Massages, Chiang Mai
Within the Night Bazaar, there are many places where you can go for a refreshing and therapeutic massage. I have tried a few and found the ones given by the experienced old ladies at Kwanjira the absolute best!
While most eastblishments charges 200 baht per hour for the most common massage such as foot reflexology, or head, shoulder and back massages, Kwanjira only charges 50 baht per half hour. I recommend half an hour of head, arm, and back massages followed by another half an hour of foot massage. It's pure bliss.
Kwanjira, unlike most other establishments, is not fancy or even modern looking. It is also situated in "The Peak", which was a rather quiet portion of the Night Bazaar.
After the massage session, you may want to tip your therapist. After all, they are charging only half of what other charges, but can provide a massage that is more than twice as good.
After a long day of sightseeing and shopping at the night bazzar or Sunday night Market, it is time to pamper ourselves with very affordable massage.
We first had our feet massage done at the Sunday Night Market and instantly got hooked on it.
The next day we went to The Night Bazzar at the Peak and came across Kwanjira Massage & Therapy which was opened by Peter Chong from Singapore.
This massage shop is very popular and the rates are very reasonable. They are the only shop that provide feet soak for foot massage. Their staff are all certified and well-trained professional.
The shop is located at The Peak Night Bazzar at Changklan Rd.
THB60 - for 30 mins of foot massage
THB60 - for 30 mins of back, shoulder, head and arm massage
THB150 - for 1hr of Thai Massage
They do sport massage for those who suffers from sport injuries.
Send my regards to Peter and tell him you are from Virtual Tourist when you are have your massage ;p
Sinativa Spa Club, the original Chiang Mai spa established since 1997, located at the heart of Chiang Mai city.
In conjuction with their 10th anniversary promotion, I have tried their 3-hour romantic full spa package for only THB160 (excluding 7% VAT):-
Deep cleansing facial treatment
Relaxing full body holistic aromatherapy massage (my choice Lavender essential oil)
Herbal body scrub (my choice Coconut)
Mineral / floral bath jacuzzi (my choice Milk)
Free pick-up and transportation back to hotel within Chiang Mai city. Open from 8am till 10pm.
My overall experience was a pleasant one. The ambience is rustic & natural, staff are friendly, prices are reasonable & quiet environment. Although the coumpound is not as big as a spa resort, but Sinativa Spa Club is housed in a bungalow set in a garden. If you prefer mid-range priced spa, then this is the place of your choice.
You will be welcomed by their friendly staff for a refreshing drink. Then they will help you to choose a suitable essential oil and body scrub according to your needs. Once payment has been made, you will be ushered into a changing room with locker, dressing table and other amenities provided for your convenience.
In the treatment room the light is dimmed with some soothing music playing. The air is also filled with fragrant smell. However, I found the room was a bit stuffy with air-conditioned switched off.
Deep cleansing facial treatment was average. Relaxing full body holistic aromatherapy massage was detailed with strength applied moderately. Herbal body scrub was too short for full back exfoliation. Herbal steam was ok but I didn't like the feeling of being trapped in a small enclosure. Mineral / floral bath jacuzzi was fantastic with big bath tub, definitely a wonderful experience.
A highly recommended spa boutique, give it a try.
With our tired bodies, body massages are a great way to unwind and relax. Since the parlour was just next to our guesthouse, there was simply no excuse not to indulge. Under the hands of qualified ladies, the massages were uplifting and gave us the 'sexual high'.
The hour-long massage was extremely relaxing that my friend and I had to come back for more. On our second visit, both of us were allocated to a private room. The low pricing was of course a bonus! Though other parlours are also offering relatively the same rates, this place is quiet and away from any crowds.
The service was the best. Will definitely return for more.
Massage at the street or inside a shop. Relieve your muscle ache from non-stop shopping or hilltribe trekking on the spot. Price from THB100 to THB250 per hour and quality may differ too. Services include foot reflexology, neck & shoulder massage, Thai body massage, etc.
It is hard to escape having a massage or even a few. There are many, many places to choose from. It really seems as if massaging (traditional Thai and foot) is very much part of the day to day living for Thai people.
The average fee for a Traditional Thai massage is about 150 Baht for an hour, and the same for a foot massage (March 2008).
I would say that this is a must do while in Chiang Mai.
At 120Baht each, its hard to pass up a 1 hour foot massage right at the door of your hotel - where you can sip something cold and be generally pampered. We did this most nights during our recent visit to Chiang Mai. Works well as a relaxant at the end of a footsore day.
I had a literal sore foot one day, having lost my footing on the hotel stairs in the morning. I'd bought linament and a supportive elastic garment, hobbled painfully all day, and worried about the impact this would have on my holiday, and essential walking. I was tentative about a massage that night, having been advised against it by a pharmacist. However, what a difference - he gently massaged and manipulated my foot, and it was much better by the time I got up to walk to the hotel. It was nearly back to normal in the morning!
It is great to receive a Thai Massage. Not all places are good, though. I recommend Lek Chaiya's place. It is a bit more expensive, but the people who work there are good therapists. It is also recommended to take a course in Thai Massage in Old Medicine Hospital (lasts 2 weeks). I took this course, and it was a great experience.
If you have some spare time don´t miss out on a thai massage. These places are all over chiang mai. We needed to make an appointment but i´m not sure if it´s like that with all of them. I´d recommend a check before you get your massage since i´ve been to one that didn´t look clean to me.
For western standards you pay an amount not worth mentioning i believe. A two hour oil and original thai massage is a wonderful thing, but í woulnd´t recommend having it early or at any time of the day that is not close to sleeping time. I`ve been very tired afterwards but it also felt sooo good.
