Balinese massage vs Thai massage

I LOVE massages. Every massage is like a mini vacation where I get to drift into oblivion without a care in the world. Even if it is just for that one hour.

Regulars like myself tend to have specific preferences when it comes to massage styles. I like mine gentle and soothing with a waft of Lavender or Ylang Ylang. So I usually opt for a simple aromatherapy massage with extra gentle strokes.

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If you are new to massages, or tend to be thrown off by confusing names on spa menus, here are two popular options to consider: Balinese massage and Thai massage.

Balinese massage

Balinese massage is a vigorous massage with firm pressure focused on deeply relaxing the muscle tissue, making it especially effective on achy joints and strained muscles. It also combines gentle stretching and acupressure to help restore the flow of energy throughout the body.

Traditionally, Balinese massage is performed with deep pressure, but if you prefer a less “painful” experience, just inform your masseuse.

  • Relieves stress
  • Alleviates sore or tight muscles
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Helps with sports injuries

Thai massage

Thai massage is one of the most invigorating massages that work your entire body. It combines finger and palm pressure with plenty of yogic stretches to release tension, and stretch the body. You may sometimes find your body in awkward positions BUT once the massage is over, you will feel extremely relaxed and even supple.

Unlike most massages, it does not require you to undress, though you may be required to change into loose clothing. No oil is applied on the skin too. Perfect if you prefer to stay grease-free.

  • Relieves stress
  • Soothes muscle aches
  • Eases tension
  • Enhances flexibility and circulation




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