Spa and massage has been on 'to do list' when visiting Thailand thanks to the ancient
knowledge of massage that has been heritaged over centuries and those that have
been combined with more modern approaches. The gentle nature of the Thais is unquestionable.
Pattaya is one of the destinations that cater a various types of massage and spa.
Treatments range from one-hour to a full day and it can be tailored to focus on
one area or to be more holistic at competitive prices. Whether you prefer luxurious
atmosphere in a hotel, in garden settings, beachfront surroundings or just modest
massage shops, Pattaya has all to offer.
Types of Thai massage
1. Oil Massage :
Body massage using oils extracted from nature such as coconut oil, grape seed oil,
olive oil, almond oil and sesame oil. Some can be used alone or in combination.
There is a host of benefits of oil massage such as facilitating better sleep, improving
the complexion of skin, nourishing tissues, keeping the joints flexible, improving
circulation, relieving fatigue and improve stamina, calming the nerves as well as
helping effective elimination of toxins.
2. Thai Massage :
A type of massage involving stretching and deep massage. It is normally performed
on the floor. No oil is used in the massage. The practitioners perform using some
moves of yoga. It also includes rhythmic pressing with practitioner's
hands, fingers, elbow or knee and stretching of the body such as cracking the knuckles,
pulling fingers, toes, ears or walking on the recipient's back. The massage is said
to be energising and relaxing.
3. Reflexology :
Reflexology is a type of massage applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific
fingers and techniques. Lotion or oil are not used. The massage is based on the
system of zones and reflex areas in the feet, hands as well as ears and their referral
areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland of the body.
It helps pain reduction, relieve tension, rejuvenate tired feet, improve blood flow.
4. Hot Stone Massage :
The massage uses heated, smooth stones placed and left directly on certain points
on your body such as spine, palms or belly or on the towel that is place on your
body. It loosens tight, stressed muscles and balance energy within the body. Various
sizes and shapes of the stone are used.
5. Deep Tissue Massage :
Using pressure on the deep layers of muscle and issue, deep tissue massage helps
relieve pains or chronically tight muscles, postural problems or repetitive strain.
Massage receiver might feel discomfort during the massage or sore 1 or 2 days after.
6. Sport Massage :
Designed for people who practice physical activity, sport massage does not only
include athlete but also those who are active and work out often. This type of massage
focuses on preventing, treating injuries and enhancing performance by loosening
muscles and increasing flexibility.
7. Shiatsu :
Shiatsu, a form of Japanese bodywork, uses fingers, thumbs and palms to give pressure
in rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is pressed for 2 to 8
seconds. The techniques used are brushing, vibrating, rolling and grasping.
8. Aromatherapy Massage :
Aromatherapy massage uses an addition of one or more scented plant oils or essential oils.
The oils help relaxing, balancing, stress reducing or energising. The most
common oils used is lavender oil.