Phuket, Thailand

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It is common knowledge that Thailand is infamous for its many massage parlours and spas; the Thai's even have their own ancient form of the practice called Thai Massage. While massage parlours can be found on almost any street corners, it is important that you know first what kind of massage you are getting and second that the giver of the massage has been trained in massages and relaxation techniques.

As mentioned above, there are many different forms of massages so it is helpful to understand the benefits of each as to ensure that the massage you are getting will help with your problem areas. Oil massages use techniques that rub the muscles in the areas that are sore or stiff; they often follow the lines of the muscles and push tension along those lines until it is gone. Thai massage is the art of rocking the body while pushing and pulling on the muscles as the receiver is gently coaxed into various yoga-like positions; typically the receiver is clothes while the giver never loses contact between themselves and the body. Reflexology (foot massage) uses pressure points on the feet and ankles to releive stress and tension in other parts of the body; the giver will use their fingers, thumbs and hands to alleviate the pressure points.

Of course there are many other types of massages that are offered at the parlours and spas, but the ones listed above are usually the most common with some variations such as aroma's, different body areas and lengths. Due to the large number of massage places you may be temped to either go close to home or for the cheapest, but be careful because, as mentioned earlier, you really want to find a place with properly trained and qualified staff, or you risk making your sore muscles worse.

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