26 June 2012 by Denise Slabbert

No pain, no gain at Rachawadee spa

Who said going to the spa was all about being pampered? At the Rachawadee spa get ready to do a few rounds with an eager therapist who will pummel your chi into good working order.

Exterior of the Rachawadee spa in Houghton

Just across the drag from busy Louis Botha Avenue in Johannesburg is a place to relax and rejuvenate. The Rachawadee spa in Houghton is a little piece of Thai tranquillity ... or so I thought until I was doubled over in the shape of a question mark with a petite Thai therapist pulling my arms away from my shoulder blades with a strength that belied her tiny frame.


										Friendly therapists offer green tea just before your no pain, no gain massage

That was just before she did some jay-walking on my back and swivelled my neck around nearly 180 degrees in just 1 move. She was very polite about it all, mind you, and even bowed at the end, murmuring "Kob-kun-krab" (thank you) as I sat with the Earth a little tipsy on its axis.

The Rachawadee spa offers an authentic Thai massage where you feel like you’ve done a few rounds with Tendai Mtawarira (he of Springbok rugby fame, also known as 'The Beast'). Except in this instance, The Beast is a pretty little lady weighing around 40kg.

The Rachawadee spa offers an authentic Thai massage where you feel like you’ve done a few rounds with Tendai Mtawarira (he of Springbok rugby fame, also known as ‘The Beast’). Except in this instance, The Beast is a pretty little lady weighing around 40kg.

Don't be fooled. If you book a Thai massage at the Rachawadee spa, prepare to be pushed, pulled and massaged within an inch of your life. But it's worth it: Thai massage is reputed to not only do wonders for releasing pent-up stress, but for getting all your chakras into tip-top shape and giving your circulation a serious rev.


										Little touches of beauty, in true Thai style

The treatment is an hour long, and after a while you get into the swing of things and the massage develops into something of a workout for mind, body and soul.

The result was surprising – I felt that every single dollop of bad/negative/counter-productive energy in my system had been given a solid kick. The outcome was a slightly heady sense of euphoria and well-being (that lingered for at least a day or 2).

For the less adventurous spa-goer, there is an extensive treatment menu to choose from, including a range of pampering treatments and therapies to help restore balance to your entire being.

I'd say take the plunge and go for the Thai massage ... your chi will thank you.


										Friendly Buddha at the entrance to Rachawadee spa

Category: Health & Wellness


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