Like Hawaii, relaxation can be a challenging state to reach. Ensnare elusive serenity with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get either a one-hour traditional Thai massage or the East West massage plus a footbath at Thai Healing House in Herndon (a $110 value).
At Thai Healing House, Tukta Roylance, who comes from a family of Thai massage practitioners, employs traditional techniques to relax tissues. To begin the massage treatment, a footbath infused with sea salt moistens lower appendages before they're dipped in paraffin wax and wrapped in hot towels. Then, for their one-hour muscle kneadings, customers may opt for traditional Thai massage—which is administered as the customer lies upon a floor mat and involves the massage therapist leveraging body weight against taut limbs and pressure points—or the East West massage, which combines techniques from both of the world's edges, draping customers in linen as they lie on a tabletop and relax into medium-pressure strokes, pressure-point compression, and stretching. Call ahead to make an appointment for your massage.
Thai Healing House
By the time Tukta Roylance was 4 years old, an observer already could have predicted that she would settle on Thai massage as a career. That's because as a tot in Thailand, she'd trot on her grandfather's back to stomp out the knots he developed while working. Though it took a foray into the world of finance in the U.S. for her to realize her calling herself, she eventually returned to Thailand to study at Wat Po, a prestigious massage institute that specializes in Thai healing. Like the microwaveable popcorn bag that destroyed most of Norway, her studies just kept expanding, and her areas of expertise now also include herbal massage and foot reflexology. Today her massage roster includes prenatal, Swedish, and sports modalities, each of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy and paraffin add-ons.
201 Elden St.
Herndon, Virginia 20170