Essential massage tools


In Thailand, where traditional Thai massage and countless other types of massage and spa therapies abound, finding one to give you that great rubdown is easy. Just remember, as wonderful as a good massage is, a good massage with the right massage oil, hot compress, hot stones, lotion, cream, gel or powder can make it a thousand times better.

p1To help you decide which type of medium you want your masseuse/masseur or therapist to use, some of the most common aides they use here are massage oils, creams, lotion and powder. A simple backrub already feels wonderful but using oil does not only make it feel better. Massage oils may offer physical benefits of their own, or simply enhance the experience with scent, sensation and ease.

Massaging with massage oil adds the benefit of moisturizing and toning the skin, as well as making it easier for your therapist’s hands to move and knead over muscles and skin. The scent you choose, the ingredients included and the way that you use the oil all give different benefits – from helping to heal old wounds to just plain making a massage more fun. Massage creams are generally used on people with sore muscles, an injury, or have muscle spasms. Herbal muscle creams with therapeutic properties stimulates healing and is great for a deep muscle massage. These creams contain essential oils and Capsicum which is a heat generating ingredient.

Many people prefer creams because they do not make the body feel greasy. For somebody with a highly sensitive skin, it is best to advise your therapist ahead so they do not use a cream that you will have allergic reaction to. A popular alternative to massage oils is the use of lotion. Massage lotions like oil, work well for deep tissue stimulation and non-slip massage. Most lotions are non-greasy and provide ideal glide protecting the skin from damage due to excessive friction during high-friction massages.

p2They help relieve muscular tension and stress without too much drag. As it is not quickly absorbed by the skin, lotion has the ability to condition the skin during massage. A very light massage using fingers, hands and arms over your powder-dusted body is like going back to the days when your sensitive baby-skin is caressed by the gentle touch of a mother’s hands. Powder massage is not designed to work your muscles as it is focused on the soft areas of the body like the back of the knee, elbow crooks, calves, palms, small of the back, etc., to stimulate nerve endings.


Pattaya – also a place to relax

Although Pattaya is busy by Koh Samui or Phuket standards,
that certainly does not mean that it isn’t relaxing!

There is a wealth of ways to relax in Pattaya, so if you’d prefer to be close to Bangkok on your trip to Thailand, check out the luxury villas in Pattaya, nightlife of the town, and famous Thai massages that have made a name for this Bangkok satellite city.

Relaxation for many simply means not having to pick up after yourself, wash your own towels, make your own beds, cook your own food or worry about the state of the benches and floor! In Pattaya there are many of luxury hotels, service apartment and villa offers you relief from all this drudgery, with the daily maid service.

The Pattaya villa has marble floors, entertainment facilities and the feeling of being in a hotel – without crowds of people that you don’t know! It can sleep up to 8 people, and hanging around at this luxury villa in Pattaya, moseying up and down Jomtien beach, cruising around in the free hire car and sampling new taste sensations at the new Thai restaurant nearby are some of our favourite ways to relax in Pattaya.

Thai massage is another of Pattaya’s ultra-relaxing activities, and some masseuses will even come around to your private villa in Pattaya to give you a head, foot or full body massage at unbelievable prices. There are also hundreds of Thai massage shops in Pattaya, and you can even get one on the beach or in the market! They are designed to relieve stress and pressure over the whole body, with over 70,000 pressure points that the practitioners focus on.

They are an absolute delight! If relaxation to you means letting your hair down and partying hard, then Pattaya has some great relaxation opportunities. Pattaya beach road is where you’ll want to head from your luxury Pattaya villa for all the nightlife opportunities, like the exotic cabaret shows, karaoke bars, discotheques and nightclubs. Marine Disco is a great venue for house music from international artists, with free entry, and another free entry option on Walking Street is Tony’s Entertainment Complex.

The Hard Rock Cafe is a well known name in live music that is just as popular in Pattaya as elsewhere in the world – definitely something that you’ll have to leave the quiet comfort of your Pattaya luxury villa for! Golf is another of the best ways to relax in Pattaya – you can work out the kinks in your body and mind, focusing solely on the ball and where it has to go.

The Pattaya hills are known for good golfing, and there are several international class greens within 40 km of the city. The Siam Country Club has one of the most challenging golf courses in the world, if you want to lose yourself in the task at hand, and you can combine a weekend of golf with several choices of luxury villas in Pattaya that have courses on site.