Although I am partial to a Spa treatment or two, a Traditional Thai Massage is something I’ve never experienced before.
Elements Treatments and Spa nearly put me to sleep I was so relaxed, which has never happened to me before.
Although many Thai traditional treatments don’t require you to take any clothing off, I was having an Aromatherapy Massage. In a cold winter month, being wrapped in clean, fresh towels & warm scented oils was just what I needed to unwind.
The room had been heated beforehand which made it cosy but not sweaty.
The room already smelled fresh, due to scented candles & presumably the Aromatherapy oils too.
The misuse left me to get changed & get ready, just like with any other massage.
The treatment began with a warm, damp flannel being used to clean the feet before oils were applied & the massage could begin.
The massage started from the feet & worked its way to the legs, then the back, arms, hands & neck. After finding tension in the shoulders & working to knead it out, hot stones were used to work further into the tesnsion. This was the part that nearly knocked me out & possibly the most relaxing experience I’ve had in a long time.
I never really thought much of the ability of massage for relieving ongoing pain. As you might have guessed, I spend a massive amount of time sat at a desk & because of this and other factors such as carrying a large bag to work, I tend to end up with pretty sore & tense shoulders & neck. It’s been about 3 days since my massage and it’s the longest I’ve gone without feeling any pain during my day at work.
Not only did I feel relaxed but it’s actually made my day to day life easier & I absolutely intend to keep returning to ensure I am no longer in pain. All the tension I was feeling in my muscles from walking, working out & sitting at my desk has melted away!