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Unesco heritage: Traditional Thai massage added to 'cultural heritage' list

The back-cracking traditional Thai massage has been added to a prestigious Unesco heritage list.

Nuad Thai is now part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which features traditions and practices passed across the generations.

By being part of the list, Thai massage has been recognised as something to be preserved for future generations.

Unesco is the United Nations' agency for education, culture, and science.

The intangible cultural heritage list is separate from the world heritage list, which recognises buildings and sites of prominence.

There are 550 items on the cultural heritage list - split into three categories - from 127 countries.

Items are added every year, with this year's committee meeting in Bogota, Colombia.



Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage is regarded as part of the art, science and culture of traditional Thai healthcare. As a non-medicinal remedy and manual therapy, it involves bodily manipulation in which the practitioner helps rebalance the patient’s body, energy and structure to treat illnesses believed to be caused by the obstruction of energy flow along ‘sen’, lines understood to crisscross the human body. This manipulation is intended to normalize the four body elements: earth, water, wind and fire. To open up blocked routes, Nuad Thai therapists perform a combination of manipulations using their hands, elbows, knees and feet, together with herbal hot compresses to reduce inflammation. Presently, Nuad Thai is classified into two main types: Nuad Thai therapy and Nuad Thai for health promotion. Nuad Thai has its roots in self-care in Thai peasant society of the past; every village had massage healers whom villagers would turn to when they had muscle aches from working in the field. Over time, these experiences have evolved into a formal system of knowledge, and Nuad Thai is now an income-generating occupation. In 1985, the Project for the Revitalization of Thai Massage was launched to revitalize and maximize knowledge of Nuad Thai, and an initiative has also been taken to form an alliance of Nuad Thai practitioners who come together annually.


伝統的なタイ式マッサージは、伝統的なタイ式医療の芸術、科学、文化の一部と見なされています。非医学的治療および手動療法として、身体の操作が含まれます。この操作では、施術者は、患者の体、エネルギー、および構造の再調整を支援し、人体。この操作は、地球、水、風、火の4つの身体要素を正規化することを目的としています。遮断されたルートを開くために、Nuad Thaiのセラピストは、手、肘、膝、足を使用した操作と炎症を軽減するためのハーブホットコンプレッションの組み合わせを実行します。現在、Nuad Thaiは2つの主なタイプに分類されています:Nuad Thai療法と健康増進のためのNuad Thai。 Nuad Thaiは、過去のタイ農民社会におけるセルフケアにそのルーツを持っています。すべての村には、野外での作業で筋肉痛が生じたときに村人が頼るマッサージヒーラーがいました。時間が経つにつれて、これらの経験は正式な知識システムに進化し、現在、ヌアッドタイは収入を生み出す職業になっています。 1985年、タイマッサージの活性化プロジェクトが開始され、ヌアッドタイの知識を活性化および最大化するとともに、毎年集まるヌアッドタイの開業医の同盟を形成するためのイニシアチブがとられました。


"Thank you for lets me massage you.I wish you feel better." .,, Tungkaii LMT :)

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