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Bangkok Massage

Traditional Thai Massage
Like many aspects of Thai culture, traditional Thai massage derives its origins from ancient India, and arrived in Thailand through Buddhist missionary monks who were also trained as healers. Along with the spread of Buddhist faith, the traditional massage techniques gained popularity for their abilities to relieve ailments like backaches, headaches, tension, and fevers.
First time recipients are often amazed at its rejuvenating abilities, especially after a cramped, long-haul plane ride or a tense day hunched over their computers at work. Many people may think of massages as self-indulgent pampering, but Thai massage's surprising rejuvenating abilities come from the fact that it is actually a holistic therapy with ancient roots in traditional medicine and has been practiced over the centuries as a form of healing.

Thai massage technique is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running along our bodies. It is linked to the ancient Indian yoga philosophy that our life energy is supplied to our bodies along 72,000 lines that run along our bodies. That's why some of the stretching poses of Thai massage resemble the stretching poses of yoga - to give the body the same holistic benefits. Thai massage focuses on ten key energy lines along our bodies and uses pressure techniques to release the blocked energy along those lines.

Along with releasing blocked energy, there's a spiritual element to Thai massage as well. It's believed that the masseuse is healing the recipient by giving love to the patient through his or her hands. Back in ancient times, the masseuse would say a prayer to centre the mind in a meditative mood before performing a healing massage. This meditative awareness gives the masseuse the power to sense the energy flow and blockages in the recipient's body so that the ailing parts can be healed. When done properly, the masseuse should feel as relaxed as the recipient, because Thai massage is supposed to be a spiritual act that nourishes both the giver and the recipient.

Thai massage is very different from other types of massage. Unlike western massages, Thai massage doesn't use oils and you remain fully clothed. A pair of clean, loose-fitting cotton pyjamas is always supplied for you to change into at the start of the Thai massage. The masseuse uses pressure and stretching techniques, done in a rhythmic, rocking motion. A Thai massage session usually lasts two hours; for the most part, you are lying prone on your back or stomach, but the massage ends with a series of stretches in which the masseuse twists and flips your body sideways, backwards and forwards.

Instead of the standard massage table, Thai massage is done on a mattress on the floor. The masseuse uses her thumbs, arms, elbows, knees and feet, so expect her to climb all over your body and even walk on your back. Don't be alarmed or embarrassed if you find the masseuse suddenly on top of you straddling your groin area - its all part of the traditional technique. Like most Thai people, Thai masseuses are usually quite friendly and may chat or giggle to put you at ease, but there's no need to strike up a conversation with the masseuse, nor is it expected. The best way to enjoy the experience is to simply lie back, close your eyes, relax and let the masseuse do her work. At some point you may actually fall into a snooze as y our aches and tensions get kneaded away.

After a Thai massage, it is normal to find your body aching in places that didn't ache before. That's because some people may suffer from repressed stress or tension that has made their muscles tense unconsciously. This muscle tension may be so subtle that it's unnoticeable by the sufferer, but these tensed up muscles are the cause of energy blockages in the body. These energy blockages are released during Thai massage, which causes the resulting discomfort. A few more massage sessions usually relieves this type of ache.

History of Thai Massage
The Traditional Medical Massage of Thailand, more commonly known as Thai Massage, is one of the world's oldest healing modalities. It originated in India during the Buddha's lifetime, over 2500 years ago, and was brought to this world by a saint, the "Father Doctor Shivago Komarpahj", a contemporary of the Buddha and some say his personal physician and the physician to the King of India.

As Buddhism spread out from India, this healing medicine spread with it. Early in its development it found its way to Southeast Asia where, for centuries, it was performed by monks as one element of indigenous Thai medicine. The Thai people, like many others in the orient, saw illness as an imbalance in the body/mind/spirit and they would seek help at the local temple. They were treated with the four elements of traditional Thai medicine:

  • nutritional counseling (focusing on diet)
  • herbs (given both internally and externally)
  • spiritual counseling (primarily meditation and the Buddhist principles)
  • and Thai Massage (which formed the backbone of the physical treatment).

While its evolution is clouded by the passage of time and the lack of written records, one can see that it is greatly influenced by yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine from the movements (which often mimic the asanas of yoga) and attention to pressure points (similar to the nadis of Ayurveda and meridians of Chinese medicine).

