Nuad Boran has been evolving for around 2,500 years. Over the centuries, its techniques have been refined and practiced mainly in Buddhist monasteries. Transmission has been mainly oral, and it was not until the 17th century that the first written documents were found, recorded on palm tree leaves in the Pali language. Unfortunately, most of them disappeared following the Burmese occupation of 1767. For this reason, in 1832, the monarch Rama III ordered that the remaining texts be engraved in stone blocks which were then embedded in the walls of Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm temple – commonly known as Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple. The blocks are still there to this day, representing 30 body images together with energy lines and points used for healing during Thai massage.
Like most Asian methods, Nuad works not only with the physical body but with major meridians, also called energy lines, which run the length of the human body. It aims to harmonize the body, to loosen blocks, and to recoup deficiencies along the energy lines. In contrast to traditional Chinese medicine, which uses acupuncture to manipulate pressure points, Nuad uses acupressure. It is similar to a combination of acupressure and Shiatsu, together with stretches and yoga Asanas. Nuad will strengthen the body physically and harmonize energy so that a new life experience can arise. It combines techniques usually found isolated in Western physiotherapies such as Trigger Point Therapy, Myofacial Release Techniques and Neuro Muscular Therapy. This makes it possible to harmonize energy throughout the body and remove any obstacles. Deep tensions thus dissolve and relaxation takes over, becoming the basis for achieving its therapeutic effects.
In Thailand, Nuad Boran is one of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), now recognized and regulated by the government, and is widely considered to be a medical discipline used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments.