A visit to a spa in Bangkok is almost always a highlight on the to-do list for travelers looking to get some respite. While it’s easy to find a spa in Bangkok that offers the usual Thai massage, there are many other variants worth exploring. To help you ace that spa menu and ensure you get the experience you wish for, learn about these four lesser-known massages that you can find at a Bangkok spa.
The Abhyanga and Shirodhara massage
With roots in India, the Abhyanga and Shirodhara massages are popular across the globe. Ayurveda means “life science” and its techniques involve mediation, relaxation, and aromatherapy. Large quantities of healing oils are applied to the body in stages, to bring holistic healing to your physical and mental being. You may be able to experience these massage techniques at some Bangkok spas, if not all.
The Hot Stone Massage
The name explains it all, almost: this technique starts with a soothing oil massage to prepare your muscles, before heated basalt stones of up to 62 degrees Celsius are placed along your spine, stomach, and other pressure points. The therapist then massages your body with the hot stones, kneading each muscle with long strokes and circular movements that help in easing muscle tension and improving blood flow. At the Seasons Spa, Conrad Hotel, Bangkok, the Hot Stone Massage is also a popular foot massage technique. It’s a great one to try, especially if you are experiencing aching muscles from all the exploring (not to mention shopping!).
If you’re staying at Millennium Hilton Bangkok, you can experience ‘Taste of Siam’, a different version of the aromatic hot compress treatment for B4,900 at the eforea Spa. In this massage variant, the body is embalmed like a wrap with therapeutic herbs such as ginger and turmeric. Either way, you can’t go wrong with herbs that heal.
The Lanna Thai Massage
The word “Lanna” refers to an ancient kingdom in northern Thailand, where the massage technique originated. Featured on most spa menus across the spas in Bangkok, the Lanna Thai Massage focuses on the energy lines in the body while healing the mind, body, and spirit. Although more intense in nature, as compared to the traditional Thai massage, the Lanna Thai technique involves a lot more stretching to reach distinct acupuncture points for deeper healing. This massage is a great way to relax deep muscle tissues, increase flexibility, and balance the body’s energy.
The Lomi-Mae Massage
The Lomi-Mae massage borrows its technique from an ancient Polynesian massage practice known as Lomi-Lomi, which means ‘rub rub’, or ‘knead’ in the Hawaiian language. Long, rhythmic, strokes are applied to the body to stimulate muscles and rejuvenate the body. This 60-minute relaxing massage can be experienced at the eforea Spa at Millennium Hilton Bangkok for B3,300. The spa’s soothing ambience and skilled masseurs make the eforea Spa the perfect place to soothe your nerves after a day battling Bangkok traffic.
The ’Luk Pra Kob’
Herbs and spices like lemongrass, kaffir lime, and turmeric are tightly wrapped in fabric and steamed to create a hot herbal compress that opens up pores in your skin, allowing your body to absorb the healing proponents of the herbs within. Benefits of this massage include pain relief, rejuvenation and better blood circulation. The ‘Luk Pra Kob’ is offered at Seasons Spa, Conrad Hotel, Bangkok. You can pamper yourself for 30 or 60 minutes at B1,500 – B2,500, depending on your preference or itinerary.
Now that you’re acquainted with some of the lesser-known Thai massages in Bangkok, you can start your relaxation journey at any of the Hilton hotels. Hilton’s spa experts are well-versed in a fantastic range of international and Bangkok massages, so you can indulge in the Bangkok spa experience without even leaving the hotel.