Thailand is celebrated for its various spa treatments and massages that ease muscles and soothe the senses with a variety of techniques and herbal remedies. So sought-after are these highly specialised treatments, that most Bangkok resorts have their own special spa treatments, like the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, for instance, who are known for their unique spa centres. Thai spa practices were developed upon ancient healing methods that work with the body’s energy lines. A combination of acupressure, deep stretching and correction of posture are used to treat the body whilst Buddhist philosophy and Ayurvedic methods are used to clear the mind.
The techniques of a Thai yoga massage, more commonly referred to as simply Thai massage, date back over centuries, and is regarded as one of the best therapeutic massages. During a massage, you will lay down fully clothed while the therapist uses a combination of hands, elbows, feet, and knees, depending on the tightness of muscles, to apply pressure, promote the flow of energy and relax your body and mind.
Hot herbal compresses are also pressed and massaged over the body to soothe aching muscles and revive the senses. Different herbs are used for different reasons but the most common herbs used are lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor tree, and tamarind. Essential oils made from herbs, plants and coconut are applied to back aches and other forms of pain relief. In addition, body scrubs and face packs made from flowers, herbs and earth may also be applied to the body, for cosmetic purposes. Thai spa treatments are a combination of all the above, with each application, whether it be the acupressure or the mix of herbs used in a compress, tailored to suit an individual’s exact need. Thus, providing an intensely relaxing experience that everyone should try at least once.
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