Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thai Massage in the Philippines

The past years has seen the growth of the spa industry in the major cities in the Philippines. These spas offer different varieties of massage, which has overshadowed "hilot" or the traditional Filipino massage.

One of the more famous massage is the Thai Massage, or Nuad Phaen Boran. Thai Massage is sometimes called yoga massage. Usually done on a padded mat on the floor, the masseur uses his/her hands, elbows, knees, legs, and feet to apply rhythmic pressure. There is also a lot of stretching involved which deeply relaxes and revitalizes the body.

Over the weekend, I have visited one called Nuat Thai located in Valleyfair Building in Taytay. Nuat Thai has many branches in Metro Manila, either company owned or franchised from the Nuat Thai mother company in Cebu. But I noticed that their rates are not standardized , with the Taytay branch being more pricey than the Nuat Thai in Quezon City.

My favorite Thai Massage Center , though, remains to be Tha-Tong, in Davao. Their masseurs are really good- and well-trained by a Thai massage professional. I hope they bring their services to Metro Manila soon.

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