That’s how they say “Welcome” or “Hello” in Thai. I recently went for a Thai massage at one of the regular places I go to and realised I’d never told you about it – so after sneaking some photos during my most recent session, here it is 🙂
Touches de Siam the place I go to in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Kuala Lumpur. I believe it is now part of a chain of Thai massage centers under the Thai Odyssey brand but it was the first to be set up I believe. I’ve been going there on and off since they opened quite a few years ago whenever I feel like a bit of Thai massage and do not want to fly all the way to Bangkok for it 😛
Part of the reason I go to Touches de Siam is because I found that their Thai traditional massage was quite “authentic” in that it was similar to what I had in Bangkok. Also, the prices weren’t all that insanely expensive compared to aromatherapy massages. Granted, it is still substantially more expensive than in Bangkok where I have paid about RM35 for a 2 hour massage, compared to RM98/2 hours at Touches de Siam. But I get a pretty good massage and I think that the price isn’t all that bad considering I’d have to factor in airline costs if I want to pay RM35/2 hours 😛
What is a Thai Traditional Massage?
Thai traditional massages are where the masseuse massages your muscles using the various parts of their body to assert pressure, and stretching your muscles as they go. It can sometimes be painful if you aren’t used to strong pressure so be sure to let your masseuse know if you feel pain.
How best to enjoy a Thai Traditional massage?
The best way to enjoy a Thai Traditional massage is to go limp and let the masseuse manoeuvre your limbs any way they want. This way, you will not feel pain if you resist the movements and there is better “flow”. I have found that the masseuses at Touches de Siam seem to know what they are doing, so I don’t end up feeling bruised after a session. In Bangkok or even in other centers, I’ve actually felt uncomfortable and bruised after the massage.