Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

thaiThai massage

Country:  Thailand

Reference 1384

Region Asia and the Pacific

Inscription history

Inscription 2019 (14th session)

List Representative

Thai traditional medical science can be found throughout the Thai community, with certain cures from herbs and other ingredients.

The history of Thai massage is more complex than this legend of a single founder would suggest. Thai massage, like Thai traditional medicine (TTM) more generally, is a combination of influences from Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian cultural spheres and traditions of medicine, and the art as it is practiced today is likely to be the product of a 19th-century synthesis of various healing traditions from all over the kingdom. Even today, there is considerable variation from region to region across Thailand, and no single routine or theoretical framework is universally accepted among healers. The founder of Thai massage and medicine is said to have been Chiwaka Komaraphat (ชวกโกมารภจจ Jīvaka Komarabhācca), who is said in the Pāli Buddhist canon to have been the Buddha’s physician over 2,500 years ago. He is recorded in ancient documents as having extraordinary medical skills, his knowledge of herbal medicine, and having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself


About Us

Soul2Sole Traditional Thai Medical Massage (TTMM) School was founded based on the passion of the founder Jel Chewaporn Rasri for helping others to heal with Traditional Thai Medical Massage. Her passion has guided her to excel in her ability to touch one life at a time to enhance their well-being and heal their physical pain.

Jel Chewaporn Rasri




Jel Chewaporn Rasri-Bio

Thai Massage Instructor

Jel [Chewaporn] Rasri came to Canada in 1997 after practicing Thai Massage in her native Thailand for over 12 years. In 1999 she graduated from the noted WatPo Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School in Bangkok, Thailand, completing the courses Professional Thai Massage for Health and Professional Thai Massage Therapy I.

Since arriving in Canada, she has completed two years (2,200 hours) of further training at the Marchand Institute of Sport and Deep Tissue Massage in Red Deer, Alberta, and a further 3,000 hours at the MaKami College of Massage (Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy) in Edmonton, Alberta.

Edmonton is fortunate to have a native Thai Massage specialist practicing in our city.


Course Syllabus

TTMM Courses – To be provided by Jel, James, Shelly

Enroll in our upcoming courses.

Using Your Feet in Thai Massage –  Aug 2023

Three days, 20 hours, with booklet and certificate – CAD $625 – This course explores the many ways to creatively and effectively use your feet as you work in traditional Thai massage. The class is open to all levels of students but will most benefit those who work in traditional Thai bodywork and in other floor-based modalities.

This 3-day, 20-hour course explores the many ways to creatively and effectively use your feet as you work in traditional Thai massage. The class is open to all levels of students and is especially appropriate for those who work on a floor mat in Thai massage, shiatsu or other modalities. It is also of special interest to yoga practitioners and table massage therapists.

We study and refine several critical techniques for working lateral and posterior leg lines, the hips, and the upper and lower back. We focus on ways to utilize sensing with our feet to detect energy blocks and pockets of tension and ways to ground ourselves while using our feet in a standing position. We also practice using the feet for gentle balancing and suspension poses that encourage tension and stress to leave our partners and clients.

Working with your feet helps create more grounded and balanced client sessions. It also allows the therapist to work more relaxed and reduces stress and muscle tension. When the therapist is relaxed and working from the core, the client responds more positively, and the process of self-healing is encouraged. This extremely popular workshop can easily change your approach on the mat. Join us for a unique and fun workshop. Stop palming so much, and save your wrists. Use your feet more often!

Here is the course coming up on August 29

Enroll Here


  • Thai Healing Alliance International
  • NHPC


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