If you’re currently spending time in Bangkok, Thailand and interested in the fabled “Thai massage” which has brought so many expats to this country, look no further. Below I aim to outline the various types of massage you can look forward to enjoying in Thailand.
Each massage is up to the discretion of the masseur who you are booking with, however, you should be able to see in advance which massage services each parlour or independent masseur offers. Booking a massage in the heart of Bangkok is an excellent way to make the most of your time here.
Sit back, relax and allow your senses to go wild. Sink into a realm of bliss and let your masseur provide you with a sensual and stimulating massage. Depending on your aches, pains, needs and preferences, you may want to book a different type of massage.
First up, non-sexual massages. If you’re simply looking to let off some steam and relax then these next massages will be perfect for you.
Bear in mind that most masseurs are quite responsive and if you ask them to focus on a certain part of your body that may need more work, they will usually adapt their message to suit.
The following non-sexual massages are used to stimulate different parts of your body, reduce stress and enforce your bodies natural healing ability.
Deep tissue massage:
This form of massage therapy is carried out by using pressure and hand movements to reach your deepest layers of muscle and fascia. For those who have ever been in chronic pain, feeling stiff or achy, this is a great way to loosen up and break up knots or scar tissue that may be causing you tightness or inflammation.
When the massage starts, you will notice that your masseuse starts with only a light pressure to prepare your body for the message to come. This will help to warm your body up and allow your muscles to adapt to the change in pressure which will later be applied. Two techniques used for this “warm-up” phase include Stripping and Friction.
Stripping is used to elongate the muscles and remove any knots. This, along with the scar tissue which will be rectified, helps to increase strength, flexibility and works to prevent injuries and accelerate recovery after exercise. This part of the message can be carried out with pressure from the knuckles, thumbs, elbows and forearms.
Friction massage is a technique whereby the masseuse will use pressure to rub your muscle against bone or deeper muscle. This, in turn, will help to reduce knots and increase blood flow. For those who have been experiencing pain or tiredness of your muscles, you will notice that this is reduced afterwards as well.
The action used to perform a friction massage is that of small circular motions which easily enable your masseuse to get to those harder-to-reach muscles.
Throughout your deep tissue massage, your masseuse will probably ask you to breath deeply as they begin to massage your more tense and painful areas. Once your message is complete you may have to endure a day or two of stiffness, however, this will subside and you will feel much better.
Much like with any exercise or massage, drinking water afterwards is a great way to flush out metabolic waste and help your body to recover. If you continue to feel any pain after a few days make sure to get in touch with your massage therapist or doctor.
Thai foot massage
One of the signature massages of Thailand is, of course, the Thai foot massage. This message is used to alleviate pain, improve circulation, reduce stress and improve your mood. Other benefits include:
- Improvements in your Immune System
- Improvements in your lymphatic drainage
- Improvements in your Flexibility
- Improvements in your quality of sleep
- Improvements in your concentration levels and state of mind
- Improvements in your bodies ability to self-heal.
The massage itself focuses both on your feet and the lower legs. This treatment is incredibly relaxing and will work to hugely decrease your levels of stress and promote a feeling of calmness and clarity.
Whilst this message is called a “Thai foot massage”, it actually incorporates elements from various massage styles including Chinese massage, Shiatsu and Reflexology.
For those who work long hours and suffer from foot pain or tiredness of the feet, this message will help to invigorate you and increase the circulation within your feet. This, amongst the increase in flexibility, will help to alleviate any pain you may be having and leave you in a state of tranquillity.
This massage is suitable for people of all ages, however, like any message, you will be expected to have a full consultation before you start.
Shiatsu is a form of massage/therapy that enhances the bodies natural healing properties. The beauty of this type of massage, like many others, is that it heightens your emotional and spiritual self as well as helping your body to function. Initially, it’s origins lie in Japan and continued to be used in Chinese medicine to this day.
The goal of Shiatsu is to use pressure and a whole host of massage techniques to improve the structure
of your body and in turn works to make you feel amazing afterwards. This massage is relaxing and relatively pain-free.
