Thai massage dates back to ancient eastern medicine. Many forms of stretching have been done for 1000's of years. In Thailand,it is a part of everyday life. Most don't go to a professional to get Thai massage, they share the gift with family members daily. A gift handed down through generations.
I have a great deal of respect for most Asian modalities. The east have a strong understanding of the whole body connection and treating the cause and not just medicating the symptom.