Before we begin to learn massage we first learn the 12 exercises to help relax the body and prepare it for the rigours of performing the massage. Thai massage can take up to three hours to do correctly so it is important the masseuse is capable of carrying out the massage correctly in the right way. These exercises help achieve that by building strength and flexibility, but they don’t stop there as they also teach self massage of the Sen (meridians). These exercises can also be used to help others instead of massage as they are a daily method of maintaining health. In future blogs I will write about the exercises and how to do them as I was taught by my teacher Ajarn Wallilot as with everything there are slight differences and variations but the health benefits are the same.