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Thai Massage School

Photographer: Rungroj Yongrit


The traditional Thai massage is the country's signature therapeutic treatment and this ancient technique is believed to date back to the 12th century from which time it was continually improved as a healing method.


The Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School opened in 1955 inside Wat Po, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, a Buddhist temple in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district. It was Thailand’s first government-approved medical school. The temple with the official name ‘Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahawiharn’ is considered to have been the country’s first public university.


Nowadays, the school offers 15 massage courses in four categories: Basic, Advance, Special Short and Professional. The five days basic General Thai Massage introduction course costs 9,500 baht (290 US dollars or 255 euros) and a Foot Massage course costs 7,500 baht (230 US dollars or 200 euros), with classes running six hours a day.


Students are trained by massage instructors in the basics of Thai massage as well as practical massage skills for relaxation and techniques to help alleviate muscular fatigue, ligament pain, tension and headache. Each year, a large number of Thai and foreign students graduate from the school.


The ancient Thai therapeutic and relaxing massage style focuses on circulation, pressure points as well as muscular flexibility. During the treatment, pressure is applied onto the muscular and nervous system help to stimulate blood circulation and the lymphatic system as an internal health healing method to revive the entire body.