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.
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.
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.
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