Learning Traditional Thai Massage in Thailand

Thai Massage Mat and Set-up

Thai Massage Mat and Set-up

Hey readers! I just wanted to share with you about my recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to study massage.

What is Thai Massage?

Thai Massage is an ancient healing art which draws influences from India. The founder of Thai massage – Dr. Shivago Komarpaj – is said to have been the Buddha’s physician about 2,500 years ago.

Thai Massage works with Prana, or life force/energy. In yoga philosophy, Prana is life force absorbed when we breathe air, or in the food we eat. There are a network of (Prana) energy lines that run through our body. 

When there is a blockage in these energy lines, an insufficient supply of Prana causes imbalance, leading to sickness. Working on the energy lines release blockages, stimulates the flow of Prana, and brings about general wellbeing. This is done through a sequence of pressure points, movement and stretching. 

Benefits of Thai Massage

Thai Massage is very effective in releasing stress and tension, general fatigue, headache and even anxiety. It provides total wellness for the whole body and helps to free the mind of negative thoughts and tension.

Thai massage is practiced on a mattress on the floor, fully clothed. The sessions can last up to two hours.

My experience learning Thai Massage


It was a big step out of my comfort zone to travel to a different country alone to learn something new! But I stepped into it whole-heartedly and it was a beautiful experience.

When I arrived at the school, I found out that I was lucky enough to have my teacher, Dao, all to myself for the course! Every morning, I got on a red taxi van and was transported 20 minutes to the school, where I changed into my Thai ‘pyjamas’ and had some herbal tea. When the gong struck at 9am, signalling the start of classes. The morning started with prayer, meditation and self-care yoga exercises.

Being the only student in the class, Teacher Dao and I exchanged massages throughout the whole week. Observe, practice. Observe, practice. Observe, practice. Observe, practice. This was how Thai massage was traditionally taught. It was so easy to get into a meditative state of mind, which is what Thai Massage therapists are encouraged to do to promote more harmony and intuitive healing.

I also learnt about the core principles of Thai Massage, which is using a dynamic sequence of pressure points, flowing movements and stretches to bring the body and mind into balance.

Throughout the week, I fell more in love with Thai massage as I was able to fully experience the soothing and healing effect it had on my mind and body. As I reached the end of the week, I felt balanced, calm and in a zen-like state of mind.

Also, being in Chiang Mai was just good for the soul. It is one of those places where you wish you could stay forever – beautiful food, people, vibes.. and Thai massages every day! 

What next?

The learning journey will continue! I plan to head back to Thailand next year to deepen my knowledge of this beautiful form of therapy.

In the meantime, I feel called to bring this beautiful, ancient art back to Christchurch. We can easily get caught up in our busy daily lives, and everyone can benefit from this beautiful practice that reminds us to just breathe, go with the flow and be in the present moment.

Introductory Offer

I would love you to have a taste of Traditional Thai Massage, and so for the month of September, I am offering you 90 minutes of Traditional Thai Massage for just $99 (Normal price $130). This can be used in October, but must be booked in by 30 September. If you would like to take up this offer, please click the booking link below:

Sharin Shaik