be the values of all people and all peoples. When I am giving a Thai massage I remember all of these thoughts and sensations and I do my best to transmit all to the client.”

Nicoletta and Davide