WHILE I’ve never been to Thailand, one of the many things that draw me to putting this enchanting country on my travel agenda for 2012 is their much talked about art of massage.
Most people lucky enough to have visited the country so rich in Eastern culture boast about the same moment of bliss – a full body Thai massage, costing less than the price of a Pad Thai, on one of the country’s world famous beaches.
While you can’t quite emulate the exact experience in the heart of London, a luxury spa – Thai Square spa which is situated on the edge of Seven Dials – offers the same authentic Thai techniques.
All sorts of exotic names fill their treatment list: Siamese Courtiers Remedy, Temple of Jade and The Golden Maharini facial – and all sound irresistible enough to lure just about anyone in.
I went for the Body Bliss Ritual – a 60-minute massage in one of the spa’s enchanting subterranean treatment rooms. It started with a five-minute floral foot soak of lemongrass, basil and lime while I sipped on hot herbal tea. The therapist then climbed onto the massage bed and kneaded my legs in an outward direction, before kneading, smoothing and manipulating the leg and arm muscles with the use of a fragrant ‘body bliss’ oil.
While my own massage experiences have varied from the annoyingly barely-there tickle of to an overly-aggressive scraping of my skin, the therapists at Thai Square Spa seem to adopt a no-mess approach. They are there to heal you and they’ll work hard to ensure that’s what they’ll do.
The treatment was complete with a head massage, touching on key pressure points, which left my entire my body feeling invigorated. As I lay in the spa relaxation room surrounded by goddess stone statues, exotic flowers and calming aromas, I felt far away from the busy streets of London.
You don’t need to go to Phuket for authentic Thai healing. There’s authentic Thai escapism right on our doorstep.
Thai Square Spa
25 Shelton Street
London, WC2H 9HW
0207 240 6090
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