Thai massage is an ancient healing therapy developed in Thailand for over 2,500 years ago. It uses principles that harmonize and balance the flow of energy throughout the body. A branch of Thai medicine, Thai massage is slow and rhythmic.

Shivago Komarbhaccha, an Ayurvedic doctor and celebrated Yogi has been attributed as the founding father of Thai massage. Shivago shared his teachings with the Bhuddist order of monks which came to be known as traditional Thai medical massage. It is influenced by both Indian Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine.

Traditional Thai massage, called Nuat Phaen Boran in Thailand means ‘healing with the hands’. This therapeutic style of massage is performed on a large mat or massage table wearing loose comfortable clothing. No oils or lotions are used.

The practice of Thai massage works on the Sen, or energy lines to keep the body in healthy balance. It consists of a series of interactive flowing movements that blends rhythmic pressing and/or stretching, meditative gentle rocking, reflexology, yoga postures and breath work along these lines to help the body maintain a sense of well being.


Thai massage techniques embrace the four states of mind: loving kindness, compassion, joy and balance. Also known as ‘passive yoga’, Thai Massage is an ancient healing therapy with profound benefits, including:

  • Increased joint mobility
  • Enhance recovery and performance
  • Greater mind and body awareness
  • Improved breathing patterns
  • Increased mental clarity and energy flow
  • Stress relief and relaxation


During a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, the client lies passively on a treatment table or chair, usually unclothed, while the massage therapist applies varying levels of pressure to the muscles and joints of the body.

Thai massage is performed on a large mat or massage table wearing loose comfortable clothing that allows for movement. No oils or lotions are used. The practitioner moves in tandem with the client to apply passive or dynamic yoga stretching. It consists of a series of interactive flowing movements that blends rhythmic pressing and/or stretching, meditative gentle rocking, yoga postures, breath work and meditation.


Thai Massage is seen as a practical application of the Buddhist principle of ‘Metta’; love and compassion. This natural therapy can offer everyone a stimulating and relaxing experience.

Martha Garrick
Martha GarrickExercise Physiologist & Thai Massage Practitioner
Martha is passionate about helping her clients achieve their health and rehabilitation goals. She believes that by becoming more efficient in our day to day movements, we can significantly improve our quality of life. To achieve this, she helps people to increase overall strength and coordination and to incorporate regular exercise into their lifestyle.
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