A Spa Oasis on a tropical island with astonishing temperatures.… what more could a woman ask for?
Yes, it probably does. But believe me when I say it didn’t feel extravagant, it felt like I was giving back to my body, thanking it for all it puts up with, in simple terms I was rejuvenating, rewarding my body in so many positive ways.
I know this is not possible for the majority of us, but take 10 days of your life and try it, I highly recommend it.
As a Spa Owner I know a lot of you will be able to relate when I say ‘’I don’t normally self-indulge in weekly massages’’ but we do all self-indulge somewhere along the way and how you do it is an individual preference – mine as you are about to see, is massage… I love massage! In saying that, these 10 days of spa-ing in Koh Samui was so much more and nothing will prepare you for this feast of spa activity!
Let me set the scene for this oasis indulgence, I had like what most do, tried to prepare my body for a tropical holiday with last minute weight loss, ha ha. I skipped the spray tan but booked the essentials hair removal before departure.
|We had planned our trip, my husband and I by pre booking into the destination spas as previously mentioned, and during our free days we planned to try local treatments from local Resort Spas, beach Massage tents, and the Chaweng and Fisherman’s village street establishments/spas.
There are a number of Spas on offer with and not all are equal, but they do all equate to Samui as a health Resort.
Samui is fast becoming the health center of the region, it has its host of health programs to choose from, including: colonic cleansing, weight loss, fasting and detoxification.
To compliment these internal treatments, the skin can be given a full service too. Face packs, foot packs, body wraps, and steam baths all helping in revitalizing and cleansing.
I have shared in previous articles that massage in Thailand is so reasonably priced and it is part of the Eastern culture. In fact, I once had a client who had two massages a day, he believed it’s what kept him so fit in mind, body and soul.
Traditional Thai massage, reflexology, yoga, tai-chi, aromatherapy, and acupuncture are only some of many massages available, helping relax the body and assist in rectifying ailing body functions. Spiritual awareness can also be refined through meditation classes.
We forgo the colonic cleansing and fasting on this trip, but it is on my bucket list for one day.
Our plan was to look in to the treatments on offer, the spa set ups, therapists skill, and the sensorial experience. What can we experience, learn and share with our Spa and Beauty industry in NZ.
Like many Spa locations around the world you have your typical treatments on offer, and when we look closely at working with the body we have our specialized therapists too.
As we are in the Eastern world, Thai massage and foot reflexology were the main treatments on my radar, and just before I left NZ, I was informed of the Herbal Thai compress Massages.
Below is a brief description of these treatments written by Ricardo Neuman Therapist/trainer at Tamarind Springs.
Thai Massage, One of the world’s great massage traditions
A blending of the technique of manipulating the energy which travels throughout your body (meridians in Chinese medicine, Sen line in Thai massage), and the yoga traditions of India. It is practiced in different forms reflecting different schools and traditions.
Thai massage wonderful for the legs and overall balancing of energy, it’s done with the person clothed, without the use of oil. Your energy lines are pressed by the therapist’s thumbs, and then the palms, in a gentle and complete pattern. After your body is loosened up, gentle stretchers are done. Different body areas are massaged more than one time, so two hours is not excessively long for a complete treatment.
It’s good for tight muscles, low energy levels, and stress. But the stretching involved isn’t good for people with certain back problems, such as herniated disks, and infused spinal bones. And if you are not flexible, then you may be sore the next day.
Sharing just a little of my personal experience, my body felt so loose, like it had been unwound and all my ligaments and tendons were in a relaxed state. I absolutely enjoyed the deep pressure enforced by the therapist standing with two feet on my body. The weight transformation was incredible yet not damaging. Thai massage will not suit all, my husband did not enjoy the experience and chose to receive oil based massage.
The best known foot massage is called reflexology. And in Thailand, it’s usually done Chinese style. Small tools are often used to rub the sides and tops of your toes, and the massage is very firm. Some people find it too hard and even painful, whilst others love it. This massage style was introduced as an official style at the Wat Po massage-technique temple in Bangkok so many years ago.
The best known foot massage is called reflexology. And in Thailand, it’s usually done Chinese style. Small tools are often used to rub the sides and tops of your toes, and the massage is very firm.
|The best known foot massage is called reflexology. And in Thailand, it’s usually done Chinese style. Small tools are often used to rub the sides and tops of your toes, and the massage is very firm. Some people find it too hard and even painful, whilst others love it. This massage style was introduced as an official style at the Wat Po massage-technique temple in Bangkok so many years ago.
Reflexology in Europe and America is different than the Chinese style, where only hands are used to rub your feet. Besides firm pressure, the
|therapist will pinch the sides of your feet and use their fingertips to work certain areas of your toes, and top and bottom of your feet very thoroughly. This method can also be intense but, without the stick, less people find it painful.
As connoisseurs of foot reflexology we have experienced different styles here and around the world, personally I like firm foot reflexology
A kind of Thai massage in which herbs are wrapped tightly in cloth, steamed, and the herbal bundles are then touched or pressed to your body. The addition of heat to the technique makes for a powerfully therapeutic massage. It’s especially good for deep muscle aches and joint pain.
|My husband and I enjoyed full body Pra Korp, as well as scalp, and facial Pra Korp during a facial treatment. Scent of herbs lingers and enhances your experience while the heat just melts away your tension. A firm pressure installed confidence in the therapist’s hands and assisted toxin release from the body.|
Above is just a brief description of some of the Thai Massages available, the price of such massages are incredibly low compared to western rates, and it’s worth trying out several therapists to get knowledge on different techniques.
A beach massage is enjoyable, a respite from sunbathing for an hour, as can the air conditioned massage offered by many practices dotted around the island. But without a doubt the best way to savor the experience totally is to go to one of the specialty spas. Here Sauna, steam, shower, pools and a whole host of other body pampering services are available. This is exactly what we did, our specialty facilities being Tamarind Springs, Six Senses Spa, and Banyan Tree. You need to experience these destination/specialty spas to fully comprehend, however I will do my best to conjure my experience to you in upcoming articles which will review these three spas and others.