Massages in Phuket, what’s right for you?

There are so many types of massage studios and parlours in Phuket with their own specialties that it is hard to choose the right massage type that’s best for you. I mean, what will happen if you accidentally end up going to a place that’s all about ‘happy endings’? This could prove some what awkward when all you wanted was a basic Thai massage. 

Following is a guide to help you find your way through the many types of massage options in Phuket and in this way you are sure to get exactly what you wanted. This article should eliminate any future surprises when it comes to getting a massage in Phuket.
So what are the different types of massages in Phuket?
Traditional Thai massage is the most popular
When you have a traditional Thai massage the massage therapist really gets all her body involved in making sure that your completely massaged. They use their hands, elbows and feet to push, pull and contort your body ( almost in yoga like positions) so that you end up feeling completely manipulated. Expect your body parts to be pulled quite hard actually into positions that you never thought you were capable of.  Many people find that this type of massage is a bit painful and stressful on the body, but believe me when I tell you that the feeling you have afterwards is magical.
It is like going through an extreme workout without having to do anything – they do all the hard work for you. If you find that during the massage the pressure applied is too great you can request them to tone it down a bit and be a bit more gentler. A bonus of this massage treatment is that there are no oils used to lubricate your skin so you don’t end up feeling all sticky as you walk around after. Loose cotton clothing is to be worn at all times during the massage and some places will even provide this for you.

Foot massage
There is nothing better than a Thai foot massage to peel away the tension and  help you get into your holiday mode. These foot massage places are all over Phuket and they are especially abundant in the main tourist hubs like Karon or Patong. The foot is washed thoroughly by your massage therapist and then the foot is kneaded and rubbed using oils. The Thai therapists know the exact pressure points on your foot that connect to different parts of your body. It is very similar to acupuncture and the result at the end of a 60 min session is nirvana. Prices are really cheap compared to back home in Australia so sit back, relax and enjoy a fabulous Thai foot massage.

Swedish massage
If you are looking for a more relaxed style of massage, not as intensive as the Thai massage then opt for a Swedish massage. Here oils are used as an aid to help the therapists hands glide over your body in soft long strokes. The aim here is to get the oxygen flowing in the blood and to help you unwind as they work on your neck, shoulder, legs, back and arms. This is a more docile and tranquil style of massage and is ideal for those people that are unaccustomed to having massages – basically it’s a great introduction to the world and benefits of massage therapy.

Acupressure massage
The trained professional therapists will apply pressure and pinpoint this to meridium parts of your body to help you relax and de-stress and undo those knots that have been hanging around for years.

Fish spa
These are a common sight all over Phuket and it’s kind of a novelty. What happens is you put your put, al the way up to your knees in a fish tank and little fish come and nibble at the dead skin on your feet and legs. These little scavengers will have your feet feeling pristine all within a few minutes. For those that have never tried this before it is a bit of a novelty with some people being reluctant to put their feet in a fish tank, but once in the magic begins and the fear subsides. Give it a try as this is really only something you will ever do on holiday.

Happy ending massages
The name says it all and if you are reading this you will know exactly what I’m referring to. Massages like this are common in Patong area and you will know what they are by the dark insides of the place and the way the masseuses are dressed and the way they wear their make up. They will also try to entice you in by asking if you want a ‘special massage’.

So where to get a massage  in Phuket?

In Phuket massage parlours are everywhere and all over the island. From the standard cheap budget style massage you can get near the beach all the way through to the luxury 5 star day spas in the resorts and top hotels. They are all over Patong, Kata and Karon areas. If you are after an out of this world unique holiday experience why not get a private massage in your own villa. If you have booked a Phuket villa with us and want to have your very own massage therapist come around, we can help you organise this.
What are the prices for a massage in Phuket?

All I can say is that they are cheap. Costs do however vary depending on the venue and massage type- happy ending will cost a lot more as you would expect. A beach front massage will set you back around $15-$20 for an hour while a treatment at a upmarket day spa will set you back around $100. Essentially you get what you pay for. Having said that, the cheap massages are still really good! Massages  in Phuket are fun, relaxing and great to do when it’s raining  and it’s not a beach day – having said that I would get 1 per day – it’s a top thing to do on your holiday.