Treat yourself to a luxurious massage at Sense of Thai

Photo: Robert Harding / Alamy

Photo: Robert Harding / Alamy

The promise

One hour of traditional Thai massage is said to be the equivalent of doing yoga every day for a week. Including a relaxing Thai massage as a part of your weekly wellness routine promises to improve your flexibility and mental clarity.

The reality

There’s an invigorating aroma of lemongrass as I walk into the beautiful Sense of Thai salon. With high ceilings, heritage features and white walls, the space feels like a day spa in a luxury hotel.

Owner and Thai massage expert Jasmine Jolly leads me to the treatment room, which is superbly decorated with comfy armchairs and a fireplace. There is an adjoining bathroom and steam room.

I’m greeted by massage therapist Sonia, who asks if I want light, medium or firm pressure – I settle on medium. Sonia starts by finding pressure points on the soles of my feet – I never knew they could be so sore. Next, she kneels on my legs and up to my back, finding more pressure points. As she works on each knot, I feel a sense of physical and mental release.

After that, Sonia moves my limbs into various poses to help stretch them out. I start to see why they say it’s an alternative to yoga.

The pay-off

To finish off, Sonia massages my brow and head, leaving me feeling centered and balanced. I float out of the room with a calm mind and relaxed muscles.

The cost

From $50-$140, depending on the duration of the treatment. Four-hands massages from $85-$260.

Would I do it again?

Absolutely – it’s the perfect way to re-focus body and mind.

Sense of Thai

  • 385 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, 9646 7652
  • 269 Swan Street, Richmond, 9421 5257
  • senseofthai.com.au

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