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Experience Thai-Style Natural Healing

Thai-Style Natural Healing
A massage to restore balance among the elements. A herbal sauna to cleanse and rejuvenate the body. A herbal pack to calm nerves and redirect the energy. All this may sound very New Age in the West, but it has been part of daily life here for centuries.

Before the arrival of modern medicine, herbalists filled the dual role of doctor-pharmacist. Originally, village doctors were monks or former monks, since Buddhist temples were the center of learning, not only of religion but of more worldly matters like astrology and medicine as well.

Thai traditional medicine holds that the body has four elements: wind, water, earth and fire, and ill health results from an imbalance between them. To remedy an ailment, the village "doctor" would make a herbal pack for the patient to ingest, rub onto the skin, or add to a steam compress. Another major component of traditional medicine is energy. When the energy lines are blocked, the individual will become ill, physically or emotionally. A massage or sauna would be prescribed.
Experience Thai Massage

Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massage is a proven physical therapy that dates back to ancient India sometime before the lifetime of Buddha. It has been practiced here for centuries, and many swear by it as effective cure for common ailments such as aches and pains, fevers and nervous strains.

Traditional massage reached the peak of popularity in the early 18th century. King Rama III, great-grandfather of the present monarch, had all available knowledge on the subject gathered and inscribed on stone slabs. These now stand on a corner of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), along with stone figures of rishis demonstrating various massage postures. You can try this ancient therapy in its original form at the temple; masseuses trained at Wat Pho massage school offer their service seven days a week at very reasonable prices.

Most hotels rated three stars and above offer traditional massage as part of their health and fitness services. All the spa resorts include it in their therapy programs. Despite common misconceptions, clothes stay on the whole time. If you are interested in learning the techniques, Wat Pho’s massage school offers a 10-day course that costs 6,000 baht. Contact the school, in the temple’s compounds, Chetupon Road.
Thai-Style Herbal Therapies

Herbal Therapies
Herbal sauna is no newcomer to Thailand. For many centuries people with just about any kind of affliction would visit a sauna, where herbal packs formulated just for the ailment would be added to a water heater. The resulting steam would be absorbed both through the nose and the skin. The heat also sweated out toxins and cleansed the pores. As recently as the beginning of this century, hundreds of these saunas existed in Thailand, but with the arrival of modern medicine most of these went out of business. But even today, home-made herbal sauna - along with a diet regimen packed with herbs is the post-natal therapy Thai women, especially those living in the countryside still swear by. Herbs also dominated Thai women’s beauty and skincare regimens. Sour tamarind worked wonders as a body scrub, for example, while crushed turmeric would be rubbed onto the skin to keep it soft and smooth. With the recent revival in holistic therapies, indigenous herbs are being discovered anew for their health and beauty benefits.
Natural Healing Facilities
Herbs also dominated Thai women’s beauty and skincare regimens. Sour tamarind worked wonders as a body scrub, for example, while crushed turmeric would be rubbed onto the skin to keep it soft and smooth. With the recent revival in holistic therapies, indigenous herbs are being discovered anew for their health and beauty benefits.
Modern SPA Experience
Modern SPA Experience
Spa treatments are now such a rage that it’s easy to forget that as recently as six years ago there was no spa facility here. Soon after the opening of Banyan Tree Spa Phuket in 1987, Thailand started to gain a reputation as a new spa destination. The country now has five spas that are attracting new groups of visitors, some of whom planning their trips as pure spa vacation.
Health Centers and Spas
Central
Bangkok Hua Hin & Cha - Am Other Places
Amari Atrium Clark Hatch Fitness Center AKA Resort Avatarn Miracle Uthaithani
Amari Watergate Clark Hatch Fitness Center Banyan Resort & Golf Ananda Museum Gallery Hotel
Dusit Thani Spa and Fitness Center i Tara Resort & Spa Baan Amphawa
Emerald Hotel Health Club Let's Sea Hua Hin AL Fresco Resort Dheva Mantra
Four Seasons Hotel Golden Beach Cha-Am Hotel Health Center Pung-Waan Kwai Yai Resort
Grand Hyatt Erawan Spa & Fitness Center Grand Pacific Sovereign Resort Mida Golf Club Kanchanaburi
Imperial Queens Park Spa Putahracsa Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa
Montien Riverside Hotel Bangkok Purimuntra Resort and Spa River Kwai Resotel
Rama Gardens Sports Complex The Privacy Beach Resort & Spa The Legendha
The Oriental Spa Thai Health and Beauty Center Yaiya Resort The Sukhothai Heritage Resort
East
Pattaya - Chonburi Rayong - Koh Samet Koh Chang
Amari Orchid Pattaya Centara Sappaya Rayong AANA Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Kantary Bay Rayong Amari Emerald Cove
Dor Shada Resort Le Vimarn Cottages & Spa Chang Buri Resort & Spa
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Le Blanc Samed Resort FuramaXclusive Resort & Spa Aiyapura
Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort & Spa Lima Coco Resort Gajapuri Resort & Spa
Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa Paradee KC Grande Resort & Spa
Sea Sand Sun Resort & Spa P.M.Y. Beach Resort Koh Chang Kacha Resort & Spa
Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa Rayong Resort Koh Chang Paradise Resort & Spa
Sunset Park Resort and Spa Saikaew Beach Resort Ramayana Resort
The Zign Hotel Samed Club Panviman Resort Koh Chang
North
Chiang Mai Chiang Rai Other places
Ayatana Hamlet & Spa Anantara Golden Triangle Chakungrao Riverview Hotel
Ban Sabai Village Resort & Spa Golden Pine Resort & Spa Dhevaraj Hotel Dhevaraj Hotel
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Luck Swan Resort & Spa Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort
Jirung Health Village Chiang Mai Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa Gassan Lake City Golf & Resort
Khum Phaya Resort & Spa Pangsarapee Green Hotel Golden Pai & Suite Resort
Panviman Chiangmai Spa Resort Phowadol Resort &Spa Phu Pai Art Resort
Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Resort Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort
Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort The Imperial River House Resort Pattara Resort & Spa
Shewe Wana Boutique Resort & Spa The Legend Boutique Resort & Spa Rain Forest Resort
Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa Dusit Island Resort The Quarter
North East
     
Balios Resort Khaoyai Ban Chiang Hotel Centara Hotel & Convention Centre
Chateau de Khaoyai Dusit Princess Korat Phu Wanalee Resort
The Greenery Resort Khao Yai Tohsang Khongjiam Resort Wishing Tree Resort, Khon Kaen
South
Phuket Koh Samui & kho lanta Krabi & Phang Nga
Andara Resort and Villas Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa Ao Nang Phupimaan Resort and Spa
Ayara Kamala Resort and Spa Ban Sabai Big Buddha Retreat & Spa Ao Nang Premier Resort
Baan Laimai Beach Resort Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui Best Western Ao Nang Bay Resort
Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa Centara Villas Samui Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa
Diamond Cottage Resort & Spa Dara Samui Beach Resort & Spa Villa Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Kamalaya Khao Lak Diamond Beach Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Pimalai Resort & Spa Khao Lak Emerald Beach Resort & Spa
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa Natural Wing Health Spa & Resort Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa Natai
The Residence Resort & Spa Retreat Nora Beach Resort & Spa Maritime Park & Spa Resort
The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa Paradise Koh Yao Beach Resort & Spa