Nuad Thai Included In UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List!

As per sources, the traditional Thai massage technique, Nuad Thai, has been recently included in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Unlike other massage forms, the Nuad Thai massage uses no oil, and the therapists perform a lot of movement by using their hands, knees, elbows and forearms to apply pressure on selected body parts.

Origin of Nuad Thai Massage Technique

It is believed that the Nuad Thai massage technique originated in India many centuries ago. It was practised in Thailand for many centuries. Around 1906, a school dedicated to teaching massage techniques to therapists brought the Nuad Thai massage technique into the limelight.

As per UNESCO, the Nuad Thai massage practice has its roots in self–care, as during the ancient times, Thai peasants sought help from massage healers in almost every village for treating muscle pain which occurred due to working in the fields.

What is UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List?

UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity recognises items that are required to be preserved for future generations. Preservation of such items entails a lot of efforts in safeguarding them. Presently, there are nearly 550 items included in UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List from over 127 countries.

Referring to this development, a Thai delegate at the 'United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization Meeting' in Bogota, Colombia said that inclusion of Nuad Thai in UNESCO’s list is historical and this would help promote this practice not just locally, but also internationally.

With such a historic and exciting announcement, are you planning to travel to Thailand? Make sure to have a Nuad Thai massage session and do share your experiences in the comments below!

This post was published by Ashutosh Chandra

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