Dr. Jivaka was a famous doctor at the time had an interesting life story. He was an orphant and studied medicinal plants for many years.
Later in life he became the private physician of a powerful King in the region in India.
He massaged also members of the original Buddhist society, the first "Sangha". In fact, he has even been mentioned in the Tipitaka Scriptures.
It was through Buddhist monks, as the art of Thai massage then found its way to Thailand. Especially here monks practiced and developed this unique form of bodywork for centuries.
They used Thai massage to cure the laity and deepen their meditative practice.
After they spend many hours without movement in deep meditation their bodies was obviously tired and stiff-helped thai massage them to regain their flexibility quickly.
Two kinds of thai massage occur through millennia-the rural style and the Royal style.
The rustic style is the one that has plenty of animistic elements involved, and magic. Thai shamans practiced it and midwives.
The Royal style was a much more academic style that was practised in the Palace of the King of Siam. It was also more polite, for example massage therapist will not use his feet to massage a person of Royal Decree, but only thumbs.
Today, it is a sad reality that oftentimes prostitutes and brothels refer to their services as "Thai massage"-but it is important to distinguish that Thai massage has nothing to do with erotic massage. This is much more a development in recent times and can largely be accredited to the presence of soldiers during the Viet Nam war in Pattaya.