Traditional Thai Massage: The BenefitsIt does wonders for your nervous system: it will invigorate as much as relax you, free any blockages in your energy flow, and balance your mind, body and spirit. Your awareness will be heightened, and your chakras opened (giving you a feeling of serenity and peace of mind). Your body will be strengthened and rejuvenated. Got any pain, or tightness in your muscles? A Thai massage is guaranteed to relieve the tension, while the passive yoga postures you’ll be placed into during the session will also help increase your flexibility. It bestows little miracles to your organs, blood, lymph nodes and digestive system – improving your circulation, helping you to absorb nutrients, and also (perhaps most importantly!) to eliminate waste and toxic debris resulting from any physical and/or emotional stress and overload. Thai massage also energizes the giver, bestowing joy, peace and a sense of enlightenment to both parties. It’s particularly known for being able to assist in the relief of the following ailments: Headaches, migraines, arthritis, whiplash, paralysis, numbness, sciatica, back pain (and many other conditions). Regular sessions will keep you feeling recharged, aligned and healthy. How much? Depending on which type of spa you go to Thai massages can range from 150 baht – 450 Thai baht/hour. Yes, that’s around $5-$10 USD for a one hour massage! An oil massage will cost from 300-600 baht… and a foot massage can be as cheap as 150 baht on the street! After all that exploring the streets – what could be better?
Foot massages in Thailand are a must – at 150 baht! ($5USD)
Learn Thai Massage / Take a Thai Massage Course:Many backpackers like to take courses while they are in Thailand, particularly in Chiang Mai, the cultural north of Thailand, which is renowned for its enthusiasm for ancient Thai traditions. Other good places to learn include Bangkok, Koh Phangan and Phuket.
The Sunshine Massage School – Chiang MaiWe’ve heard excellent things about Sunshine Massage School, where travellers can even learn Thai massage with the Lahu Hill Tribe people of the northern mountains. However, there are many spas and yoga centres within the walls of the city which offer massage courses by the day, or week. For example, a beginners massage course for 2 weeks starts at 8,500 baht with Sunshine Massage School.
The International Massage School – Chiang MaiOther more traditional schools are ITM (The International Massage School), where many Thai people learn the art of Thai massage. Also, the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai offers courses to locals and foreigners.
TTC Spa School – Chiang MaiThe TTC Spa School offers courses in Traditional Thai Massage, lymphatic drainage massage, oil massage and body scrubbing, foot reflexology, facial massage and Tok Sen massage, an ancient massage form originating from the Lan Na district of northern Thailand. Check out course schedule and prices on their website.
Suai Thai Massage Training Center – PhuketLocated in Kathu, Phuket, Suai Thai Massage Training Center is a popular option for backpackers looking to learn Thai massage. They offer a range of different options, starting with their basic Thai massage course. This 30 hour course takes place over 5 days and costs 7,500THB (approx $238USD). Book your basic Thai massage course at Suai Thai Massage Training Center here.
Wat Pho Massage School – BangkokWat Pho Massage School in Bangkok is famous for its excellent traditional training. They teach everything from foot massage, to herbal compress and facial massages. A 5-day massage course costs 10,500 baht.
Siam Healing Centre – Koh PhanganAs a hub for healing, yoga and holistic therapy, Koh Phangan is also a place where people often learn the art of Thai Massage. Siam Healing Centre offers courses in Traditional Thai massage for 8,000 baht (30 hours). They also offer oil massage and foot reflexology courses, as well as Reiki and Theta courses if you’re interested in that too!
Chantima Massage – Koh PhanganChantima Massage in Koh Phangan is also a popular place to learn massage. You can do a short one-day course for 2,500 baht or a longer 5-day course (30 hours) for 10,000 baht.
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