Buddha is usually depicted sitting down, but at the Wat Po temple in Bangkok, reclining Buddha stretches his gilded, 141-foot frame across a tiered base. It’s a fitting image for a temple often recognized as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which is also the place where all of Montra’s therapists have been trained. The therapists bring with them not just technique, but also an Eastern philosophy that reveres massage for its ability to treat both physical and mental stresses. During sessions, practitioners hold their clients' limbs in passive stretching positions and use gentle pressure along the bodies’ energy channels to dissolve tension and get the signal "Stop kicking people" from brains to feet. Variations of the treatment might introduce herbal compresses that soothe nerves and massage tender areas more gently, or reflexology, which activates pressure points on the feet believed to stimulate organs in other parts of the body.
At Karina Thai massage, an experienced massage practitioner relieves muscle tension and soothes backs with traditional Thai massage techniques. Aches disappear over the course of fully-clothed 60- or 90-minute massage sessions, which can be performed on individuals or couples.
At Sukhothai Wellness Center, licensed massage therapists perform a variety of massages ranging from traditional Thai massage to Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal modalities. Their services include the Sukhothai Signature massage, which fuses Thai and Shiatsu techniques with the soothing strokes of Swedish massage, and reflexology sessions, which utilize pressure points on the feet to treat organs and muscles located in other parts of the body. Providing a quiet, soothing retreat for clients is part of the center's mission, as is helping clients integrate massage into their regular routine, so that it feels as natural as breathing, blinking, or talking to the TV.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
Traditional Thai artwork brightens the dark-mahogany walls of Thiparpa Thai Massage in the light of chandeliers and flickering candles. From the floor of this flower-studded haven, therapists perform traditional Thai massages atop soft mattresses separated by opaque, glittering curtains. In their signature style, therapists use their bodies to move clients through positions that compress muscles, exercise joints, and mimic the poses of the therapist's childhood rag doll. Therapists can also incorporate Swedish massage and whiffs of aromatherapy. Thiparpa stays open until 9 p.m. daily, which provides patients ample time for a massage after work.
Located in Half Moon Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is by the ocean, minutes from Half Moon Bay Golf Links, and close to Poplar State Beach. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Miramar Beach and Pillar Point Harbor.
Make yourself at home in one of the 261 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. While the golfer in the family is out on the course, you can enjoy above-par recreational amenities such as a golf course and a health club. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and supervised childcare/activities.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.