A Guide To The Different Types of Massages In Southeast Asia

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If you’ve ever been backpacking around Asia, you’ll be all too familiar with locals trying to tempt you into their parlor with a massage. These massages are far more affordable than they are at home, and often they are far more effective too. If you’ve ever been unsure about what each type of massage entails, this guide may be helpful.

Balinese Massage

Balinese massages involve applying pressure to points all over the body. Moderate pressure is applied and afterward, the body and mind is left feeling completely relaxed.

Thai Massage

A Thai massage is a lot more intense. Rather than leaving you relaxed, it leaves you in slight pain, although this clears up in a couple of days and your back will feel in better shape than ever. It mainly involves cracking your back at various points. Not recommended for first-timers.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massages are meant to sooth deep muscle pains. If you are achy from a long hike, they are great. If you don’t have any deep pains, you may prefer another treatment.

Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage is recommended for first-timers. The therapy uses soft kneading strokes to relieve muscle tension. It is relaxing and relieves muscle tension.