Thailand is country known for a few strange things, general debauchery, and a plethora of intrigue. For years, they have been known as the “massage capital of the world”. Now, they are taking that claim to the next level, having the Guinness World Book of Records prove it.
An astonishing 641 message therapists mass massaged 641 people simultaneously for 12 minutes to win the prestigious honour on Thursday an indoor exhibition in Bangkok.
The therapists were in it to win it from the beginning, almost tripling the previous record set by Australia in 2010, which had a total of 263 people being massaged. Amateurs.
“It was easy because this is what we do every day for a living,” said 53-year-old Chayanan Chanwuttisawan, one of the mostly female masseuses who took part in the event. “I’m proud of myself and my profession. I never thought we’d have the chance to be recognized like this.”
Therapists who participated in the event were given a video from the Ministry of Public Health, to provide further encouragement. The ministry states these masseuses are part of an army that included more than 50,000 people nationwide which generates $415 million annually.
What a happy ending.
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