The most common types of massage in Phuket are reflexology, traditional Thai massage and oil massage. In reflexology, the purpose is to improve internal organ function by applying pressure to specific parts of the soles of the feet, and after a day of shopping or sightseeing the feeling is one of pure heaven.
Thai massage is a traditional healing practice, a fusion of acupressure, simple yoga stretching and Ayurvedic principles. Agile masseurs use a combination of their hands, elbows and feet to stimulate pressure points and stretch limbs in order to relax and realign energies in the body. You might have to brace yourself at times, but bear with it and the sensation afterwards is one of pure delight.
Oil massage is a lot more relaxed with a mixture of oils used to help soften your skin. Just close your eyes and lose yourself to the delicious aromas of lavender, jasmine or lemongrass, whilst firm hands soothe away your aches and pains.