Thai foot massage is a massage that includes hands legs and feet and originated about 2000 years ago in Thailand. It is part of traditional Thai massage and has elements of Shiatsu, Chinese massage and Yoga incorporated into the therapy. It is still taught by Buddhist monks in the temples of Thailand. It is known as Thai refexology and it effects all the organs of the body.
When Buddhism began to spread to other parts of Asia, medical institutions and practices of the monastery went along as integral parts of the religious system. When Buddhism reached Thailand in the second or third century B.C., temples were built with adjacent dispensaries and medical schools. Massage and other healing arts were taught and applied in the monasteries and also within the family. In families it is mainly an oral tradition (as most members could not read) and also handed down from teacher to student.
It is easily understandable that compassionate monks and nuns would integrate any beneficial medical system to the one brought from India. It is also easy to understand that influence from China and other surrounding countries may have played a significant role in enriching the existing medical system. When one is unwell no helpful method should be disregarded. If it truly helps then it has to be considered a good thing. As to when and where ancient massage originated precisely as a long time has passed and many of the evidence has disappeared.
Last Modified on: 05-11-2015