Thai massage is a branch of physical therapy that utilizes accupressure, Indian ayurveda, and yoga to restore health to a person's body.
Typically, it can be viewed as a form of passive yoga, where a persons body is massaged, stretched, and re-arranged according to prescribed and systematized postures.
There are no oils or ointments used in Thai massage; and originally, the massage was intended to start with a meditation session by both the giver and receiver. Its origins have been suggested to be in current-day Nepal, and the Himalayas, with wars and feuds between Burma and Thailand fueling the cultural exchange.
Today it is considered a major branch of Thai medicine, recognized by the king and the Thai government.
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