Thailand: World Destination for Medical Spa and Wellness
09 November 2010
Thai culture has a longstanding tradition of employing sophisticated massage and wellness techniques, and traditional Thai massage itself is a centuries-old practice based on stimulating the flow of life force through the body via sib sen, or energy lines.
You could say medical tourism started with traditional Thai massage as visitors have enjoyed these treatments for centuries. Now, though it is only one of a wide array of procedures now available through medical tourism in Thailand, which has earned a reputation for dependable and affordable work. In addition to massage, the country renowned for our spas and wellness clinics and resorts, as well as surgical procedures such as laser, cosmetic, and cardiovascular. Thailand’s high standards and healthcare expertise make it a world leader in medical tourism, while the options for a post-medical treatment holiday are the best in the world.
What is known in the West as traditional Thai massage is not massage at all, but rather an ancient energy-based healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures. Treatments are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called Nuad or Nuad Boran in the Thai language, stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies.
The Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy,lom, in major pathways called sen. The major energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow, and restore balance and harmony. Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment.
Performed within traditional Thai parameters, a properly-administered traditional Thai massage can be a powerful tool for personal, physical, and spiritual maintenance and transformation.
Traditional Thai massage is, of course, the best in Thailand, and one treatment generally costs one-half to one-third of what is charged in most other parts of the work.
Medical Spas and Wellness Centers
Thailand offers a number of opportunities to visit a day spa to get acquainted with the joys of traditional Thai massage as well as other therapies. Visitors can also check into a world-famous medical spa or wellness retreat for a holiday-long treatment package, that can include special diets or fasting as well as holistic or Ayurvedic treatments tailored to suit personal needs.
Luxury spas and wellness retreats in Thailand have been established for both health and deep relaxation, and these range from exclusive retreats accommodating global celebrities to beachside resorts that give yoga instruction overlooking the sea.
Medical Spa and Wellness Treatments
Doctors are teaming up with spas to offer treatments that include the latest developments in health and beauty. The result is what many now call the "Medical Spa", “Wellness Center” or “Holistic Health Retreat”.
The Medical Spa is recognized as a cross between a day spa and a medical clinic where clients can experience intensive care under the same roof.
Many such centers combine Anti-Aging Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Skin Care (for Men and Women), Microdermabrasion, Nutrition Counseling, Personal Training, and even Cosmetic Laser services.
In a perfectly relaxing environment, doctors and healthcare experts and their trained staff create a soothing atmosphere where they enlighten guests about all the available treatment options, and then customize a program to address their specific needs to achieve long-term wellness and sustained beauty.
Living stressful urban lifestyles, people naturally absorb toxins into their body through pollution and unhealthy diets. The accumulated toxins are hazardous to health, weaken immune systems, stimulate allergies, and can even induce skin problems. Detoxification is an effective method to remove toxic substances from the body and once the body is purified, it will help improve the complexion and restore internal balance and overall health.
Healing holistic therapies help purify both the physical and mental being. Combined with fasting and a controlled detox diet, the body and mind are able to assimilate the benefits more effectively, and thus better remove toxins through the natural process, particularly with the assistance of caring professionals who tailor programs to match individual needs.
An ideal complement to the detoxification program, this massage applies a medically proven technique that stimulates the movement of lymphatic flows, thereby detoxifying and removing toxins from the body. It is ideal for jet lag and long distance travelers, city dwellers and anyone feeling fatigued or weak.
Chelation through IV (intravenous) drip is the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, or mercury from the body. This treatment includes a creatine/kidney check-up through blood analysis and a doctor’s consultation session. During this 3-hour treatment, the patient also receives a 1-hour head, neck, shoulder, and foot massage.
Medical Spas are often the perfect place to reach and maintain peak performance through integrated healthcare under the banner of an anti-aging clinic, particularly offering vitality consultations for middle-aged men and women. This form of healthcare integrates various approaches that incorporate wellness and maintenance programs as well as anti-aging therapies that will help delay and prevent degenerative diseases. Doctors provide advice on how to look and feel younger, have more energy, and enjoy a more active lifestyle.
A complete physical check-up comprises a full regime of blood tests, which cover general issues including CBC (complete blood count), insulin resistance – FBG (fasting blood glucose) covering current sugar level status and the previous month’s sugar level status (Hb A1c). The analysis will include a cardiovascular/lipid profile which will determine total cholesterol (HDL, LDL) and triglyceride levels and homocystein. Blood tests will provide analysis of the liver and renal functionality (AST, ALT, AP, CR) and perform screening for gout (uric acid analysis). A test will also analyze tumor markers (CEA, AFP, PSA), which cover the liver, intestine, stomach, and prostate gland for the male. Lastly, the test will check for inflammation markers (ESR, CRP) and a urine analysis.
Thailand is a world leader in massage, spas, and wellbeing, and, thus increasingly in medical tourism where its professionalism and long experience guarantee visitors are in good hands.
Sample of Medical Service Providers
S Medical Spa www.smedspa.com/en
Devarana Spa by Dusit www.devaranaspa.com/index.html
Six Senses Spa www.sixsenses.com
Cool Spa by Sri Panwa Phuket www.sripanwa.com/cool-spa-phuket-,spa-en.html
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa www.kamalaya.com
Anantara Spa, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa http://spa.anantara.com/samui/default.aspx
The Barai by Hyatt www.thebarai.com
Chiva Som www.chivasom.com/
Let's Relax by RarinJinda Wellness Spa www.letsrelaxspa.com/index.php
The Oasis Spa Pattaya www.bangkokoasis.com/En/l_py.php
Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Resort www.rarinjinda.com