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The History of Thai Yoga Massage 


Shivago Komarpaj

Shivago Komarpaj

Thai Massage and Thai Medicine are said to have been founded but the legendary Shivago Komarpaj, a physician from over 2500 years ago. He was from northern India and said to be a friend and personal physician of the Buddha. He also worked with the Magadha King Bimbasara and the Buddhist nuns and monks called the Sangha. Though there are a combination of influences for Thai medicine from Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian culture credit is giving mostly to Mr. Komarpaj.

Thai Massage is one of the four branches of Traditional Thai medicine. It is a healing technique that was practiced before doctors. The massage involves deep massage and stretching and it happens on the floor on a firm mattress or a mat. It is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It also treats energy blockages, weak, dysfunctional organs, aches and pains, stress and tension, flexibility, paralysis, nerve problems and postural alignments.

Thai massages a world known technique. It reached the United States in the late 1980s.

Thai Wellness Studio

We are the premier destination in New York City for Thai Yoga bodywork and traditional Thai wellness treatments. We provide five-star treatments for skin care with high-quality products and a team of dedicated, licensed professionals on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Lek Stark is the founder of LekSpa Thai Wellness. Originally trained at the Four Seasons Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand, she is a certified Thai massage instructor and licensed esthetician.  She knows a thing or two about luxury and relaxation and brings her extensive knowledge—and the tropical Southeast Asian vibe—to her Upper East Side private practice studio.

Lek offers an array of skin treatments—from relaxing custom facials to skin tightening treatments tailored to clients’ individual needs and beyond.  No matter what treatment you choose, you’ll see an immediate result and berelaxed as if you’d just stepped off the beach in Koh Samui. And when you step back on to the ever-bustling Manhattan streets, the effect will stay with you.

About Thai Yoga Bodywork

Thai Yoga bodywork —traditionally known as "nuat phaen boran" and literally means the ancient-manner of massage—involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork can be performed on the floor or a table. The client wears comfortable clothes that allow for free movement and comfort and no oils or creams are used.

Healing Practices

Healing Practices

Benefits & Techniques

Generally speaking, practitioners of modern Thai massage operate on the theory that the body is permeated with "lom," or "air," which is inhaled into the lungs and which subsequently travels throughout the body along 72,000 pathways called "sen," or "vessels."

Typically, massage therapists manipulate a handful of major sen lines by pressing certain points along the lines. In most models, the sen originate at the navel and spread throughout the body to terminate at the orifices. A significant part of the practice of Thai massage also includes yoga-like stretches which are intended to stimulate the sen and move lom through the body via a pumping action which is connected with the patient's breathing. The theory of sen and lom is often translated into English as "meridians" and "energy." While there are some superficial similarities to Chinese meridian theory, the Thai system is markedly different as the sen are unconnected from the internal organs.