What is a Folk Thai massage?

Common Thai massage (Nuad Chaleisak) is the most common style of Thai Traditional Massage in Thailand, originating and applied within family households and in the public arena.
Women doing traditional Thai massage


A Folk Thai massage, or Nuad Chaleisak, is a less strict style than the Royal Thai massage style. Instead of relying mostly on thumbs, a Thai Massage therapist may use thumbs, palms, arms, knees, feet, elbows. In fact, any part of the body that can be useful giving pressure or acupressure. It’s a rather intimate way of doing massage and the practitioner often works very close to the body of the receiver and Yoga-like stretches and lifts are an integral part of the treatment. The Folk style is mostly associated with Northern Style Thai Massage.
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