Guide To A Thai Massage Course In Thailand

When planning a trip to Thailand, you're likely to create a checklist of must-visit destinations and must-do activities. However, one essential item that should not be overlooked is getting a traditional Thai massage. With a longstanding history in the country, there are numerous spas and massage parlors in Thailand to choose from. To ensure you receive a quality massage from a reputable establishment, we'd like to share some of our experiences.

Thai massages are available at a variety of price points, ranging from affordable to high-end. Among the highlights are traditional massages, herbal compresses with acupressure therapy, and hot spring soaks.

Types of Thailand massage

Massage salons along Bangkok Road

Bangkok's streets are lined with numerous massage salons, many of which boast multiple floors with a variety of services on offer. The first floor typically specializes in foot massages, a popular choice amongst visitors to Thailand due to its convenience and ease of preparation. Simply sit in a chair, and let the staff work their magic. If the foot massage leaves you feeling comfortable, you may wish to continue on to a full body massage. Prices vary depending on the location and quality of the establishment, but most shops display their rates on notice boards outside.

Traditional Thai massage

Thai massage in the traditional style at Wat Pho will be an experience that you should try when coming to Thailand. The massage skills at Wat Pho have been cultivated over the centuries so you will have the best relaxing moments here. There is a famous massage school here called Wat Pho Thai Traditional massage school. So, you can learn a few tricks to get home and practice. Wat Pho is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, on Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Old Quarter.

Massage by visually impaired people

There is a building on Chan Kao Street, with an organization training specifically for the blind in Bangkok. Opens from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm every day. Visitors can get to this massage location by taxi, or BRT from Chong Nonsi station to Thanon Jan on Chan Street. They believe that people with visual impairments have a heightened sense of touch, making it easier for them to synchronize with your body and thereby provide better therapy. This is also a useful source of income for visually impaired individuals. When you come here, you will feel that the therapists are very friendly, and you will soon feel relaxed and comfortable to enjoy and experience how interesting the massage service for visually impaired people is. This is also the most unique form of Thai massage in Bangkok.

The best spa services to take a massage course in Thailand

Away Spa

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Away Spa is the most modern massage spa in Bangkok. Located in W Hotel, Away Spa offers massage treatments, facials and beauty treatments in a modern, advanced and private environment.

Are you wondering what privacy means? In the VIP double treatment room, you can choose the light and colour you prefer. Then the room will be full in the colour you have chosen, creating your ideal space. The spa is also uniquely decorated as a hot tub. There is also a separate lounge for beauty treatments such as manicures and salons.

Try the 5-hour Away Re-Charge Escape Metamorphosis package with all the spa's exclusive treatments. Just sit back and relax while doing exfoliating, body and facial massage!

Located on the 6th floor of W Hotel, Away Spa is always one of the most bustling spas in Bangkok, so you should make a reservation before going! But remember that if you want to cancel your reservation, do it 24 hours in advance, or you will have to pay the charge.

- Address: 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand

- Area: Silom

- Opening hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

- Nearest station: Silom Station

One Sand Bath Therapy

Can you imagine how it would be like to be buried under sand at 55 degrees Celsius? One Sand Bath Therapy will give you that unique experience. The service is quite new, the spa has imported sand in the volcano of Japan and uses exclusive Sand Bath treatment from Japan to give you a unique experience.

A piece of information about Japanese volcanic sands: It is known that a small humble has over 50 types of vitamins and minerals, which help improve your whole body, namely the immune system, blood circulation and even reduce the signs of ageing. Besides, the sand is kept at 55 degrees Celsius, but you should not stay in the sand for more than 20 minutes. Staff will always check the circuit to determine a suitable time for your body. One course is equivalent to 1.5 hours of serious exercise.

One Bath Sand Therapy also offers other spa services, such as Traditional Thai Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Foot Massage… This exclusive sand bath is quite prominent and is always required to book at least 2 days in advance, so if you want to try it, you should book it early!

- Address: 40 Soi Sringarindra 65, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon

- Area: NongBon

- Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm daily

- Nearest station: Bangna Station

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Como Shambala Spa

Providing a perfect combination of all the best Asian massage techniques, Como Shambala Spa, located in the Metropolitan Hotel, is also one of the top choices of luxury spas in Bangkok.

There are 10 rooms beautifully decorated and completely different. From space to service, Como Shambala promises to bring you out of the bustling metropolis, to the nature in the heart of Bangkok.

Como Shambala is also proud to have a ton of services such as lymphatic drainage massage, weight loss, and anti-ageing skincare. The products used are all high-class and quality products, without toxic ingredients such as silicon or colouring, aromatic cosmetics.

The spa also allows loyal customers to adjust the service according to their requirements and preferences, ensuring nothing but comfort during the treatment. The most recommended service here is the exclusive Shambala Massage, which helps us relieve stiffness and stress due to our daily routine.

The facial treatment service here is also quite good, which help you get rid of all the stress with the acupuncture technique used in some therapies.

But you must remember that Como Shambala only accepts reservations! Reservations can be completed on their website, so hurry up as the spa is always full!

- Address: 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

- Area: Sathorn

- Opening hours: Reservations are only accepted

- Nearest station: Lumpini Station

I.SAWAN Residential Spa & Club

Thailand massage

I.Sawan Residential Spa & Club certainly tops this list in terms of size and facilities. With an area of over 7,000 m, this special spa will help you to enjoy the maximum time you want with great facilities such as gym, swimming pool, restaurant, tennis court, and sanatorium and even is accommodation!

With everything in such a place, it must be said that the facilities at this spa are perfect, along with a range of spa and massage service options, from facials to full-day spa packages.

The best treatments include Essence of I.Sawan (choose from three treatments including massages, body scrubs, body warmers and anti-ageing) and Men On the Go (30-minute intensive massaging to relieve stress).

- Address: 494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok, 10330

- Area: Rajdamri

- Opening hours: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm daily

- Nearest station: Siam Station

AKA Forever Young

In AKA Forever Young, you can walk in an artificial cave with imported Himalayan salt for the exclusive Himalayan Salt Cave treatment. The Himalayan Salt Cave can help you get rid of dust and some other contaminants in your lungs, clean your entire respiratory system, as well as soothe muscle aches. The spa has served many guests come here in hopes of alleviating ailments such as asthma, allergies and even insomnia.

AKA Forever Young also has organic therapy services such as facials and Reiki Massage (Japanese massage techniques to relieve stress). And they also offer massage classes on Reiki Massage!

- Address: 39 / 10-15 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana

- Area: Klong Toey Nua, Wattana

- Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

- Nearest station: Sukhumvit Station

Theta State Float Center

For those who want to find a special spa, do not want any touch of the staff or any human interaction, then Theta State Float Center is the first choice. Here you will enter a saltwater tank and float in the dark for about an hour or so. There is also a Floating Room for those who are afraid of enclosed space!

Floating in a resting pool relax your body to reduce stress. Also, this treatment helps to quickly recover injuries and muscle aches, as well as increase endorphins, helping you sleep better. You will be wearing earplugs in the treatment room to make sure you are not disturbed by outside noise during your treatment!

- Address: 88/1 24th Avenue Mall Soi Sukhumvit 24, Klong Ton

- Area: Klong Ton

- Opening hours: Open daily with the following periods: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

- Nearest station: Phrom Phong Station

Here are things you might know about Thai massage! So add this activity to your bucket list when you are planning to Thailand!

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