Traditional Thai knead is an antediluvian form of bodywork that has been practiced since the time of the historical Buddha – more than 2500 years.
Thai woman having her back massaged

It was a personal friend of the Buddha with the name of Jivaka Khumar Bhacca that developed the system of Thai massage in India.

Dr. Jivaka was a famous doctor astatine the time who had an interesting life story. He was an orphant and studied medicative plants for many years.

Later in life he became the private doctor of a powerful king in the region of India.

He also massaged members of the original Buddhist community, the first “Sangha”. In fact, helium has even been mentioned in the Tipitaka writings.

It was through buddhistic monks that the art of Thai knead then found it’s way to Thailand. Specially hera monks practiced and developed this unique form of bodywork for centuries.

They used Thai knead to heal laypeople, and to deepen their meditative practices.

After they spend many hours without movement in deep speculation their bodies were naturally tired and stiff – Thai knead helped them to regain their flexibility fast.

Two kinds of Thai knead emerges throughout the millennia – the rural style and the royal style.
The rural style is the one that has lots of animist elements involved, and magic. Thai shamans practiced it and midwives.

The royal style was a much more scholarly style that was practiced in the palace of the King of Siam. It was also more polite, for example the massage therapist would not utilize his feet to massage a person of royal decree but only the thumbs.

Nowadays it is a sad reality that oftentimes prostitutes and brothels refer to their services as “Thai massage” – but it is important to make the distinction that Thai massage has nothing to do with titillating massage. This is much more a development of recent times and can in large part be accredited to the presence of soldiers during the Vietnam war in Pattaya.

Chutima Therapy Brighton really does pride ourselves on providing a first class service, we want all our customers leaving either speechless from such a wonderful treatment or eagerly asking to book their next session.

Time and time again we are told that our downstairs treatment room is one of the most beautiful, tranquil treatment rooms in Brighton or even the S.E.England but we are also told we are not maximizing turnover by having such a large room with en-suite changing room and washroom.

Our vision is to keep the huge room and not section it off so all our couples truly appreciate their therapy in a spacious room. Profit is not our first goal, yes of course we need to be profitable but not at the expense of reducing our service and size of our treatment areas. Take a look…the therapy room is over 40sqm!!

Within the next few months we will be adding a second therapy room in our retail area for individual customers to have treatments from our list of services or create their own bespoke treatment. This additional therapy area will also be perfect for our customers to try out our cosmetic ranges with ‘mini massages and pampering sessions’.

We will keep you posted on all the exciting developments happening at Chutima Therapy Brighton.

Sawasdee Krup.



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Chutima Therapy, Brighton, is having a very busy week! Not only have we received our new ranges of Thai sandals, aprons and gift items but we have got stock of our range or Mt. Sapola Spa Cosmetics.

With such an extensive range of products we have something for everyone. To give our customers an idea we have items such as:

Body Wash
Body lotions
Massage Oils
Salt Scrubs
Facial Scrubs
Facial Creams
Shaving Creams
After shave moisturizers
Room mists
and many many other items.

With such wonderful scents as:

Lemon grass
Oriental Wood
Black Sesame
White Jasmine

We are one of the only UK stockists of this unique Thai Product. Our soaps are so popular as they are from 100% vegetable based and rich in Vitamin E, all from rice brain which is renowned for its power to moisturize and promote skin softness.

Our therapists are here to give you as much information as needed and we have all the necessary testers for your to find the ideal product and scent for you. So come to our Brighton shop and experience service, pampering and product as it should be……sublime!



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Chutima Therapy, Brighton, has at long last received our new stock.

We are really excited with our new ranges of shoes, flip slops and sandals that ooze Asia and Thailand. These are so unique you will be hard pushed to find anyone else with them so why not come to our Brighton shop and check them out. Prices range from £5-10 so we have something for most budgets and if you wanted to spend more then why not have a few styles for different occasions. These will sell out very fast so make sure you run come quickly so you don’t miss out!

We also have some wonderful aprons that we never thought would be a product for our shop however more and more of our customers love them and we are already down to single figures of this product, our stock only arrived this week! These are great items for the home, so be quick whilst we still have stock. Time is flying and Santa isn’t that far away!



