The 2,000-Year-Old Nuad Thai Massage Gets UNESCO’s Heritage Tag

The 2,000-Year-Old Nuad Thai Massage Gets UNESCO’s Heritage Tag
The Thai massage has Indian roots! , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The intensive massage involves applying pressure sans the use of oils or any lotion

OT Staff
December 29 , 2019
01 Min Read

Thinking of getting a massage to unwind before the decade comes to an end? Well then, why not go for one that has recently gotten the Unesco Heritage tag?

The famous 2,000-year old Nuad Thai massage has very recently been added to the Unesco’s list of “intangible cultural heritage” practices. The Unesco Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage announced the decision for the same.

The massage, which is said to have originated in India, has been a part of Thailand’s history for more than 2,000 years. The intensive massage gained recognition after The Reclining Buddha School started. The massage is different from the conventional ones as it does not involve any essential oils, rather includes applying a lot of pressure. The therapists use their elbows and hands to apply the pressure relieving the acupressure points. The massage also involves stretching, thereby de-stressing the body.

Unesco’s website states the massage as a traditional Thai massage which is a part of the art and science of Thai healthcare.
‘Nuad Thai has its roots in self-care in ancient Thai peasant society. The expertise of practitioners has been passed down for generations evolving into a formal system of knowledge,’ it adds.



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