This massage can be performed slightly differently depending on the masseuse you choose to book with, these vary depending on the amount of time they spend on acupuncture points, energy work or body-work. Make sure to specify your preferences when you choose to book.
Zen Shiatsu A combination of Shiatsu, western and Chinese influences were incorporated by Shizuto Masunaga to improve the previously used Shiatsu massage. The emphasis in this massage lies in the stimulation of energy flow which is triggered by various exercises known as the makko ho.
Essential oils are combined with massage oil to make improvements in the limbic system. Through inhaling, or absorbing (through the skin) essential oils, aromatherapy massage is a great way to reduce stress and alleviate joint and muscle pains.
Some conditions which Aromatharpy helps to combat are:
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Digestives disorder
Essential oils have a plethora of healing properties, each depending on the particular essential oils used.
Not only does Aromatherapy help to combat health conditions, it also helps to: Calm the body: When using Chamomile, lavander or geranium essentail oils.
Energize the body: When using Rosemary essential oils. Decongest the body: Eucalyptus, pine, tea tree Improve your State of Mind: Using Ylang-Yland, Clary sage, Rose or Neroli essential oils. When you book in for an aromatherapy massage you’ll have the correct essential oils chosen for your message depending on the symptoms which you tell your masseuse.
To learn more about essential oils visit: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils
Overall Aromatherapy is one of the most relaxing and tranquil massage experiences and is definitely
worth trying out if you haven’t thus far.
Japanese Facial Massage
The Japanese have developed a facial massage that works towards making your skin look and feel
younger and fresher, but how and why does this work?
The Japanese Tsubo facial massage helps to increase the circulation of blood in the face and due to this, many people notice a positive improvement within a very short time-frame. This massage even helps to reduce wrinkles and like many massages helps to remove toxins from the face. The numerous benefits of this massage include:
- A reduction of wrinkles
- A healthy “glow”
- Stress reduction
- Help to fix pigmentation problems
- The rectification of broken capillaries
- Improvements in Circulation
Clearly, this massage is worth the try for anybody looking to improve the appearance and health of their
face, but how is it carried out?
1. First your massuese will apply a lotion or moisturizer
2. Next they will begin to massage the centre of your forehead, moving outwards in small circles.
3. After this, they will sleep the toxins towards your nose
4. Shortly after, you will notice your massuese massaging around your mouth and chin.
5. Once they have completed this, they will begin to work the toxins away from your face and towards
your ears with small spirals
6. The next step is for the massuese to work from the corners of your mouth towards your temples,
7. Your masseuse will then massage from your eyebrows around to your nose
8. Finally they will bring the massage to around your eyes
This massage is incredibly relaxing and is a sure-fire way to safely reduce stress and improve your
Reflexology is a method of massage, also known as zone therapy. Through this a massage will apply
pressure to different parts of the hands, feed, ears, face and lower leg to improve health and well-being. Your massuese will use their fingers, hands and lotion to massage specific zones and work towards
improving your health.
There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of this massage and due to this I would personally opt for a massage that will more likely help.
Erotic / Special Massages
Whilst most massages are relatively PG, numerous people forget about the many erotic massages which are available both in Thailand and overseas.
Booking a special massage in Thailand isn’t just for the sexual aspect, there are many health benefits associated to these massages and they can even improve your fertility rate and sex life in future. Read on to find out more about special massages!
Body to Body Massage
The famous Thai practice of body to body massage is incredibly popular both in and out of Thailand. This
massage provides you with a multitud of benefits, including physical, emotional and spiritual improvements.
The beauty of this massage is that you are able to receive a full-body treatment which leaves you feeling incredibly relaxed and rewarded. By booking with a professional masseuse you can expect the following benefits:
- An improvement in mind-state
- An improvement in circulation
- A release of physical and emotional tension
- A decrease in stress/anxiety
- A remedy for joint and muscular pain.
Your masseuse will use her body and oils to increase your sexual energy, help you to relax and stimulate recovery which is great after a work-out. Due to the nature of this type of massage, men have been known to enjoy multiple orgasms which is of course quite rare; so how you ask?
