thai massage around paradise city ...
This ancient therapeutic practice has been learnt and handed down in Thailand for some 2,500 years. A whole book, or books, could be written about the subject, but it is only our intention here to introduce you to some of the basic principles.
It is worth pointing out from the start that despite Thailand's reputation for naughty nigthlife, only a tiny fraction of massage palours engage in "extra-curricular" activities. The vast majority are bona fide massage establishments and are strictly regulated, allowing only government certified masseurs, with the requisite skills, to practice there.
The Thai method of massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along energy lines in the body to adjust skeletal structure, increase flexibility, relieve muscular and joint tension, stimulate internal organs and balance the body's energy system. After a massage, you will feel relaxed and invigorated. Some have likened it do doing yoga (without all the effort) and receiving acupressure at the same time!
A session will usually last two hours with the recipient lying on a floormat in loose fitting clothing. Gentle pressure is applied with the hands and feet and there will be some passive stretching. The therapy is suitable both both young and old, the healthy and the not so healthy. A good practitioner is able to relieve stress and allow your body to regain flexibility and ease of movement. You should remember that the practice has been followed for countless generations and is well accepted in The East as an alternative form of medicine.
There are a multitude of massage establishments in Hua Hin now. It will be impossible to list them all. Some are significantly better than others. One that stands out for special mention is on Petchkasem Road, just before The Royal Palace and next to Golden Place. This a Royal Project and massage is carried out by the blind. You will be in very capable hands. Most major hotels have a professional massage service as well.
Prices vary, but as a general rule of thumb you can expect to pay 300-600 Baht for a two hour traditional massage and up to 1,200 Baht for a two hour aromatheraputic oil massage. It really is something that you should experience at least once when you visit Hua Hin.