There are many claimed benefits from Thai massage such as relief from asthma, migraines, bruises, anxiety, relief of physical and emotional tension, improved sleep, improved flexibility, greater awareness of body and mind, and a release of blocked energy.
Shivago Komarpaj is said to have been the founder of Thai massage and medicine, he is believed to have been Buddha's personal physician dating back over 2,500 years ago. The history of Thai massage is more complex than this legend of a single founder. Thai massage, like Thai traditional medicine (TTM) is more a combination of influences from 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.