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With so many therapies and techniques available these days we thought we should feature a classic that so many of us forget the therapeutic powers of. Come to our Brighton  store to find out more..

Indian Head massage releases tension in the head, neck, shoulders and arms. It works by relaxing muscle tension in these areas, increasing blood flow and rebalancing the upper three Chakras. If energy flow is blocked in these chakras it can have a negative effect on the whole person – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What can it treat?

Indian head massage is a great stress reliever. Lowering stress levels in itself will have a positive effect on the body and mind. Indian head massage can also be very beneficial at helping:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • neck, shoulder and arm pain
  • increase concentration


Chakra is the Sanskrit word meaning wheel or vortex. It consists of 7 energy centres which regulate the flow of energy around our bodies. This energy cannot be seen physically but is in aspects of our counsciousness and we can learn to connect with it if we choose. How the energy flows reflects the way we respond to our life circumstances and interacts with our physical body through the endocrine and nervous systems.

When you experience tension or stress in your consciousness you feel it in the physical body and thus the chakra associated with the part of your consciousness experiencing the stress. This tension in the chakra is detected by nerves and if he tension continues over a long period of time or is a high level of intensity the person may create a symptom on a physical level.

Today’s Indian head massage combines the traditional Indian and western style to give maximum benefit. It has been found that  rebalancing  the three upper chakras (crown, third eye and throat chakras)  has a positive effect on the whole energy system, thus calming and restoring the body, mind and spirit.

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6          Intuition and wisdom

5          Communication

4          Love and relationships

3           Personal Power

2          Emotional balance

1           Survival and physical needs



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Chutima Therapy, Brighton is always opening our doors for people new to massage. If its daunting and you are not sure whether its for you, read below see if any of these apply to you:

If you still are unsure, come into our Brighton store and one of our Therapists will be happy to advise.

Massage improves blood circulation – With massage, stress is relieved through the manipulation of body’s soft tissues. The massage therapist uses his fingers, fists and feet to apply long, smooth strokes and kneading movements to improve blood circulation in the muscles. It brings in fresh nutrients, releases accumulated toxics and strengthens muscles.

Relieves tension – Expert massage therapist recognizes differences in firmness and tightness at different places of the muscles and adjusts pressure accordingly to loosen the tension spots. Massage relaxes and revives the muscles gone flaccid due to tension. It smoothens and loosens the spots gone stiff due to stress.

Increases oxygen flow – Massage helps in purging the body of toxics accumulated due to long periods of stress and tension. It causes more oxygen to flow in the body, which helps the body to revive and re-build itself.

Boosts Immune system – With massage, stress is seeped away; there is a flow of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the entire system: it strengthens the immune system of the body making it capable of reviving itself.

Clears the mind – Increased tension makes you incapable of thinking clearly. After a soothing and revivifying session of massage, delivered in tranquil surroundings – the soft lights, soothing music, pleasant aromas of massage oils; the massage, delivered at the hands of an expert masseur, clears your mind of exaggerated anxiety and makes you capable of thinking with an unclouded mind. When you are bodily and mentally relaxed, you are capable of taking a more balanced and fresh perspective of your life situation.

After a massage session, you feel rejuvenated and more confident. The massage brings about an emotional release and improved balance in body, mind and emotions.

Commonly, with massage, stress can be controlled effectively. It is not going to dissolve away all those things that are causing you tension and stress in the first place, but it surely is going to help in making you mentally and physically more capable of taking life head-on!

Soothing stress relief

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At Chutima Therapy, Brighton we always try and give  information and links to interesting massage and therapy related sites. In this article we want to share the knowledge of the world renowned Wat Po.

