Thai Massage

Thai massage and Thai medicine are said to have been practiced for over 2500 years and founded by the legendary Shiva-go Komarpaj ( another variant is Jivaka Kumara Bhaccha ), who was a personal physician to the Sangha (Buddhist monks), a friend and physician to the Buddha and renowned as a healer in Buddhist tradition. Though there are many influences for Thai medicine from Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian culture, credit is given mostly to Mr Komarpaj. As practiced and taught by Khun Paschal, this therapeutic massage emphasizes balancing and strengthening and is based on the concept of vital life force energy. This energy flows along channels in the body called “sen”. “Sen” lines correspond to the meridians of Chinese medicine and the “nadi” of Indian points. These points are addressed specifically by the therapist doing the massage and are pressured, rubbed and stretched through manipulation by the therapists’ feet, knees, elbows and hands.

As a healer, Khun Phaccha’s social role was closer to a religious figure than to a medicinal doctor. As such, the ancient texts (originally on palm leaves) which describe his teachings, as well as the followers who continued in his path were closely associated with life within the temples and centres of Buddhist life. After the invading armies of Burma destroyed Ayutthaya, the capital was moved further south to Bangkok. As soon as the Royal Family settled down in the new Grand Palace, all surviving text and inscriptions referring to the ancient art of massage were summoned and brought to the neighbouring temple, Wat Po and were transcribed to stone tablets, where they remain to this day.


Thai massage is often described as “lazy yoga.” It uses quite similar techniques as Swedish massage, but Thai massage also stimulates the acupressure points in relation to the concept of energy lines in order to provide major relief by working on tendons and by stretching and loosening tightened muscles. This dedicated work releases tension and relieves joints.

Thai massage leaves you feeling relaxed and energised. In addition, Thai massage uses the technique of unblocking and releasing the blood flow by applying sustained pressure for around 30 seconds to the areas where legs and arms meet the torso. This is a real circulation booster. When the pressure is released, you suddenly feel a rush of heat as blood floods back along your limbs.

Is a style of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. The client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Traditional Thai Massage but you can have a completely different type of massage which we are certified in – Oil Massage & Aromatherapy.

Thai massage originated in India and is based on Ayurveda and yoga. This form of massage art was brought over to Thailand by Shiva-go Komarpaj over 2500 years ago

Thai massage is total body therapy. Through a series of assisted Yoga-like stretches, alongside gentle traction and pressure point, it is a type of massage that follows the body’s energy lines (referred to in Thai as “Sen” channels). This extraordinary massage helps relieve tension and lubricates joints. It also increases vitality and awareness and allows you to achieve a deep state of tranquility.

Thai massage is one of the oldest massage techniques in existence today. Dating back 2,500 years, Thai massage is said to have been developed by Buddhist monks right at the time when Gautama Buddha himself was still alive. These monks handed what they knew to their students, who then passed them on to their own students until it spread throughout the east. Thai massage incorporates the philosophies surrounding the Chinese concept of acupuncture and combines these philosophies with the stretching exercises done by yogis in India. The ultimate aim of Thai massage is for the receiver to attain spiritual enlightenment and harmony. On a base level, Thai massage is supposed to activate the capacity of the body to heal itself and to promote better health and well-being. Just like in most eastern healing practices, Thai massage makes use of pressure points, which are called sen in Thailand. Practitioners of Thai massage claim that there are 72,000 sen in the body, of which ten are on the highest priority when it comes to doing the massage. Applying pressure to these sen points unblocks the flow of energy and restores balance to the body. In the terms of conventional western medicine, Thai massage is supposed to increase the circulation of blood within the body and completely eliminate the toxins that cause pain and illness to the body. Thai massage is done with both the giver and the receiver of the massage fully clothed. The massage therapist does not use any tools – only her fingers, hands, knees, legs and feet. She also uses body weight to apply force and pressure to the receiver’s body. The treatment is done with the receiver lying down on her back on a padded massage mat instead of a table.

Thai Herbal Ball (Luk Pra Kob)

Combining the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy into spa practices has a long tradition, especially in traditional Thai medicine. For example, the Luk Pra Kob or Thai Herbal Compress has been used for 4000 years in Thailand and variations of this practice can be found in other traditional forms of medicine throughout Asia. You may be thinking that the Thai Herbal Compress is a kind of massage with essential oils, but that is far from the case. While it does involve the use of herbs and them soaking into the skin along the lines of energy or Sen lines, it is markedly different from getting a Thai massage that uses aroma therapeutic oils. 


The Luk Pra Kob translates to "pressing herbal sphere" and is a mixture of specific herbs in a muslin cloth bag, wrapped in a cotton towel. What herbs are in the Thai Herbal compress depends on the goal of the treatment. For example, at Tuptim Herbal’s we use a combination of plai, ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass for pain relief as well as calming inflammation. After the medicinal herbs have been gathered and wrapped in the bag and towel, it is compressed and steamed to bring out the essential oils of the herbs. Now that the Luk Pra Kob is prepared, the practitioner will apply it to your skin in small circular motions. Where on your body depends on what the goal of the treatment is, as well as if the Thai Herbal Compress is hot or cold. Each way of using the Luk Pra Kob has different benefits. 


As mentioned earlier, the Luk Pra Kob can be used to treat a variety of conditions from headaches to muscle tension and inflammation to skin complexion. It all depends on whether the Thai Herbal Compress is hot or cold and what essential oils are used in aromatherapy. Also, the Luk Pra Kob can be used in Thai Traditional Massage to better help circulation and range of motion throughout the session.