Let's Relax is a chain of massage places (they have outlets in Bangkok too) that are a cut above the rest. They are owned by the same people that operate the very upscale and expensive Rarinjinda Spas in Bangkok and CHiang Mai, and apply similar treatments and service in this shopping centre outlet.
Nicely decorated, the lemongrass smell alone as you walk in is enough to destress you.
Full choice of aromatic oil massages, traditional Thai body massage, or single treatments like foot reflexology, shoulder/neck, etc. I chose foot massage and slept soundly for most of that hour in the huge comfortable recliners. They start off with soaking the feet, and end with cup of tea and some healthy cookies, 45 min session about 350 baht.
5 star experience at 3 star price.
Mainly, it's the massage course that brought me to Chiangmai.
There are several Thai massage school in this city mostly vying for the best thai massage school, and most of the major ones are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Thailand.
I chose the Shivagakomarpaj Thai Massage School (Old Medicine Hospital) basically because it's the cheapest one. The 10-day course cost only THB5,000, the 3-day Foot Massage is THB2,500, inclusive of instruction booklet with illustrations and blank pages where you scribble your notes and write your daily homework. The other popular schools charges twice as much which was broken down into a curriculum of different levels - either 2 or 3 levels in 2 to 3 weeks.
Shivagakomarpaj or the Old Medical Hospital is reputedly the oldest one in Chiang Mai and based on research it’s where most locals study thai massage and some of those who put up their own massage schools have taken the basic courses at this school. Now, that overshadowed my main reason.
Well, it turned out to be a really good school. Complete facilities -- airconditioned classrooms on the 4th floor (for foreign English-speakers) and ground floor for local thais. But after the noontime break, everyone joins in (local and foreign) for the practical lessons on the 2nd floor – complete with clean crisp sheets on massage mattresses, pillows, lockers for your stuff, washrooms with soaps and towels.
The 10-day course is extensive, from 9 to 12NN is theoretical – writing and listening to the witty and (sometimes) funny English-speaking teacher. Then, a 1-hour break from 12 to 1pm, and the practice of what have been discussed and chapters on the book will be done from 1 til 4pm.
It’s a daily routine so it’s always in pairs. They encourage you to practice the massage lessons with different partners each day to get familiarized with different body type and shapes. A demo will be exhibited first (both are instructors/teachers), after which you will be doing the same with your partner.
After the end of the day, you get to write down your homework which you will do at home, and will be checked and stamped/sealed the following morning.
It’s like I’m back to schooling!!!!
On Day 9, there’s a written examination, and a practical exam will be on Day 10 where you will do a 1 and a half massage with your teacher as your client. This will be followed in the afternoon with the graduation ceremony – with your hard-earned certificate!
A highly recommended itinerary if you have ample time, otherwise, the 3-day Foot Massage Course is likewise very interesting and easier to learn and practiced which I took also.
Now, I am giving free massge to my friends and colleagues who are truly amazed. (I might have to charge them later though...)
Shivagakomarpaj (Old Medical School) is highly recommended for this course, inexpensive yet comprehensive.
After pounding pavement throughout the city-there is nothing nicer than going for some foot reflexology or foot massage. It is heaven. You can also go for a Thai massage. There are lots of spas around town. For a short massage or foot reflexology- i recommend just walking into one of the shops around the street. At the sunday market-you can even get reflexology on the street. Very relaxing.
One of the highlights of our visit to Chiang Mai was our 2 day Thai massage course with miss Wanna . We actually found her through virtual tourist. We highly recommend her to everybody that wants to have a great thai massage course. We only folowed a 2 days massage course , but already feel like professionals. The book and her teaching were very clear. It was nice to follow a course at home , you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Thanks for the two nice days (and the pineapple and icecream). I have to say tha i find the idea of the independent thai teachers network great for all of us who want to learn and don't have the time or the money to go to a big school. Anyway. Cheers!
I visited CM cause i wanted to learn Thai massage so i naturally tried the famous schools. First ITM (www.itmthaimassage.com) where i was greatly dissapointed cause it was a marketing temple and nothing more. And so much blah blah. We nearly manage to finish the steps in one week. Plus i payed 5000 baht for 30h and the lessons besides the breaks were less then 20 and half was blah blah. Then i tried the old medicine hospital for a week (www.oldmedicinehospital.com) I payed about 6000 baht. I must say it was so much better then Itm. I didnt felt like a moneymaking machine and the teachers were good and it was more practical but still the group was 15 people. Allthough my experience was better then itm. There i met a lady from Australia that had taken before a private lesson with independent teacher at Art of Massage (www.artofmassage.webs.com). I was amazed because the price for 2 days private lesson was so much lower then the group lesson. About 1300 baht I gotta tell you in 2 days i learned more then in 2 weeks because the teacher was all about practice and feedback which is actually the most important. Before the only feedback i was getting was from students so it wasn't effective. Plus the atmosphere was so nice and worm and felt more like a friend. My teacher also cooked every day. It was amazing experience. I think that they were more motivated because you pay the teacher directly so there is no commision to a employer. I strongly propose to anyone who really want to learn thai massage to try a private lesson cause the most important thing is the feedback and the continuous correction. I think old medicine hospital is also very good but it helps if you have a prior understanding. By all means avoid ITM. its just a Money making temple. That was my experience in CM i hope i helped you. Have fun.
P.S. My teachers name was Ms Wanna.
Every second shop seems to offer Traditional Thai Massage. So where do you start?
Well, most of them are good and do the job of relaxing sore back, legs, shoulders. But this place does a great hard massage (tell them: "LENG LENG" if you want it harder) with oil, dip your feet in cold lemon water, and give you a cup of hot tea afterwards, all for the standard price.
Nothing fancy: just a curtain screen to shelter you from the internet users at the front of the room.
Standard fees: 150-250 per hour, depending on what oil, technique, etc, you want.