There is a spiritual component to giving and receiving a Thai Yoga Massage. As part of Thai massage training and then becoming a licensed massage therapist this component stays with the individual. This is most evident in the chant that is said by the therapist at the beginning and end of a session and also at the beginning and end of Thai massage training.
This chant known as the Om Namo chant, is not necessarily said out loud by the therapist, but may be said silently. The purpose is to invoke the spirit of the founding doctor Jivaka or Shivago (a form of Shiva). The chant is said in Pali and Sanskrit. The words are said three times with eyes closed and bowing back and forth. The translation is below the video.
“We invite the spirit of our founder, the father doctor Shivago, who comes to us through his saintly life. Please bring to us the knowledge of all nature, which this prayer will show as the true medicine of the universe. In the name of this mantra, we respect your help and pray that through our bodies, you will bring wholeness and health to the body of our client. The Goddess of Healing dwells in the heavens high, while humankind dwells in the world below. In the name of the founder may the heavens be reflected in the world below so this healing medicine may encircle the world. We pray for the ones we touch, that they will be happy and illness will be released from them.”