For centuries mankind has envied pizza dough and wondered how we too could be kneaded to relaxed, savory states without paying for the luxury of being escorted via wooden paddle to a Sicilian brick oven. Be pounded into the shape of relaxation with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a Thai classic massage at Leelawadee Thai Classic Massage (a $99 value).
Leelawadee Thai Classic Massage's certified muscle-melter, Ron Wittawas, relaxes rigid postures by kneading frazzled figures with traditional Thai massage and reflexology. The 90-minute Thai classic massage begins as kinked customers sheathe themselves in an unrestrictive garment or a fitted spacesuit before snuggling into a calming setting decorated with foliage, smooth stones, and a plush massage table. The trained therapist then employs a sequence of soothing strokes, similar to those used during a deep tissue massage, to loosen limbs and unfold origamied spines. Throughout the session, Ron incorporates a tranquil trifecta of warm, scented body oil, herbal balm for alleviating pain, and hot packs that help increase energy flow and relieve congested chakras of stress induced by summer TV lineups.
Lee La Wa Dee Thai Classic Massage
Leelawadee Thai Classic Massage founder Ron Wittawas brings an authentic touch to Thai massages. He trained at Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School of Bangkok, perfecting his technique at the elbows of the masters before coming to the Bay Area in 2002. During his signature Thai massage, Ron sets the stage for relaxation by first dipping patrons’ feet into paraffin footbaths. Once patrons have removed the wax and Ron has foot casts that he will treasure forever, he guides clients through a combination of yoga-like stretches and deep-pressure massage with warm lotions and herbal balms.
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