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Traditional Thai Massage – Thailand

By Paul Aslett on July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Massage

A traditional Thai Massage is not only healthy, it’s also a perfect form of relaxation. Thai massage is l a form of therapeutic  health care based on ancient medicine as a form of passive meditation and physical recreation.Massage parlours and spas that provide Thai, foot and oil massage, as well as so-called Aroma Therapy or “herbal massage”, can be found all over Pattaya and in virtually every Soi. Prices start at approximate 200 Baht per hour for Thai and foot massage, and 300 Baht for an oil massage. In order to fully benefit from a massage, a two hour session is recommended.

Traditional Thai Massage – Thailand

Traditional Thai Massage is a therapeutic practice and not to be confused with a soapy massage (“body massage”) which can more precisely be described as an erotic body to body massage using a lot of soapy water, and provides relaxation of a rather sensual kind – of  massage .

Thai massage, nuat paen boran in Thai (which translates to “ancient” or “traditional” massage. Originates from the Indian subcontinent and is based on ancient techniques. Providing a holistic physical experience, a traditional Thai massage session is both relaxing and healthy.  This is in opposition to a Western misconception, traditional Thai massage has no sexual connotation at all. Therefore, the gender of the massage practitioner should have no effect on your therapeutic benefits, regardless of whether you’re male or female.

At the beginning of a massage session  usually an hour or two long  the massage recipient will change into loose and comfortable clothes and lie down on a mat or firm mattress on the ground. The massage practitioner leans on the recipient’s body, using hands, fingers, elbows and feet to apply firm, rhythmic pressure on the recipient’s body.

Traditional Thai Massage – Good For The Body !

Thai massage traditionally follows the so called Sen lines on the body, somehow analogous to “energy lines” or meridians. Typically, the massager starts with the feet and legs of the recipient, who initially lies on his back. This is followed by a massage of the hands, arms, back and neck, and  depending on the practitioner’s style  a short head and face massage. Although oil is not being used in traditional Thai massage, oil massage softer and less “painful,” but also less effective is also available in most massage parlours, however at slightly higher prices.

A Thai massage session usually lasts two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body, which may include the pulling of fingers, toes and ears, cracking the knuckles or even walking on the recipient’s back. While this may sound painful, traditional Thai massage provided by a trained and certified practitioner shouldn’t actually hurt, but be both relaxing and healthy for the recipient’s entire body and soul.

If you find your massager’s style too “aggressive” just let him or her know they should readily swift to a “softer” style. Otherwise, you might want to try an oil massage, which provides a softer form of relaxation.

Foot Massage –  A Popular Thai Massage

Foot massage, as the name says, is performed on the feet of the recipient. Also known as “foot reflexology massage,” it is based on the ancient Chinese belief that hundreds of “reflex zones” in our feet correspond to certain organs of our body, and that by professional manipulation of these zones, healing of certain symptoms and syndromes in the respective organs can occur.

As shown by studies, foot massage also yields release of stress. As many diseases – especially heart diseases – are caused by excessive stress, a professional foot massage can also have an indirect positive impact on the patient’s physical well-being. Many tourists enjoy this type of massage & its extremely popular with the retirees in Thailand.

All traditional massage parlours in Pattaya offer foot massage, too. A standard one-hour session usually costs the same as a Thai massage (200 Baht).Body Massage, Soapy  Massage

While most massage parlours in Pattaya provide traditional Thai-style massages (perhaps with a few non-standard “extras”) a full body massage – probably better known by customers as “soapy massage” – is really more than just a body massage for the sake of therapeutical benefits.

A “soapy” is probably better described as a body-to-body massage. This means, all parts of the body of your sexy masseuse, not just her hands or elbows, have a share in providing satisfaction and relief to all (including intimate) parts of your body. The idea of a “soapy” is that you get a full massage of your body, lubricated with lots of soapy water and culminating in a round of physical exercises

Thai Massage – Beware Of Imitations !

Upon entering a typical body massage parlour, you should find yourself in a dimly-lit room facing a panoramic glass front (“fishbowl”) behind which the massage providers – often dressed in posh evening gowns – are seated. Usually the massage girls have numbered badges on their dresses, and a kind of manager (papasan) is always around to assist you with choosing the ‘right number’.

Traditional thai Massage

Don’t Get Caught Out Like Dave !

Basically, all you have to do, is name the number of the lady you fancy, and she’ll jump out of her “fish bowl” and join you. In some soapy massage parlours, you may have a drink and chat with a girl before making your final choice; in other (more Asian-oriented) venues, you can’t.

After making your choice, your massage girl will take you to a private air-conditioned room (some are equipped with private bathrooms and relatively luxurious; others aren’t). Following the usual shower, you can lean back on the mattress, relax all parts of your body and enjoy a soapy body-to-body massage resulting in full sensual relief. A complete body massage session usually lasts around 90 minutes a popular choice with tourists .

If you are serious about becoming a masseur you should enrol on a course such as Watpo Thai School these offer a fully comprehensive Thai massage training course. In Thailand the traditional Thai massage is an skill passed down through generations & the above school was opened in 1955 it does in fact offer four courses of Thai medicine  read more Wikipedia.

 

 

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Qualified UK Immigration Consultant - OISC F200700163. Owner of Thai Visa Express - UK -Australia- Thailand Visa applications. Expertise UK visa immigration family migration visa applications - leave to enter & remain in the UK. My expertise is visas for Thai citizens to travel or settle overseas, currently living working in Thailand.