Traditional NUAT BO-RAN Thai Massage is one of the oldest natural therapies known. Its techniques were developed over centuries. The influences of ancient Chinese and Indian civilisations are on Thailand as well as all of South East Asia is clear. However, it is difficult to ascertain in what proportions these cultures alongside local Thai practices influenced local medical knowledge and techniques.
Traditional Thai Massage is the fusion of Shiatsu, Ayurveda, Acupressure and ancient Thai medical knowledge.
The founder of Thai massage and medicine is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj (or Jivak Komar Bhaccha) who lived in India at the turn of 5th and 6th centuries. He arrived in Thailand on the wave of expansion of Buddhism. He taught and developed the art of massage, which in the following centuries was officially recognised and acknowledged as the base of Thai massage.