Nuad Thai, the thousand-year-old art of Thai massage, was inscribed a few weeks ago on UNESCO’s representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
About 2500 years ago, Buddhist doctors and monks had brought these methods, passing on its secrets from master to disciple in the temples of Thailand and later within their families.
Pressures with thumbs, elbows, knees and feet, stretching and contortions: the apprentice masseurs learn a choreography of several steps perfectly orchestrated on the energy lines of the body.
In addition to its relaxing benefits, numerous studies have indeed highlighted its therapeutic properties to relieve back pain, circulation problems, headaches, insomnia or anxiety.
From the high-end spas in Bangkok, to the beaches of Phuket, to the modest lounges along the street, Thai massage is omnipresent in the kingdom, and if you don’t know what to do in Thailand, you should know that one hour of the discipline generally costs less than 10 euros !