Thailand is situated along the great trade route between India and China. Its history and culture, along with its medicine, is affected by its location. While Thai massage appears to have its roots in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, there has been some research* which suggests the terminology used is more closely akin to Ayurveda, possibly indicating a closer alliance with India. However, many scholars believe India to be the root source of Chinese medicine also, so it is possible the Thais simply had a greater familiarity with the Indian language, particularly since this tradition was handed down along with the sacred Buddhist teachings, often inscrolled in the Indian languages of Pali or Sanskrit.

Traditional Thai massage today still retains elements of this strong spiritual connection. Practitioners start their work day with a prayer to the Father Doctor, which is recited in the original Pali language, and are remined of the Four Divine States of Mind of the Buddhist teachings: compassion, loving kindness, joy, and balance. For one must begin with compassion - for self as well as for others - and from that compassion springs forth loving kindness - or simply the wish for well - which leads to a feeling of vicarious joy which enables one to find balance or equanimity in life.

Thai massage has undergone a subtle shift as a result of western influences, which greatly increased in the 1950's and continue to this day. Traditionally practiced in Buddhist temples by monks specializing in this "manual manipulation", the work in Thailand today is no longer limited to the temple setting. When western medicine came into vogue, traditional medicine suffered a downswing. It went somewhat underground, and re-emerged years later after western medicine was no longer viewed as always superior. There was undoubtedly always a "folk" element, being the massages given by family members to each other within their villages, particularly as women were not allowed into the temples and so could not receive Thai massage from the monks. Now Thai massage is practiced throughout Thailand, at massage schools, old traditional hospitals, in hotels catering to westerners, on the beaches, and seemingly around every street corner where there is an enterprising Thai! Some of these venues are not legitimate, particularly within Bangkok, and many therapists have received only minimal training. Yet other venues offer astounding treatments by masters of this blend of stretching, acupressure, meditation, and healing art. There is still much to be learned from the traditional practitioners within Thailand.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Angel Massage
Sukhumvit Soi 26 (Bangkok)
Oil massage & thai massage.
Young ladies. Oil 2 hour 800b : Thai traditional massage 2 hour 300b.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Aviva Massage
4/10 Sukhumvit Soi 8 (first soi on the right)
Oil massage & thai massage.
Oil 2 hours : 800 B
Thai traditional massage 2 hours : 500 B

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Bam Bam Massage
314/6 Sukhumvit Soi 22 10110 Bangkok
We open from 10.00am to 01.00am midnight. We provide Thai Traditional massage, Oil Massage, Aroma Therapy Massage, Body Massage and Foot massage.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Banny Massage
We provide service at your place. 24 hours
Thai massage 2h/600 bath
Oil massage2h/800 bath

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Lotus Barber & Massage
660-2 Sukhumvit Soi 24
Corner of Sukhumvit Road and Sukhumvit Soi 24
(near The Emporium , next to 7/11), Bangkok

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Comfort Massage
267/4 Sukhumvit Soi 22 (across from Coffee Max)
We offer Foot Massage, Thai massage, Oil Massage, Aroma Oil Massage, Special Oil Massage and Ball (testicle) massage. Open daily from 10AM until 12 Midnight.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Euro Massage
249 Sukumvit Soi 31 BKK
Euro inn Hotel 3rd Floor

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Eye House
Sukumvit Soi 39
BTS Phrom Phong Station (Exit E3)

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Friend's Barber & Massage
16/3 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

We are located only 200 metres away from sukhumvit in a clean and attractive building which has been newly refurbished. We emphasise customer satisfaction and quality of service. Experienced and qualified staff to provide full and excellent. Thaditonal thai massage. Reflexology. Oil massage.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Golden Massage
560 KlaoSiam Condo, Bangkok
Thai massage, special oil massage, foot massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Grand Variety
Special Oil Massage: (2 hrs)
Thai Massage: (2 hrs)
Body Massage: (2 hrs)

Bangkok Massage Parlour - J.D. Thai Massage
Lang Suan Road, between Soi 4/5 Opposite Peng Seng Mansion Nearest Skytrain Chitlom
Thai Traditional Massage, Super Oil Massage, Foot Reflexology

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Koko Massage
Koko 1
714/5 Sukhumvit Road, between Soi 26-28,

