Traditional Thai Massage, also known as Ancient Massage or Thai Yoga Massage, dates back more than three hundred years in its present form,
with its origins going back more than 5,000 years to ancient India and China. While Thai Massage combines elements of Ayeurvedic medicine,
Hatha yoga and Chinese acupressure, it has evolved into a system that is entirely unique and is widely regarded as one of the best systems
of therapeutic massage.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Many health benefits have been associated with Thai Massage, including:
Relief from stress and muscle tension
from aches and pains
- Unblocking and balancing of energy flow
of the internal organs
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
general increase in energy
- Improved mood
Like any form of massage, benefits increase with repeated treatments.
Thai Massage combines gentle, yoga-like stretching with massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and energy lines, or
While there are hundreds of energy lines in the body, Thai massage focuses on the ten main energy lines, or Sip Sen.
Thai Massage is done on a mat as opposed to a table. This allows the practitioner to get the body leverage necessary
for the stretches and postures characteristically used in Thai Massage. Depending on the needs of the client,
Thai Massage technique may also employ the elbows, knees and feet in addition to the hands.
The pressure can be varied according to your preference. Less pressure should be used the first time, while more pressure can be applied
as your body can tolerate deeper work. Always feel free to request the level of pressure that feels right for you.
Be sure to tell your masseuse about any pain or specific problem areas that you would like help with.
Traditionally, oil is not used in Thai Massage, but you may request some oil if you would prefer.
This may be especially helpful with tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
Thai Massage is an integrated, sequenced procedure that normally takes 90 minutes, and, in Thailand, massages of two-hours or more are not uncommon.
We make every effort to keep our fees reasonable so you can take advantage of extended times.
However, you may schedule a massage for 1 hour, 1 1/2 hours, or 2 hours.
Foot massage begins with a footbath and is done with the fingers, hands and a small wooden dowel dipped in lotion.
It involves both the sides and soles of the feet as well as the energy lines
(Sen) of the lower leg.
Thai Sabai also offers Thai Foot Massage or reflexology. Reflexology originates from an ancient Chinese system
and is based on the notion that there are nerve endings in the soles of the feet that correspond to all of the organs of the body
such as the liver, kidney or spleen. The gentle and repeated massage of these pressure points stimulates and detoxifies the internal
organs and improves circulation to the problem area.
You may schedule a foot massage separately or you may combine some foot massage with a regular, full-body massage.
Please schedule at least 90 minutes for a combined treatment.
What to Wear
The client does not need to disrobe completely for a Thai Massage as the therapist can work right through light clothing
such as yoga-wear or workout clothing. A comfortable pair of shorts and a light top is ideal. Thai-Sabai provides appropriate
attire for both men and women and a changing area for your convenience.
After Your Massage
After a Thai massage, you should drink plenty of water to help with detoxification. You may feel some soreness or
discomfort for the first 24 hours, especially in areas where you have had problems. After that, you should feel relaxed and refreshed!
Tipping is customary for massage and other spa services. The industry standard is 15-20%
Gratuity in cash is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Our masseuses are all authentic Thai's, trained exclusively in Thailand at Wat Po College of Traditional Medicine, the world's leading school
of Thai Massage. They are also certified in Thai Foot Massage and Swedish Massage.
Sasivipa, our senior masseuse, is also a nurse (Thailand) trained in ER, Surgical, ICU and Sports Medicine nursing,
as well as a Certified Midwife. She has more than ten years experience with Thai Massage and holds three certifications from Wat Po College of Traditional Medicine:
Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Foot Massage, and Advanced Thai Medical Massage. She is also a California Certified Massage Therapist and a
Certified Thai Therapist with the International Thai Therapists' Association.
Chonlathorn (also known as Gam), is our Spa Manager and a Massage Therapist with over five years experience with Thai Massage.
She holds two certifications from Wat Po College of Traditional Medicine: Traditional Thai Massage and Infant and Child Massage.
Formerly, she was Thai National Badminton Champion and also specializes in Sports Massage. She is California Certified Massage Therapist and a
Novice Thai Practitioner with the International Thai Therapists' Association.