Thai Spa Philosophy and Treatments

I have a love affair with Thailand.

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


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

A philosophy that focuses on balancing the mind, body and soul, through the use of healing practices.

This 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 use of:

  • 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.


Many Thai Spa treatments incorporate their own form of luxury facials, which are based on native recipes.

They use local ingredients such as coconut, cucumber, jasmine and lemon grass.

Whenever I am carrying out facials on my customers, I always begin by carrying out a beauty facial analysis.

Then, depending on the skin type or conditions, I will incorporate many of my own natural ingredients into the treatment.

I find customers really appreciate this personal touch, and love the potent skin loving properties that fresh ingredients deliver to their skin.


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, helping to alleviate any pain or tension the customer may be experiencing.

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

  • Camphor cools and invigorates the skin
  • Lemon Grass has 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.


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 not only relaxes the body, but serves to remedy disorders from simple headaches, through to high blood pressure, heart pain and liver ailments.

Thai Spa Detoxification Program

There are many Thai spa resorts 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, that involves drinking one teaspoon of salt per one half liter of water, and 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 practiced 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 medical staff to administer this treatment.


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 tranquility 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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