Wat Phra Chetuphon, or “Wat Po”, is well known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as well as being Thailand’s first “open” University. After present Chakri Dynasty in 1782, HM the King had a royal instruction to restore Wat Po to be the first grade of royal monastery. From the great restoration during King Rama I and King Rama III, Wat Po came to be the center of Thai Arts and Knowledge where the wisdom of Thai Traditional Medicine and Massage were gathered from the ancestors and is still passed on today, e.g. instruction of herbal drug recipes, diagnosis and treatment for general ailments, baby illnesses and healing methods, massage inscriptions and drawings, Ascetic statues etc.
Being the base of Thai Medicine, Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School was opened in 1955 inside Wat Po. It is the first Thai Medical School under the approval of Thai Ministry of Education. The school presently offers 4 basic courses of Thai Medicine that are Thai Pharmacy, Thai medical practice, Thai Midwife Nurse and Thai Massage.

Wat Po TTM is acknowledged worldwide and the school’s original Thai Traditional Massage treatment and training course that is sometimes referred to as Wat Po massage. A large number of Thai and foreign students that graduate from the school participate in Thai Massage as well as enter into the spa business all over the world.

For more information please see their site:



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The instinctive act to touch, rub, or knead different parts of the body when there is pain or discomfort can probably be traced back to the beginning of human evolution. Many different kinds of mammals will rub themselves with their paws or lick wounds that hurt them. With our superior intelligence, we learned to memorize, differentiate, and systematize our ways of touching and their effects on the body. Hence, various systems of massage developed.

The earliest historical records of massage appear to be from China over 5,000 years ago during the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti. Recommendations for massage as a means of helping the body to heal itself also appeared in the Indian book of Ayur Veda around 1,800 B.C. There are also numerous references to the benefits and uses of massage in the medical literature of many other cultures around the world. Even in the Bible there are many references to the “Laying-on-of-hands” as a method of curing sickness.

Until recently, not only in the west but in Thailand also, the popularity of massage has been marred by the general population’s puritanical attitude towards the body. Massage is now once more regarded as a legitimate method of health care because of the surge of interest in the many alternative approaches to conventional medicine, particularly in the types of body-oriented therapy.

Over time, the art of massage has been developed into many different schools. There are institutes or teaching centers in many countries around the world. The most popular are, currently, the Swedish style (which, in fact, was developed from Chinese massage by Swede named Per Henrik Ling) and the Japanese massage (Shiatsu or acupressure).

Traditional Thai massage is believed to have come from India along with the expansion of Buddhism and Indian culture into Thailand. Some scholars speculate that possibly there might have been Chinese influences on Thai culture, through trading relationships over a long period, which also played a part in the development of Thai massage. This, of course, spanned many centuries of history and during this time the art has been refined and shaped into its present system.

At present traditional Thai massage is still taught and practiced at many Buddhist temples and massage schools throughout the country. The well known temples in Bangkok area are Wat Mahataat, Wat Parinayok, Wat Sampraya, and Wat Pho.

Massage exemplifies the “Four Divine States of Mind” of Buddhist teaching: loving kindness, compassion, vicarious joy, and equanimity. These are collectively known in Thai as the “Phramwihan See”. They embody the spirit in which Thai medical services were traditionally given, as opposed to the motivating forces of commercialism which are so apparent nowadays in Thailand.



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From 7- 29th May Brighton Festival will be holding its yearly indulgence of the arts.  With 3 weeks of continuous arts there is more than most could want but do look into all the events there really are some exciting things to see and do.   For more information check:

With so much to do and see you’ll need some rest and ‘me’ time. Our Brighton shop is so centrally located you can add a massage, beauty therapy, pampering package to your itinerary without having to go completely off route. If you  can’t spare a full 1.5hrs we will be happy to offer you one of our mini massages or even tailor make your own treatment to concentrate on the areas that need therapy.

Also we will, still,  be running our Spas products promotion ‘3 for 2’ so come and see our wonderful range of cosmetics and Asian gift items.



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The Royale Couples Massage:

This Friday to celebrate the Royal wedding we are introducing the ‘Royale Couples Massage’, so why not come in and treat yourselves as we are adding  new techniques and surprises to our already wonderful couples Thai and Swedish massages. If you have a ideal massage then drop by  our Brighton shop and discuss with our Therapist your dream massage, areas you want concentrated on and likewise your partners ideal therapy and we will fuse it in with our therapy.  Expect to leave feeling like a King and Queen!



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