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“I’m interested in getting an Aromatherapy massage in Thailand, but don’t know much about it. Can you tell me a little more about this?”
Aromatherapy is a popular treatment that goes hand in hand with many of the other holistic health practices found throughout Thailand.
Aromatherapy is done with essential oils. These oils are extracted from plants, most frequently those with pleasing scents or which are believed to have healing properties. Common choices are scents like peppermint, lavender, and rose. While flowers and herbs are popular, essential oils can also be extracted from bark, seeds, or other sources. There tally of essential oils is usually put at about 150.
Treatments involving aromatherapy are increasingly popular. Certain scents and the oils themselves are thought to be able to relieve pain, increase energy levels, reduce stress, clear the mind…you name it. Essential oils are rubbed into the skin to treat muscle aches and improve your mood. By stimulating nerves, these scenes affect your brain and nervous system. Each is believed to have its own special abilities.
A few properties of various essential oils include qualities of anti-inflammation, antiviral, and even anti-depression.
In Thailand you will find that nearly all the massage shops offer an Aromatherapy option. But many are shit. A good rule of thumb is, if the price is under 1,000 baht (30usd) for an Aromatherapy massage, you should skip it.
This is one of the situations where a higher price means better quality!
Posted on Gods of Thailand March 1, 2015 in Bangkok