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Best 4 Thai Massage Types You Should Try - For an Incredibly Relaxing Experience!

Thai massages are popular throughout the world for its rejuvenation, relaxation and management of chronic conditions. If you are looking into Thai massages, here are the four basic types, you can try.


Tok Sen

It is known that this type of massage has its origin from the farmers of Thailand. You might wonder how that's the case. Well, after a very difficult day of physical activity in the fields, farmers tend to need serious relaxation to recover. As they did not have access to all these stretching techniques and compression methods, of traditional Thai massages, they made use of simpler techniques. A simple mallet and hammer are used to tap lightly on the Sen regions of the body. This is a accompanied by a staccato rhythm which creates vibrations, that help open channels which will in turn help with chronic pain and myofascial adhesions. A Tok Sen massage is available in some parts of the West too. Having said that, you might not experience the traditional artistic style of this massage in the west.


Yam Khang

The Yam Khang massage starts off with you lying on a comfortable mat with the practitioner standing close to you. The practitioner will use a type of stick in order to balance while working with their legs on your body. The masseur will dip one of their feet into a bowl containing Plai oil, which is a type of ginger, then the oil is heated by running the foot on a red-hot iron plate. So how hot is this oil? Well, it is very hot, where the oil on the foot starts exploding with a loud sound. Afterwards, the practitioner will apply this hot on the meridian points of the client's body with strong pressure. This is probably something you're not used to, but that doesn't mean you wouldn't enjoy it. Besides, if you are looking for a spa in Hua Hin, Thailand, you can check out places like Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin for a good experience.


Kar Sai

The Kar Sai is a special type of massage that works on the excretory and reproductive meridians of your body. Thus, practitioners usually work around your genitalia and the anal canal by using specials oils that are heated. This type of massage is especially useful for the ones who suffer from any reproductive of urogenital issues. This also serves as a good postnatal massage. As this massage focuses on your genitalia it can feel quite intimate. Having said that, this is not a kind of sensual massage, and it is very intense and strong and definitely not for the weak hearted.


Jap Sen

Jap Sen is another traditional Thai massage where the practitioner doesn't apply pressure directly onto the Sen. He or she will use cross fibre plan of action, where you apply pressure to the Sen, like how you would strum the strings of a guitar. Therefore, it is quite ticklish, and the first timers might end up laughing out right. Once you get used to it, you'll feel a deep sense of relaxation and it is very therapeutic in nature.