In Thailand, Thai massage is one of the branches of Thai traditional medicine, now recognised and regulated by the government, and is widely considered to be a medical discipline used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. On the other hand, Thai massage is also practised and taught by a number of non-medical massage technicians in the spa and tourism industries.
In North America and Europe, an increasing number of practitioners and teachers of Thai massage have emerged since the 1990s. In Europe and the United States, Thai massage is a growing modality among clients of massage clinics and massage therapists seeking continuing education. The true practice of the art of healing in traditional Thai massage is the compassionate intent of the healer.
The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with Thai massage cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of herself and the client. This compassionate state of being is termed “metta”, which usually translates as “loving kindness”.Reservation