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)

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Thai traditional medical science can be found throughout all of 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, 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 that 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 for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself

About Us

Soul2Sole Traditional Thai Medical Massage (TTMM) School founded base on the passion of the founder Jel Chewaporn Rasri in 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 to 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


  • Thai healing Alliance International
  • NHPC


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