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History
Historically speaking the knowledge of traditional Thai massage (Nuat Boran) reached South East Asia some 2500 years ago. It is said to have been introduced more than 2500 years ago by a doctor from Northern India by name of Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a contemporary of Buddha and personal doctor of the Magadha King Bimbisara. Kumar Bhacca is known to have been a friend of Buddha and a doctor for the Buddhist monks. He is mentioned in the Pali Canon, the old texts of Buddhism of the Southern school of Theravada (found today mainly in Sri Lanka, Burma/Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand).

In the 17th century mention was made of medical texts written in the Pali language and Khmer script on palm tree leaves. These old texts seem to have been of great importance and were workshipped almost in the same was as the Buddhist writings. However, when the ancient Royal Capital of Ayutthaya was destroyed in 1767 by Burmese conquerers, the old texts were largely lost. Only fragments survived which King Rama III in 1832 used as a basis for the famous epigraphs of the Phra Chetuphon Temple (Wat Po) in Bangkok. The most famous massage school, where our personnel was trained (The Wat Po Traditional Medical School), is also part of this temple.

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