Thai spa philosophy and treatments

We have to admit, here at NC we have a love affair with Thailand.

Why? Because it is the one culture that completely embraces the Spa philosophy.

This is where our founder Samantha, started her spa management journey way back when.

Thailand is a culture that has its roots firmly planted in holistic origins; which lately has been completely adopted by the Western spa industry.

It is also a country, where their culture that has its roots firmly planted in holistic origins;

The holistic approach

Thailands holistic philosophy focuses on balancing the mind, body, and soul.

This is done through the use of healing practices is also an approach we firmly believe in – looking at the body as a whole.

It is a practice that has been used for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. In the East, it is the belief that all spa treatments are balanced through outer and inner beauty.

This is achieved through the following:

  • herbal tonics
  • exercise
  • meditation
  • massage
  • whole food fasting
  • selfless gestures towards others

This article looks at some of the treatments that collectively make up the Thai spa experience, some of which you may want to build into your own home spa experience.

Thai spa facial

Many Thai spa treatments incorporate their own form of luxury facials based on native recipes – they use local ingredients such as coconut, cucumber, jasmine, and lemongrass.

Whenever we carry out facials on our clients, we always begin by carrying out a beauty facial analysis to get a complete overview of our customer.

Thai herbal spa

This is a medicinal Thai spa treatment; it focuses on soothing tired muscles and increasing mobility. A compress is heated in a pot or steamer at a very high temperature, for around 15 minutes.

The therapist then gets to work, applying the compress directly onto pressure points to alleviate any pain or tension the client may be experiencing.

Around 5 to 10 healing herbs are tightly compacted into the compress

  • camphor cools and invigorates the skin
  • lemon Grass has both calming and antiseptic properties
  • ginger is stimulating and warming
  • kaffir Leaves are perfect for toning and tightening the skin
  • turmeric is stimulating and boosts circulation

Often this treatment is complimented with a massage, making it a blissful spa experience.

Thai foot spa

The Thai approach to reflexology is a school of thought that suggests our feet have energy points of their own; these trigger points correspond to different parts of the body.

Unlike Western reflexology, a small probe is used to apply pressure on crystals and areas of tension on the soles of the feet.

This relaxes the body and serves to remedy disorders from simple headaches, high blood pressure, heart pain and liver ailments.

Thai Spa detoxification program

Many Thai spa resorts are offering this treatment.

It can be a very intense treatment involving fasting, cleansing enemas, and restrictions on food, which all work to enhance the detoxification process.

A self-purification technique is used, which involves drinking one teaspoon of salt per one-half litre of water. Then, vomiting it back up, this is believed to help clean the upper digestive tract of any excess acids and mucus.

This treatment should never be practised for more than a week and needs to be administered under the watchful eye of a physician.

Personally, I have to admit I am slightly wary of the side effects, which may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and dizziness.

I recommend carrying out your own research, ensuring the facility uses the medical staff to administer this treatment.

The Naked truth

Thailand really is a country that knows how to harness the best mother nature has to offer, so it makes sense that this is reflected in their spa treatments.

Their philosophy is deeply rooted in spiritual attainment, and a sense that true tranquillity comes from a serene inner peace.

Today in Thailand, there are numerous spas and retreats to choose from, where you will experience an amazing journey, one that really should be enjoyed and used to its full advantage.

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