Traditional thai Massage in Cusco

Thai massage uses pulling and stretching techniques to help relieve tension and muscle soreness. Thai massage takes cues from traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine from India. Thai massage may seem similar to yoga or the techniques used by chiropractors to help increase the range of motion of the joints in the body.

It is believed that Thai massage originated in Northern India more than 2,500 years ago from a man named Jivaka Komarabhacca, which is sometimes listed as Jivaka Komara Bhacca or Shivago Kompara. Jivaka Komarabhacca was a well-respected physician mentioned in Buddhist texts after becoming Buddha’s friend and personal doctor. He is considered to be the father or creator of traditional Buddhist medicine as well as traditional Thai medicine. It is believed to be mentioned in Buddhist texts after becoming Buddha’s friend and in personal writings that mentioned Jivaka Komarabhacca and his massage and wellness techniques. He is often thanked and honored with a short prayer before Thai massages begin.


Thai massage does not involve the use of any oils. Therefore, it is known as a dry massage. Instead, the individual receiving the Thai massage remains fully clothed.


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