Thai spa treatments draw upon an ancient healing system that works with your body’s ‘sen’ or energy meridian lines. Techniques combine acupressure (from Chinese medicine), stretching and posture correction (from yogic influences), Buddhist philosophy (the encouragement of healthy lifestyle and correct energy balance) and Ayurveda(traditional Indian medicine principles). The aim of a Thai treatment is to encourage the correct flow of energy around your body, bringing harmony and balance to your physical and mental state. This can help relieve stress and anxiety, raise energy levels, and promote an overall feeling of relaxation and contentment.
Traditional Thai massage uses mainly acupressure and muscle stretching to free the body of blocked energy and achieve natural harmony and balance. During the treatment you will be fully clothed and lay on a mat on the floor. Your therapist will use their hands, feet, elbows, forearms and knees to manipulate and relax your body. You can read more on Thai massage in our Thai massage feature, with expert advice from head therapist at SenSpa at Careys Manor.
Thai herbal poultices are hot compresses of herbs tightly bound into fabric. They are pressed and massaged all over your body to soothe muscles and stimulate the senses. The most common herbs used in Thai poultices are turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir lime, camphor tree, cinnamon and tamarin, all of which smell divine. Spa by Kasia’s Su-Ko-Upper Body Bliss Massage uses sweet orange, kaffir lime and ginger poultices, while The Peak integrates warm poultices into a Maphrao Exfoliating Massage which begins with a red-jasmine body scrub and follows with hot poultices and a Thai style massage. For a wide selection of poultice massage and rituals, see Carden Park’s Espa poultice treatments menu.
Thai foot massage works to unblock energy channels from the feet and legs, drawing upon reflexology techniques. A Thai foot ritual at a spa might involve a therapist washing or exfoliating your feet in herbal water or scrubs, working the ‘sen’ points with hands or a stick, and massaging Thai-inspired essential oils such as eucalyptus, camphor or jasmine into the skin. You can have a Thai Foot Massage at Rockliffe Hall in County Durham.
Thai spa rituals
Thai ritual treatments combine a mix of the above techniques to provide an ultimate pampering experience. They might also include oils, a scrub or a mask. You can find Thai rituals at all-Thai spas in the UK, and occasionally on the treatment menus of spas using Asian techniques. Here are some of our favourite UK Thai-inspired spas:
Set in the heart of the New Forest, SenSpa at Careys Manor embraces a full Thai theme from the décor to the treatments to the Thai restaurant. We love their Sen Fusion Massage, a full body massage which combines Thai, Shiatsu, Ayurvedic and Swedish techniques and scented oil.
The Thai Spa at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland is decorated in warm burgundy tones and Thai wall murals, with dark furniture and colourful silk cushions. Add on the extensively Thai themed spa menu and you have an Asian spa paradise. Lough Erne’s Thai Herbal Healer signature experience uses full body massage, warm herbal poultices, and essential oils to melt away tension and diffuse heat throughout your body.
At Thai Square Spa in London you will find a genuine Thai experience hidden away from the busy city bustle. Their Body Revival Ritual consists of a scented body scrub, Thai ritual massage with hot herbal compresses and pressure point manipulation. You can also have an Essential Body Glow which includes a rejuvenating essential oil massage followed by a cocooning mask of Thai flavours turmeric, lemongrass, ylang ylang and honey.