Koko 2
61/47, Sukhumvit Soi 26, opp. Four Wings Hotel

Our services include Thai tradional massage, oil massage, foot massage and body massage. We also provide outside service. You can call for a massage in your hotel room or apartment.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Kornwan Massage
18/13 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Sukhumvit Road,
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Lek Massage
3/4 Sukhumvit Soi 24
Oil massage and thai massage.
Opposite Emporium, soi 7ELEVEN at Sukhumvit Soi 24

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Lisa's Massage
38/11 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Sukhumvit Road (near Jade Pavilion Hotel), Bangkok
Thai massage, oil massage, foot massage, milk oil-massage, body massage. Visiting service: Thai masage, Super Oil Massage, Body Massage, Milk oil-massage, Aroma Theraphy oil massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Magic House Massage
Sukhumvit Soi 39 (150 m from Phrom Phong BTS station)

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Magic Touch
Traditinal thai massage. Oil massage. Body massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Massage by Get
24 hour outcall massage. 2 hr oil massage, 2 hr body massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Mermaid Thai Massage
22/1-2 Sukhumvit Soi 11 (Opposite Federal Hotel) Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
Thai massage, ointment massage, foot reflexology and body treatment.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Nadia Thai Massage Club & Karaoke Restaurant
159-162 Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320
Thai massage, oil massage, foot massage, sauna, karaoke and restaurant

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Nirvana Massage
Nirvana Massage 1
Sukhumvit Soi 23 About 5 min walk from BTS/MTR Asoke

Nirvana Massage 2
Sukhumvit Soi 3 About 5 min walk from BTS Phrom Phong

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Ogoto Massage
69 Saladaeng Soi1, Opposite Anna Cafe,
Silom Road, Bangkok 10500

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Oranges Massage
Sukhumvit Soi 31
We have Aroma Massage 2hrs 1,000B.Oil Massage 2hrs 800B.Thai Traditional Massage 2hrs 400B.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Orient Massage
1/9 Sukhumvit Soi24, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Orchid Massage
Sukhumvit Soi 31
We take pride in our shop which offer you various types of massage.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Patou Massage
Thai, Oil, Aroma & Foot Massages by real pro. masseuees. Offering many varieties of massage course you can desire by no limit, even ear clean. We use the best aroma oil in town that so many fragrances can be chosen.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Peppermint Massage
1/36 - 37 Sukhumvit 39 (Promphong BTS Station) Wattana Bangkok 10110
Thai, Oil, Aroma & Foot Massages by real pro. masseuees. Offering many varieties of massage course you can desire by no limit, even ear clean. We use the best aroma oil in town that so many fragrances can be chosen.

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Poppy Massage
Thai massage, oil massage, body massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Sabai Sabai Massage
64/2 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
Thai massage, ointment massage, foot reflexology, room service available

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Sawadee Hatawe
(near Airport Donmuang) 72/43-44 Pracha-Utid Rd. Moo 4, Tanbon Sikun
Donmuang District, Bangkok 10210 Thailand
Traditional Thai Massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - S.L. Traditional Thai Massage
Room 174, 176 10th Floor, Silom-Surawong Condominium
43/174, 176 Soi Anuman Rajdhon, Surawong Road, Bangkok (enter via Silom Soi 6)
Thai massage, special oil massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Sue's Relaxation and Traditional Thai Massage
Omni Tower Sukhumvit 69, Soi 4 (Nanatai), Klongtoey,
Lobby up stairs or book by phone
We provide Relaxation Massage in our Shop

Bangkok Massage Parlour - T Barber & Massage
205/1 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Sukhumvit Road
Thai massage, ointment massage, foot reflexology and beauty services

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Thonglor Massage
Sukhumvit Soi 55, 61/4-5 @ 2nd Floor, Bangkok
Thai Traditional Massage, Aromatheraphy Oil Massage, Foot Reflexology, Oil Massage

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Tulip Masssage
806/2-3 Sukhumvit Road (near Thonglor junction, same side as Suk. Soi 38)
Thonglor BTS station Phrakanong, Bangkok

Bangkok Massage Parlour - Wonderland Massage

Traditional Thai Massage (500B/2 hrs), Relax Oil Massage (700B/2 hrs), Excellent Body Massage (1,600B/2 hrs), Wonderland Massage (2,500B/2 hrs)

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