What are you letting yourself in for with a Thai Massage? Read on to find out …
You’re in Thailand; the perfect place to experience this cultural massage. (Some people get them every week).
But what are you
letting yourself in for?
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massage or “Thai yoga massage” is a
traditional healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and
assisted yoga postures.
Originated in India, around 2,500 years ago, the physician to the Buddha, Shivago Komarpaj, is said to have created the Thai massage.
Most of the recorded history of Thai massage was lost in 1767 during the Burmese attack in Ayutthia. However, there were records that survived and were inscribed in the Sala Moh Nuat, a massage pavilion in Bangkok.
Since the origin, there are a combination of influences for Thai medicine from Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian culture, making the Thai Massage what it is today.
First, you will be
given a shirt and pants, then led to a changing room or bathroom. These are loose
fitting, clean, and comfortable. So for a thai massage, you are fully clothes, unlike oil massage.
In a Thai massage the therapist uses a
variety of different sequences of techniques on clients, who are
either lying face up, lying face down, seated, or on their side.
There is constant body contact between the
therapist and the client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is
compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked.
The masseuses will use
every part of their body in order to do this, including their thumbs, elbows,
and knees. Some masseuses might even walk on you.
certainly are not gentle. It is important to note that oftentimes, Thai
massages can feel like unpleasant, if not painful experiences.
Usually, the masseuse
will make it more or less intense depending on a person’s size and age.
Top Tip – “Jep” means “hurt” in Thai. So if the masseuses are making the massage too uncomfortable, this becomes and important word.
Thai massage is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It also treats energy blockages, weak, dysfunctional organs, aches and pains, flexibility, paralysis, nerve problems and postural alignments, and many more. See below for more detail …
1. Lowers stress
Stress can negatively
affect mental and physical health. Chronic, or long-lasting, stress can lead to
serious illnesses, including depression
and cardiovascular disease.
Thai massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the body, to relieve physical and emotional tension.
2. Boosts energy
Research has shown
that Thai massage can increase people’s physical energy levels.
The Thai massage
technique is based on the notion of energy lines, or Zen. Most practitioners
believe that there are various Zen, or channels of energy, within the body.
Over time you body can build up blockages.
These blockages reduce the flow of life energy, which results in stiffness, pain, and illness. Thai massage uses different techniques that either open or constrict different Zen to correct the flow of life energy.
3. Stimulates circulation
Thai massage can
promote the circulation of both blood and lymph through the use of gentle
stretches. These yoga-like stretches increase blood circulation, which fills
the body’s tissues with oxygen. This helps promote cell growth and heart
They believe that this
is because it improved blood circulation, which, in turn, stimulates the
somatosensory system. This is a system that plays a major role in balance.
4. Improves range of motion
incorporates yoga-like stretches to reduce stress and improve circulation. The
gradual, gentle stretching will enhance the person’s flexibility over time,
allowing a greater range of motion.
Thai massage may also
improve the circulation of the fluid in the joints, or synovial fluid, which reduces
friction between the joints. This can improve joint mobility and range of
5. Thai massages are great for athletes
It works similarly as
a sport massage, due to it being in the same style of this deep tissue massage/stretches.
Thai massage also improves circulation, which brings
more oxygen to muscles and other tissues. This may prevent injuries and improve
the athlete’s ability to recover after intense training.
Thai massage prices
will depend on you go.
Generally you will see
them offered for around Thai massage for 300-400 thb ($9-12).
However resorts or
high-end salons will charge 500 thb ($15) plus.
If your masseuse does
a great job, it would be a lovely gesture to tip them, for their efforts. The
massages are incredibly cheap, and these people’s jobs are simply exhausting.
Usually an hour, but
if you body is really ache-y, you can differ to the 90 minutes.
This is a common
miss-conception and only very few places offer this service.
To avoid any
embarrassing encounters, do your research on the recommended ones.
As of 2018, of the 8,000 to 10,000 spa and massage shops in Thailand, only 4,228 are certified by the Health Ministry’s Department of Health Service Support (HSS).
Thai massages are a must in the Kingdom of the best! Dare to try?
