Holistic body care


A spa, of course, connotes a curative mineral spring where people, particularly the elderly, get miraculously healed of certain ailments. Although it still has that mystical connotation, the modern spa is more about getting treatment for health, beauty and full body rest. It is more about holistic body care to help you feel better – and beautiful. Little wonder a standard spa menu now includes facial massage, body massage, body scrub, body treatments, mineral bath, and sauna.

Much joy can now be derived from a visit to a spa – such as being pampered like a baby with a soothing mud bath or a sensuous skin-cleansing scrub, which can really relaxing. In Thailand, a spa treatment is one of the most glorious memories you will ever have from your holiday. The treatment is made even more inviting by that legendary Thai hospitality – that warm Thai trait where you are made to feel extra important. And Thailand, being a big bargain house, spa treatment here is much, much cheaper than anywhere else.

While most of these are still in five-star hotels, many stand-alone spas have sprung up across the country. Some have Eden-like environments, with charming foliage and beautiful flower gardens all around, making you feel totally at peace and at one with nature. A spa is a magical experience worthy of your visit to this exotic country. The best spas are all here and all you have to do is pick the one that suits you.


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.

Pampering in a Thai spa

Unwind after a hectic day of shopping or a night of excessive partying, right in your hotel, or have a simple massage right on the beach.

Pattaya is not only known for its may different attractions. It, too, prides itself of one of Thailand’s best offer – Thai spa. Some of the finest spas in the world find their ome here offering services at competitive rates.

Spa in Thailand, in general, have an altogether very Thai touch embodied upon a time-honored healing tradition based on herbal and holistic remedies and generations of fold wisdom. It is based on the deep-rooted harmony of Buddhist teaching, so creating a inner spiritual calm, complementing the equation of mind, spirit and body.

Meditation is also used. And another compares to a day in a spa. Indulge in any of several types of body and health treatments that will surely relax the body and remove tension. Fact is, it might even add more years of your life. Recharge and discover the healing powers of natural elements. Feel your body getting back its energy after only a weekend stay. Highly recommended is an aromatherapy massage.

Start with a complete body care treatment that uses fragrant natural oils. Then have a massage where essential oils are blended to maximize their effect on the body’s central nervous system that triggers a healing process.

Try also traditional massage that’s known for its therapeutic effects. It is said to have originated from India 2500 years ago as a form of treatment for improving general circulation and alleviating fatigue.

A massage is an excellent way to unwind after a hectic day of shopping, a night excessive partying or a week of hard work. Foot massage is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that began with an acupuncture massage technique at reflex points of the feet where nerves are intertwined with other in several parts of the body.

These help keep internal organs healthy. In foot reflexology, nerve endings on each foot are stimulated. Both feet, which are said to be the second heart of the body, have 14,400 nerve endings and over 100 reflex zones. Pressure and massage on a certain zone of the foot stimulates the corresponding organ in the body and brings about a healing effect.

A facial treatment or aroma facial massage are both worth trying. Only herbal cosmetics are used to clean facial skin, remove dead cells and rejuvenate living cells. Most spas in the country have modern facilities and luxurious designs.

Treatment rooms have private shower, steam room and Jacuzzi. There are also beauty salons, boutiques, gyms and restaurants that serve health food. Should you take off your clothes in a spa? People who have never had a massage before al ask the same question: “Do I have to take my clothes off?” For a traditional Swedish massage, the answer is yes.

But it’s easier than you might think. You enter a private, dimly lit room, disrobe and climb under a large towel while the therapist is out of the room. There might be candles and dreamy music playing. She’ll knock before she enters so you won’t be caught in a embarrassing position.

A sheet and sometimes a light cotton blanket are draped over the massage table. She folds them over you and tuck you in so you feel sage and enfolded. She uncovers only the part of your body where she is working on, so almost all your body is covered at any time.