Rue-Si Datton represents physical exercises postures which have been practiced for 200-years. Rue-Si means Ascetic or The one person who keep in concentration. Datton which means Self-Stretching in Thai language. Putting both together is Ascetic Self Stretching exercises. Yogis used these postures to keep their physical bodies in balance during long meditations. The inscriptions at Wat Po in Bangkok are the clear evidence of Rue-Si Datton can be traced back to the Reign of King Rama I when he issued a royal command to restore in the collections of the ancient textbooks of medicines and sculpturing of (Sen–Sib) energy lines of the body and physical exercise postures of Rue-Si Datton in order to enable the general public to learn and use them for well-being and for wide-scale treatments. If exercise are practiced regularly along with respiration system (similar to Buddhist meditation), the physical and mental bodies that are effected grow healthier. Important benefits involve the efficient joints movements, pain relief, a healthy system more resistant to diseases, slow degeneration in the aged persons and qualitative long life. It is different from others kind of Yoga on breathing method, as you breathe in stretching and keep your breathing in posing and breathe out when returning to initial position. It includes exercises to stimulate on your spine, legs muscles, which are influential on the flow of blood and healthy lymph are effective in losing weight. Rue-Si Datton is the healthy exercise that can be useful from a child to the elderly person, an experienced person of the yoga to a physically inflexible person.
A statue of a Ruesi at Wat Suan Tan in Nan, Thailand