Did you come here to party? Or are you looking for a little spiritual enlightenment? Big fan of the marine life? Or do you want to get lost in the Jungle? Well friend, Koh Phangan really has something for everyone. And you’ve come to the right place.
Yes this one is pretty obvious, but we have 35 beaches! Some secluded, others full of life why would you not see them all? for example, In the south, a fine white beach stretches from Thongsala all the way to the rocky outcrop that marks the start of the Haad RinPeninsula. Most of this beach is referred to as Baan Tai Beach. The portion of the beach nearest Haad Rin is marked off by a small creek and is called Bankai. Near the centre of Baan Tai Beach is a small pier where you can organize boat transfers or fishing trips. On both sides of the pier are some great stretches of beach.
Much of Baan Tai is peaceful beach fringed with coconut palms. The water is blue and in the distance you can see Koh Samui. Most nights of the year there is a wonderful sunset.
The resorts are spread out and the road is some distance from the coast.Moreover there is a coral reef about 200 meters from the coast. This means that during the low tidal seasons (May to October) the water is shallow until the reef. It is great to paddle in but is not the beast beach for swimming.
During the windy months Baan Tai becomes the best place for kite boardingin Koh Phangan. So if you like to party at night and do extreme sports during the day Baan Tai is the ideal destination.
The Parties and Events
While Koh Phangan is worldwide famous for its Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, Ban Tai has its call in the party and nightlife.
For those who prefer live bands there are also bars such as Outlaws Saloon and BM Barthat have a fun live music venues.
The Restaurants and Bars
Baan Tai is probably the area in the island with the greatest variety of places to eat and drink. You’ll find are cheap, local restaurants serving Thai food as well asWestern cuisine. There are also beautiful seaside restaurants and bars likeLa Casa Tropicanaor more exclusive restaurants such as Fisherman’s Restaurantwhere you can get great food enjoying a beautiful sunset. For those who prefer fast food there are plenty of places to get pizzas, burgers and fish and chips such as The Food Factoryopened 24/7. For those looking to experiment Eastern cuisine you’ll find the best Russian restaurant Friends Cafeand the brand new delicious Silk Wayserving Uzbek cuisine.
For those wanting to self-cater the supermarkets of Thongsalaare just a few minutes away too.
Baan Tai has a lively nightlife with many beach bars like Infinity Beach Club as well as fun bars where you can play pool, showcasing live music and great variety of beers like BM Bar. You are never far away from a bar that suits you.
Koh Phangan is a pretty big island, fourth largest in Thailand in fact. The best way to see it and the surrounding ones is to book one of the island tours! Go by boat, jeep, or bike, these companies will show the best of Koh Phangan.
Phangan Bicycle Tours
Mingalaba Road Trip
Asia Blue Tours
Ocean Drive Speed Boat Tours
Spa & Massage
While Koh Phangan is known for it’s crazy parties like the infamous Full Moon Party, it is also famous for its massages and wellness centers.
Thai massage is of course the signature massage in Thailand, being originally performed by the monks to heal the body and mind. Indeed, Thai Massage is an ancient healing practice that combines acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.
However, you can find many other types of massages such as the aroma oil and a full range of skin treatments in the numerous spas around the island. Enjoy a massage or a full day spa package to leave you refreshed, and recharged.
Here are our recommended places on Koh Phangan to get your body relaxed.
Gaia Nature Spa
Cocohut Resort & Spa
Santhiya Resort & Spa
Paradiso Beach Spa
Pure Relax Spa
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Slip N Fly
Wake up Wakeboarding
Asia Blue Tours & Scuba
Reefers Scuba Diving
Haad Yao Divers
The best of Mind Body and Soul
Koh Phangan is a true heaven for yogis around the world. You should know that Koh Phangan is a famous destination for Thailand yoga holidays, as well as Thailand yoga teacher training programs. More than a deeply relaxing island, Koh Phangan yoga retreats will deliver a unique experience to remember forever. Take your time to marvel at the endless sunny beaches or the lush coconut forests.
Orion Healing Center
Wonderland Healing Center
The Sanctuary Thailand
Pure Flow yoga
We could honestly keep going on, there are too many options. Browse our site and find something that’s good for you!
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