A look into two famous Thai Massage of all time 

Southern and Northern Thai Massage Style

The world moves at a fast pace, so does technologies and treatments of relaxation and spas and salons, but amongst all the glitz and glamour, the old school massages still haven’t lost their charm and often steal the show for its simplicity and effectiveness. And with thousands and thousands of massage styles that fill the pamphlets, Thai massage still remain a global favorite and highlight of the Thai culture.

The indulges therapy that Thai massage offer is beyond amazing but choosing which one to go for can be challenging for a few because Thai massage offers two unique massage style. The northern style (Royal Thai massage) and Southern-style (Folk Thai Massage) are distinctive in their origin and techniques but hold similar values and other core elements.

So the next time you go for a massage, we highly recommend choosing amongst these two Thai massages and making your selection process easy; we have jotted down the treatment, their origin and their benefits—so happy self-pampering.

The Northern Style Thai Massage

This Thai massage style has two focal disciplines; stretching and physical manipulation for releasing tension and easing stressed muscles.

Locally known as Nuad-Bo-Rarn, this massage style has a strong Asian Indian influence as it takes its inspiration from yoga and Ayurveda techniques. The style is laid back, gentle and takes time to unlock the tensed area and relieve tension slowly. This massage style pays homages to the local northern Thai culture and opts for techniques such as using only thumbs or the heels of the thumbs to massage. They also have elements from the ancient massage that was exclusive to the royal Thai family hence occasionally referred to as royal style Thai massage.


Northern Style Thai Massage


The Southern Style Thai Massage

This Thai massage originated from Wat Pho in Bangkok and has a significant influence on Chinese culture. The primary technique used in this type of massage is a firm use of acupressure to open vigorous energy line pathways.

This folk style Thai massage is more stimulating and reflects the southern Thai culture, mainly Bangkok; this massage releases stress, soothes the body and help it heal through a spiritual inclination and positive energy.


Southern Style Thai Massage


The similarities between the two Thai massage style

The distinguish between the two Thai styles is evident by now, but both types have a strong resemblance in their intent and approach despite their difference.

Despite their different origins and influences, booth styles recognize Shivago Komarpaj as an influential figure in refining the styles and commonolizing their practice. Both the syles use various combination of techniques to treat hardened tensed muscles through physical manipulation such as stretches and pressures that is why they are often suggested for those with labour intensive occupation or have been doing intense activities. Hence the masseuse requires a great level of skill to facilitate seamless and effective massage therapy.

Both these Thai massages are quite ancient, and unlike their predecessors and other global massage styles, they often use floor or mats to carry out the massage - a typical traditional Thai setting. And the factor that differentiates both the styles from other massages but makes them similar to one another would by far be the focus of showing courtesy and respect to both receiver and practitioner. Because for Thai people and in the Thai culture, massages are not merely a therapy; it’s a connection of trust, togetherness and respect for each other.
All in all, despite being different variants of Thai massage, they are equally respected and cherished. In fact are often combined for a holistic approach by many Thai masseuses and are tailored specifically for the client to serve them the best possible way.
So whether you go for either one of the Thai style massages or go for a combined one, all you need to know is you are in for a treat, so relax, enjoy and see the stress fading away.