Just when we were planning our trip, we heard a lot about the how amazingly relaxing a Traditional Thai spa was. Throughout the trip, we stared greedily at every shop that said Spa or Massage. Finally on our last day at Phuket, after enjoying at Phang Nga Bay, we went around the Karon beach looking for the perfect massage that our muscles yearned for.One could easily identify a spa parlor from other shops from a distance.You can see a few pretty girls or ladyboys in their parlor costumes, in front of the doors trying to bring in customers.
We asked for the price in a few shops and some even described the different spas; Thai, Oil Aroma. One of the girls took my brother aside and said they also had a “special services” Spa. Yes, the Indian in me and the woman in me both got scared and we started calling up our friends for advice. One of them suggested to avoid the Thai spa as his body had ached for 3 days after he had got one. He suggested Aroma massage instead and we were absolutely ready to trust him .We almost scrutinized all the parlors on Karon beach and settled for the one where we found a white couple getting a foot massage. (Yeah please don’t judge us for that)
We went inside and 2 girls dressed in pink greeted us with the most welcoming smiles ever. We had already seen the prices for Aroma massage on their boards- 500 THB for an hour. I really didn’t want to spend that much on a fancy massage, but Santy and Deep both wanted it badly. So yeah, you do weird things for the people you love and a massage wouldn’t hurt that much. Santy tried to convince us by saying how highly it ranked in the list of ‘Must do things in Phuket’. It’s funny how your brother still thinks of you as a little girl who is naïve and utterly incapable of intuiting his wild fantasies.
Anyway, me and Debs were directed to the second room while Santy and Deep went to the first one. The lights were yellowish and dimmed and there was some soft music . We waited inside for a few minutes soaking in the ambiance.Then two chirpy girls came and immediately asked us to undress. She even pinched me at my butt and said “Only panties” and left. Now I am a pretty shy person and some kind of a prelude could have been helpful. On the other hand, it seemed unfair to Debs that we didn’t get masseurs to work upon us. -_- (I had to google that word, it means a male massage professional).
We changed out of our clothes and wrapped ourselves in the towels provided. The girls came back with bowls of aromatic oil and asked us to lie down with our heads in the hole of the pillow. The moment I put my head in that hole it reminded of the Friends episode where Rachel goes to a massage chain and Phoebe tries to conceal her identity as her masseuse (internal LOL moment :P). Then the girls got to work. My masseuse spread some amount of oil on my legs and started massaging them slowly. The oil smelt amazing. She kept it gentle and I can’t say I wasn’t enjoying it. I kept on wondering how Debs was liking it, whether her masseuse was better than mine.
Just as I thought to relax my mind, she suddenly warm compressed my butts (WHY!). Then it continued on my back till my shoulders. It felt good at the shoulders, but I had already decided to stay alert lest she made any bold moves. Then she asked me to sit up and tried to do something complicated with my arms. I somehow held my towel to my chest as she twisted my neck. Debs was getting the same treatment but somehow, she had the most peaceful look on her face.
My masseuse continued to oil massage my back and you won’t believe the next thing she said was this –“Madam, you have a hot body”. Did I hear her right? Seriously? Debs started giggling, so yes, a cute Thai masseuse just complimented me. And I was like “Hah…Thanks…Thank you mam”. And then came a voice from behind the curtain-“Do you want it stronger sir?” Silence. No response. And then we laughed heartily as we tried to visualize the piteous state the boys were in.
The best part was the head and neck massage which was sadly very short. It ended after that and we quickly threw on our clothes. We met outside and laughed together before starting a detailed account of each one’s experience. To our surprise, the boys had enjoyed every bit of it and it seemed their masseuses were far skilled than ours. They were constantly interacting and asking them how they would like it (which didn’t happen for us at all). It was a hilarious experience for me and I am unsure whether I would try it again. But I still think one must definitely try a traditional Thai spa when visiting any place in Thailand (it is everywhere) because according to Deep, “It was ammaaayzing”.
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