1. First your masseuse will use oils on both herself and your body.
2. After this, your masseuse will start from your feet and slowly massage higher up your body.
3. Your masseuse will use her fingers, hands, feet and breasts to message you and stimulate your sexual energy.
Of course, this message isn’t for everyone; however, if you can get past your nerves and give it a try you’ll come out feeling fantastic. The way in which this massage is carried out varies from masseuse to masseuse so make sure to book with somebody reliable.
If you’re in Thailand I’d recommend my favourite massage girls from Absolute Angels Bangkok.
If you’re not in Thailand then I’d recommend researching body to body massage parlours near you to make sure to receive the experience that you deserve.
Prostate massage probably isn’t for the more “vanilla” of you, however, prostate massage boasts numerous health benefits for men and can even treat illnesses such as prostatitis. The prostate gland is also known as the “male g-spot” and for good reason; this gland can stimulate an intense orgasm in males and like the female g-spot, takes a bit of skill or “tools of the trade” to stimulate properly.
A soapy massage is one of the most popular Thai massages and allows a client to get intimate with their
masseuse. Just as it sounds, a soapy massage is a massage where your masseuse will cover you in soapy water and use her body to make you bubbly and relaxed.
For those looking for a way to get wild and wet in the company of a gorgeous masseuse, maybe a soapy massage in Thailand is up your street?
Soapy massage isn’t just fun, it also has a range of health benefits which include:
- Improving skin elasticity
- Improving blood cirulation
- Reducing Stress
- Improving state of mind
When you go to book your soapy massage, you can expect your masseuse to take the following steps:
1. First, your masseuse will run a bath and undress
2. Next, they will bathe you and clean your body.
3. After this, your masseuse will bathe herself,
4. Once you have enjoyed this, your masseuse will get a bucket of soapy water and place you on a massage table, bed or mattress
5. Your masseuse will then use the combination of her body and the soapy water to massage your body, make sure to say if there are any spots, in particular, you feel stressed
6. Finally, you will be lead to a shower where you can clean the soap off yourself.
This massage is highly sensual and is a great way for those who have problems lasting long in the bedroom to improve their ability to do so. The sexual nature of this massage means that you will not only feel relaxed through the massage itself, but you will come out feeling satisfied as well (not to mention
you’ll have a great memory!)
Ball (Testicle) Massage
Taking care of your testicles is a practice not carried out by most men. Through this, health problems may arise and the neglect of your testicles will soon become evident. By booking a testicle massage you can look forward to both a fantastic feeling, as well as many health benefits such as:
- Increases blood circulation to the testicles and penis, improving the quality of your erections
- Increases amount of testosterone produced
- Increases quality of sperm and amount of semen you ejaculate
- Increases the size of your testicles
- Spots early signs of testicular cancer
Whilst this message doesn’t sound too popular, you’d be surprised, especially baring in mind the many
benefits to your health and “manlihood” which it encompasses. Whilst you can carry out a testicle massage on your own, it is advised that you see a professional masseuse which offers this service for it’s full benefits.
The art of Tantra, or Tantric massage, is a method of erotic massage which aims to combine yoga, bioenergetics and sexual therapy. Through this, clients are able to relax and explore their sexuality in a
safe and sensual environment.
When booking with a professional tantric masseuse, ensure that you choose carefully so that you’re able to make the most of your time with them and truly experience tantric massage at it’s finest.
This massage comes in few forms, some of which include the well known “lingam massage”, or, “yoni massage” respectively. Whilst there is an innate sexual aspect to tantric, much of it is about teaching clients to connect deeply with somebody, control their bodies and learn to allow every sense to run wild.
To ensure that your senses are enhanced, the masseuse will use aromatic oils, dim lighting and sometimes music to allow you to relax. Once you are sufficiently relaxed and your senses are heightened, your masseuse will start to tease and turn you on. This enhancement of your senses through teasing and sensual actions leads to a mind-blowingly powerful climax!