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BANGKOK — The government said Tuesday it has petitioned the United Nations to recognise Thai massage as part of its intangible heritage.

Speaking to reporters today, Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanara said UNESCO will convene to make its decision in November. If accepted, Thai massage – or nuad thai – will be Thailand’s second entry in UNESCO’s intangible world heritage list. Last year, the agency granted a similar status to Thai traditional masked dance.

“We have already submitted it,” Veera said. “Right now it is under consideration.”

He said he has high hopes that UNESCO will recognize Thai massage as an important part of Thai culture.

“We have submitted very detailed information,” Veera told reporters. “And we have high expectations, because Thai massage is considered part of Thailand’s unique intangible heritage.”

In its submission, the Thai government said there are about 25,000 practitioners of the craft nationwide. It also said Thai massage is a manifestation of folk knowledge of the body’s workings that has been passed down for centuries.

“Nuad Thai is considered part of the art, science and culture of Thai traditional healthcare,” the government said in its application.

About 50 entries around the world are vying this year for recognition in UNESCO’s prestigious list of intangible heritage – a distinction given to oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festivals and more.

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What do supernaturalistic medical traditions have to offer?

Interview by Bruce Bentley, Health Traditions

on “Chinese Medicine: History and Philosophy” published in the Journal “Radiation from Space”

They move towards explaining ’why’ illness occurs. Naturalistic traditions based on natural phenomena such as weather conditions, viruses or diet account for ‘how’ someone gets sick.
The supernatural traditions are fascinating for many reasons, not least they aim to cure by reintegrating the patient back into the community by social means. Forms of supernaturalistic healing involve the work of a medium or spirit healer. A medium is a person who can communicate with the Spirit world. In Thailand, for example, a spirit talking through a medium may explain; so and so is unwell because they didn’t dust down their grandfather’s grave, or he/she has behaved in an offensive way by pissing on a tree where a spirit lives.
These are both transgressions from the social norm, set the person apart from the interests of the group and illness or misfortune ensues.
In response, when a person performs let’s say, the dusting down of the grave, he/she is no longer at odds with his/her social world. To restore health and harmony after urinating where you should not, in Thailand, garlands of flowers or colourful sashes are wrapped around the tree trunk and other gifts are left at the base while the appropriate prayers and apologies are recited.
I’ve heard of many cases where gravely ill people who have performed such rites recover immediately. They get better by restoring their place in the community.
Illness is treated in social terms. Curing is therefore a beautiful cosmology that stitches up frays in the social web and its weave with nature and the universe. It is a huge deep subject and there is much to consider. 

Courageous Touch: Yoga And Thai Massage For Chronic Sufferers

The following is a guest post written by Jillian McKee.

As more people embrace holistic therapies for improving health and fighting disease, yoga and massage are becoming more common among cancer patients and other chronic sufferers.

Yoga and massage therapies combine ancient philosophies with modern techniques to ease symptoms and optimize treatment effectiveness.

While most health practitioners do not endorse these therapies as a cure for cancer or a treatment for disease, they do support them as effective complementary therapies.

Many cancer treatment centers now offer yoga classes and massage sessions for cancer patients. And persons with other chronic diseases are utilizing their benefits as well.

Yoga and massage offer a courageous touch for the people who need it most. It has proven helpful for even those with the most aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma.

Hatha Yoga

Used in cancer therapy and other disease treatments, yoga can be a useful practice. A non-aerobic exercise that focuses on breathing techniques, meditation, and precise posture, yoga has been shown to relieve cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.

While no scientific evidence supports yoga as cancer cure or disease treatment, many medical professionals now recommend the practice in conjunction with conventional treatments.

Not only does yoga help patients cope with their symptoms and side effects, but also it greatly enhances their quality of life.

Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that combines physical movements, nutritional guidelines, ethical standards, and meditation to promote whole healing.

