Thai Massage has become accepted and popularised by customers throughout the world, thanks to its unique mix of ancient and modern; of therapy and relaxation. The main components of a treatment are acupressure and assisted stretches similar to yoga.
Thai massage is part of the ancient Thai Medicine system, based on concepts derived from Indian Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic doctor Jivaka Kumar Bhacca is still revered today as the “father of medicine”. Born in India during the time of the Buddha, he is noted in ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, his knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself.
At the same time, Thai massage is uniquely Thai, with strong influences from the "Ruesis", Thai hermits of more recent times, and taught by the monks and nuns in the Buddhist temples. The knowledge and practice of Thai Massage has been passed down through the generations as Thai local wisdom. In Thailand today, Thai massage doctors or 'Moh Nuad' go through extensive training at universities or with local masters.
In the ancient Eastern knowledge, an important matter is lineage, which refers to the chain of transfer of skills from master to disciple over the years. Sadly, many ancient texts and teachings were lost during three centuries of wars between Thailand and Myanmar. Pockets of the ancient knowledge were preserved by masters who took it to Nepal and northern India.
Lan is proud to be one of the few modern therapists who have the unbroken link to the ancient knowledge. Although to the uninitiated onlooker the forms seem the same, there are in fact many crucial differences that will be felt by the receiver of the Ancient lineage.
Traditionally, the Ancient form starts with meditation performed by both the giver and the receiver, then the giver will then recite a special mantra. As a concession to the modern world, Lan keeps the mantras and meditations outside of the appointment times.