So as I have mentioned in previous posts, in May & June 2017 I visited Thailand.
While we stayed in Lamai, Koh Samui, I treated myself to a full body Thai massage (and no, I didn’t ask for a happy ending).
We stayed in Lamai Bayview Resort hotel which was really quiet & peaceful without excessive crowds, and in fact quite often we had the beach to ourselves, but that’s a different story.
I get a lot of back, hip, knee and shoulder pain. I am essentially really old before my time. Some are due to injuries (weak and minimal cartilage in my knees due to walking marathon training in 2014) and some are just chronic and unexplained, such as the repeated trapped nerves I get in my shoulders.
I had heard that Thai massages were quite harsh, not really for relaxing and that excited me. I find that in England, masseuses are too overly concerned about Health & Safety to properly get rid of my deep knots meaning I have to try and do it myself (probably damaging myself more).
At our hotel, there was a massage hut on the beach and I went not really knowing what to expect. Straight away she picked up on the tightness in my back and began manipulating my posture, not afraid to use her feet and legs as well as hands and arms which I found amusing.
She spent over an hour cracking my back, massaging and moving my shoulders – releasing a trapped nerve in the process, circling and pulling my hips and even cracking my neck. It honestly felt more like an osteopathy session rather than massage.
I loved it so much that I got another one just before we went home. I could suddenly walk for longer without feeling pain in my hips & knees and though it hurt more than a relaxing massage, it didn’t cause pain.
It only cost 300Baht which works out at around £7GBP for over an hour which I couldn’t fault at all. Especially when the view was as pictured above.