Mass massage at Thai expo – new Guinness Record

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Thailand set a new Guinness World Record for mass massage at a health expo on Thursday.

Department of Health Service Support director general Somchai Pinyopornpanich said the world’s largest mass massage, organised by the Ministry of Public Health, drew 641 pairs of participants. The masseuses performed 19 postures on the recipients for 12 minutes straight.

The previous record was set on March 30, 2012 in Australia where 263 people were massaged simultaneously for five minutes.

Mr Somchai said all the 641 masseuses had been certified by the health ministry and the session was observed by Guinness World Record officials.

“The massage session today will spread word of Thai massage across the world,” he said.

The record event took place on the first day of Thailand Medical Hub Expo 2012 at Impact Muang Thong Thani, which continues until  Sept 2.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened the expo and announced the government had embarked on a five-year strategy to establish Thailand as a world medical hub.

“This strategy will boost tourism, create jobs and strengthen the country’s economy,” Ms Yingluck said. “We’ll have to start with developing our human resources in specific sectors and utilising local resources from Thai traditional medicine.”

She said Thailand has the most internationally certified hospitals in Asia and has 33 “world-class” spas.

She said 2.5 million foreigners had sought medical treatment in Thailand this year and they generated more than 121 billion baht in revenue. This was projected to increase to at least 800 billion baht over the next five years, she added. – BangkokPost