Who doesn’t like a good massage?
Whether with or without a happy ending, getting your muscles rubbed by someone is a great way to relax, feel good and prepare your body for whatever your days and nights may have to offer.
A massage is a great way to start working off a hangover, or feel better after a long plane ride. If you ever decide to ride third class on a train in Thailand you will definitely want a hot and heavy massage as soon as you reach your destination.
Unlike in America, massage houses in Thailand are not seedy places and are never raided by the cops, so you can get what you are looking for without ever worrying about getting busted.
That said, getting a massage in Thailand is not primarily a sexual experience. Instead it is a part of a long Thai tradition, coming from their Buddhist respect for the body.
Before you go off for a massage, however, you should figure out exactly what you want, because there is a huge difference between the two primary types of massage available.
Both types of massage are fun – and both are available with or without something special at the end, yet they offer very different experiences.
Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional massage in Thailand began more than 2,500 and is steeped in their Buddhist world view.
The Thais believe that there are invisible energy lines that run through every human body. Those lines can be harnessed through 10 primary pressure points.
Using their thumbs, Thai masseurs stimulate these 10 points in order to gain access to your primary energy lines.
Because the masseur needs to be able to place his own body in traditional positions, traditional Thai massage is performed on a mat on the floor rather than on a raised table as is common in the west.
In theory stimulating the 10 primary energy lines through your body is designed to stimulate:
Your Physical Well Being
Your Spirit In This World And The Next
Your Perfect Emotional Balance
Pressing the points is intended to initially lead to a state of relaxation and then meditation.
Along the way bad energy is released from the body so that good energy can flow in and take its place.
At the start of your massage the guy will ask you if you have any medical conditions.
It is very important for you to answer this question honestly!
If you don’t tell your masseur about problems, he or she may touch points that could make the condition worse. On the other hand, depending on your condition, he may now places to rub you that can make the condition feel better.
Never, ever lie to your masseur!
What may surprise you about a traditional Thai massage is how often he will touch your hands and feet. These are considered two of the most important parts of your body. For this reason it is very important for you to make sure your hands and feet are squeaky clean before the massage begins!
In the West, many of our massage therapists simply take courses and are then certified to rub our muscles. This is not so true in Thailand.
In this culture massage is an honored profession and is almost always passed down through the family. That means that the man who is rubbing your body learned from his father, who learned from his father, and so on – sometimes going back thousands of years!
Before your massage begins your masseur may begin with an ancient chant in order to bring both of you into harmony. At the end of the massage he will again repeat the chant as a way of separating your two souls and sending you out into the world as a new, free man.
All in all traditional Thai massage can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours depending on how much work needs to be done on your body and where you have chosen to get your massage.
Traditional Thai massage is almost never rushed!
Since more and more Americans started visiting the country in the 1960s and 1970s a new form of massage has started to become popular in Thailand.
These new Thai masseurs use many elements of Western massage and combine them with their own traditions to create what is now called Soapy Massage. In some sections of Bangkok this is also called Body Massage.
Soapy massage is a much more sexual and sensual experience than traditional Thai massage. When you choose a Soapy massage you are much more likely to get a “happy ending” when your rub down is done.
When you purchase a soapy massage you can select one or more masseurs – often depending on how attractive you find them.
The massage person will then draw a very soapy bath (hence the name) that you will share. Everyone in the bath will help to soap and wash themselves, so that you are always squeaky clean before the massage begins.
Once you get out of the bath you will again be laid out on a mat on the floor naked.
Instead of trying to hit pressure points to stimulate energy in your body, the masseur or masseurs will concentrate on rubbing and relaxing your major muscles groups – much the same way it would be done in the west.
Go Out And Get Your Rub Down!
Now that you know enough about getting a massage in Thailand to know what kind of massage you want to get, all you have to do is find the right place for your rub down.
In every city, there are some great places for the massage. A good place to start looking for a good massage house is in our city guide sections or in our message boards. Still, massage houses come and go, so you might also want to ask the concierge at your hotel to ask about a reputable establishment near you.
Many hotels also have their own in house masseurs on staff, so you may be able to arrange a good massage then and there.
Whatever you choose, you will love feeling your troubles rubbed away buy a cute Thai!
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