For the Thai people, Thai massages has been part of their culture for centuries, a healing practice passed down from Buddhist missionary monks to Thai folk healers and eventually to the modern spas you see today.
Besides using thumbs, elbows, knees and feet, a practitioner of Thai massage will also walk on your back, straddle your body and swing you around to mimic the stretching poses of yoga.
All over Bangkok you’ll find that traditional healing remains very much part of modern life. It’s perpetuated in the city’s many healing centres and spas, ranging from the budget bargain to the extravagantly indulgent.
Here are some of the best.