The very word “yoga” means “union,” and the practice unites mind, body, and spirit. While yoga has many different forms, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says that hatha yoga is the form most used in cancer therapies.

It is a low-impact therapy that involves gentle movements that most patients can easily handle. Very effective for relieving physical symptoms and side effects (weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and loss of appetite), yoga can also ease the emotional and mental stress of disease (anxiety, stress, depression, and hopelessness).

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is a form of massage therapy that dates back through many centuries. The benefits for cancer patients and other chronic sufferers are similar to those of yoga.

Unlike yoga, however, Thai Massage requires no exertion on the patient’s part. Asians have used massage for thousands of years as a means to treat illness and boost the immune system.

Introduced to the United States in the late 20th century, Thai Massage relieves muscle aches, joint pain, emotional stress, mental depression, and it activates internal energy flow.

Cancer patients and others might want to see if their health care providers are open minded and willing to discuss holistic treatments like yoga and Thai massage as part of a treatment plan.

No therapy can guarantee success, holistic or conventional. However a major advantage of holistic therapies is that they generally carry no risks or minimal risks for patients.

Performed by qualified and experienced therapists, Thai Massage may have tremendous benefits for people undergoing medical treatments for cancer and other illnesses. Like hatha yoga, Thai Massage strengthens the body and mind, promotes overall well-being, and provides a better quality of life.

Yet another testament to the effectiveness of Traditional Thai Massage!!

Can therapeutic Thai massage improve upper limb muscle strength in Parkinson’s disease? An objective randomized-controlled trial.

Women In Health Award 2017

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Traditional Thai Massage-Annette Caesar

October 11, 2017

Traditional Thai Massage-Annette Caesar

Thai Therapy Specialist of the Year 2017 – Alberta

“Too much thinking” and the effects it can have on your body

FB post by: Robert Henderson Massage

Almost anyone who has studied with Pichest has heard him exclaim “Too Much Thinking!” at one stage or another.
He might laugh when he says it, but it is not meant as a joke. It is meant as a warning.
Thinking is a function of the third chakra and you use a particular third chakra energy in the process of thinking, or in the process of using your rational mind.
This energy is called air energy (unlike second chakra energy which is water energy, or fourth chakra energy which is fire energy).
Air, by nature, dries things out and when there is too much of it in your body, it dries your body out too much.
This results in a hard, tight, inflexible body.

In particular, too much thinking affects the solar plexus, mid-back, outsides of the rib-cage, upper digestive tract, stomach, gallbladder, the shoulders (trapezius), sides of the neck, the lower jaw, the psoas, the glutes (or the ‘boomerang’ as Asokananda used to call it) and the fronts and outsides of the thighs.
That represents a substantial part of your body.


Thai Yoga Massage is known to be very beneficial in reversing hardness in the body and bring calmness to the mind. It balances the energies, promotes flexibility, and aids the receiver to return to a state of well-being!

A 1990s documentary about the roots of Traditional Thai Massage

Understanding Nuad Boran (Traditional Thai Massage)

By: Bob Haddad

In: Thai Massage & Thai Healing Arts – Practice, Culture and Spirituality (page 9)

So, what is Thai Massage? Well, for one thing, it’s not “massage” as we know it in the West. In fact, it is unfortunate that the term “Thai massage” has become so popular because that second word, massage, is misleading and inaccurate. Massage tables and oil aren’t used, there is no rubbing on the skin or kneading of the muscles and the receiver remains clothed. The goal is not to work muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, organs and soft tissue, though these anatomical elements are positively affected by the work. Neither is its purpose to simply stretch and apply passive yoga to another person on a floor mat. At its essence, nuad boran is a balanced blend of physical, energetic, and spiritual healing techniques and concepts. It is the skilful combination of applying both broad and targeted acupressure, finding and dissolving blockages, stimulating energy lines (sen), opening and toning the body with yoga-like stretches, and last but not least, allowing and enouraging the receiver to engage in a process of self healing, deep relaxation, and renewal.