Gallery guinea pig tests a Thai Massage – £85, 85 minutes

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Thai massage originated in India and is based on Ayurveda and Yoga, it then made its way to Ancient Siam, now known as Thailand. It is believed to have originated over 2500 years ago, and was developed by the Physician to Buddha; and if it is good enough for Budda it is good enough for me!

I arrived at the new Radisson SAS Hotel on the waterfront not knowing what to expect from a Thai Massage. When I went into my lovely Thai Influenced treatment room overlooking St Aubin?s Bay I was asked to change into some black silk pyjamas, so already this was completely different to any massage I have had before, where I normally have to remove my clothes!  My therapist Chariya then asked me to lie on the mat on the floor and she immediately got to work starting at my feet. I tried keep my body relaxed so that Chariya could manipulate me into all the necessary yoga-like positions.

Chariya used her hands, knees, legs and feet to move and stretch my body. As well as moving me about, Chariya performed muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure during the treatment.  It was methodical rhythmic pressing and stretching of my entire body ? It was firm and rigorous with my fingers and toes being cracked and pulled.  At points it was very sore, (but Chariya has pre-warned me about this), and at other times, when my pressure points were being massaged, it was utterly divine.   This treatment is a must for any Yoga enthusiasts. It made me much more aware of my entire body and it felt like a powerful body purification and is meant to be a great entire body detox.

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