Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand: When it is raining in every single day during your vacation, Spa treatments will save your holiday! I tested a new treatment every day during my stay at Kamalaya.
The Kamalaya Spa area is informal and relaxing integrating the beautiful surrounding nature into its open air treatment spaces. The spa menu consists of some 70 therapies and treatments including areas of traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, Indian Ayurveda and traditional Thai treatments, so there something for everyone. This is what I tried and loved:
1. Marma point massage: This Ayurveda therapy starts with a full body oil massage and works on 107 energy points throughout the body releasing toxins and relieving stress and tension. The treatment was very relaxing, leaving the body in a state of complete harmony. The therapist also told that marma point massage will give you a good sleep.
2. Thai massage: Thai massage is based on the discovery of 10 invisible energy lines called Sen, which run along the body. This treatment begins with a combination of Thai stretching techniques and deep tissue pressure point massage, which stimulates the blood flow, releases toxins and allows the body to naturally heal itself. Afterwards you feel stretched and relaxed. I think this is a good treatment after and before long flights.
3. Indian head massage: Based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, this treatment is good for relieving tensions and blockages from shoulders, neck, back and scalp. Using deep thumb and finger pressure the massage will improve circulation to the head, release emotional and physical tension and enhance state of relaxation and mental clarity. This treatment is particularly recommended for those spending long hours on a computer – so perfect for me!
4. Vital essence oil massage: This is a signature treatment for Kamalaya spa. It combines Asian knowledge of energy principles with the science of aromatherapy to create the perfect synergy between East and West. This massage is a simple and effective way to release tensions and balance emotions. This was a very good basic massage and very relaxing.
5. Traditional Asian foot massage: Ancient Chinese theory of about 5000 years ago observed that feet are miniature maps of the entire human body, with specific points on the feet corresponding to all major body parts and organs. The treatment uses specific pressure points to systematically activate the nerve reflexes, and thereby stimulating all body organs to improve overall wellbeing. This massage is recommended for calming the mind, relieving headaches and inducing restful sleep – and indeed it worked well. I almost fell asleep during the treatment.
Special treatment – Tsuboki Japanese Face Massage: Tsuboki face massage is a wonderful relaxing and gently energising treatment. Based in part on acupressure, it works on improving skin tone appearance as well as enhancing muscles tone and lymph flow. It also aims to clear any blockages within the body’s energy channels and helps to restore a sense of equilibrium. This treatment was done by Dewi Hopley, who was a visiting consultant at Kamlaya while we were staying there. I need to say this was the best face massage I have ever tried!