From time to time everyone likes a good massage, and Thailand is one of the best places to have one. So we decided to try the famous Thai massage that everybody talks about. Spoiler alert: it was well worth it. It was like nothing that we have done in Europe which was a total surprise for me…
As a physiotherapist, when doing a massage, I try to figure out what the massagist is doing. No, a physiotherapist is not a massagist, but we do know the massage techniques with the goal of producing effects such as an increase in blood circulation and reduce pain. But frequently, the main aim of a message is just to produce relaxation and wellness. In a Thai Massage, everything is different, from the techniques to the process used.
Why is a Thai massage so special?
A traditional Thai massage uses compression and stretching techniques. No oils and creams. And no soft tissue (skin and muscles) gliding. A Thai massage generally involves treating the whole body, which can take 1 or 2 hours. The massage is done dressed in loose clothes, which the massage center provides.
The first part of the treatment includes washing your feet. Usually, the session is in open spaces, on floor mats, with other people. In some spas or resorts, you have your own space and privacy, but that comes with a higher price.
Thai massages are used as a therapeutic technique. They believe that it releases blockages along the body’s energy lines (sen), which is influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. During the massage, the technician uses the elbow, forearm, foot, and knee to do the massage.
The massage consists of compressing, cracking, pulling articulations, and stretching muscles in a rhythmic sequence. Every part of the body is worked (feet, legs, arms, head, back, and neck) in different positions, sometimes in stretching positions (yoga-like). Keep in mind that this is not a relaxing massage. In some moments, you will feel very relaxed, and during others, discomfort and tension in your muscles.
However, by the end, you will feel relief, the sensation that your whole body worked, and even pain mitigation. The Thai massage session ends with a lovely hot tea.
Where to have the Massage?
The big question remains: where should you do the massage?… There is a big offer, and you can find massage centers everywhere. Every city has several options on the beaches and in the night markets.
Some even have beautiful girls on the door with provocative dresses. But don’t confuse a Thai massage with a sex service. Sometimes Thai massages are associated with a happy ending Massage. Although Thai massage has nothing to do with it, it is a traditional medicine treatment, so try to find qualified professionals.
Despite the joke on the title, we wanted a place that was professional and gave good massages, but at the same time, we wanted it to be cheap, in other words, the best value for money.
So we chose one with good reviews on TripAdvisor and had plenty of people in the door (not always an indicator of being good). We did the massage in Chiang Mai in the Women’s Massage Center by Ex-Prisoners. Now we can recommend it to you! They provided excellent professional service. Overall it was an interesting and pleasant experience.
Keep in mind that a good massage depends a lot on the person who gives it. My massage was rougher, and Jorge’s was softer. Massages in Thailand are very cheap they vary between 200 and 400 baht, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to do one. Or several…
17 thoughts on “Thai Massage- A post with happy ending”
Ooh I love Thai massages, so good! Would like to learn how to give them one day! Thanks for sharing.
Lol, I’m so sorry but the title… happy ending… has more than one meaning…
yes… we know… 🙂
Great information to know if a person is headed to Thailand as massage customs are so different in every country. The Women’s massage Centre by ex-prisoners sounds like an interesting place.
thank you 🙂 We chose them because we wanted to be sure it wasn’t shady like Eric said
I got the best massage ever in Thailand – I can’t wait to go back!!!!
Yes! And it’s so cheap we can have a several in a few days 🙂
I remembered a few years ago, I went to Thailand, just to do spa and massages! It could be painful at times, but overall it was so rejuvenating!
I think it really depends on the masseuse… I got a much softer than Claudia… 🙂
we were not used to getting foot massages that were so good on the sidewalk and for that price! We got back home and couldn’t figure out why everything was so expensive.
YES! Almost everything is very cheap in SE Asia…
when I was in Bangkok I was so paranoid about getting a massage because they always looked so shady and I didn’t want to partake but I may have to reconsider now
It is important to chose wisely… There’s a reason for the happy ending reputation and why some of them look shady. That was one of the main reasons why we chose this particular place…
What a great experience. I love massage – and I particularly like reflexology. I completely understand the holistic approach and focusing on pressure points. I’ll have to try to find a good Thai masseur in Europe!
If we find one, we will share 🙂 But at least the price will be very different..
wow, sounds fun, always wanted to have thai massage but never got chance but after reading this, I think I should give it a go.
we definitely recommend it! Go for it.
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