Thai Massage

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a unique, potent and integrative approach to massage which combines a diverse variety of techniques and methods woven together according to individual need including:

  • A variety of warming, stimulating and calming massage techniques.
  • Deep tissue massage techniques either through light clothes or directly on the skin with balms.
  • Rocking.
  • Acupressure.
  • Joint mobilisations and stretches.
  • Heated herbal compresses.
  • Heating or cooling balms.
  • I also have a BTech 5 qualification in Western Sports/Remedial massage and sometimes integrate helpful practices such as MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), neuro muscular release points and other soft tissue techniques. The combination of Eastern and Western ideas can be a winning combination in some circumstances.

Thai massage be quite dynamic utilising a variety of movement and stretches, or very quiet with a focus on one or two main areas of need using more long hold compression and acupressure techniques. It's carried out on a futon mattress with pillow supports and usually through light loose clothes that can be lifted at times to rub and massage balms into the skin. As well as being beneficial for many aches and pains and misalignments, the deep relaxation induced by Thai massage can be deeply relieving, restful, and healing. All of this is informed by a concious and attentive touch.

My own personal experience of learning and practicing Thai massage over 25 years is described in a blog here.

Thai Massage Treatment Times 

Due to the slow unhurried and thorough nature of Thai massage, treatments are longer than some massage forms.  I believe in the old unhurried way still often practiced in Thailand as being the most therapeutically effective; so I try to practice in that spirit offering treatments from an hour up to 3 hours ( See opposite for costs and options ). Please note that less than 1 1/2 hours is difficult to do a full body treatment comprehensively, 2 hours plus is better. Dependent on need, priority and time, treatments can be more focussed and specific to a body area, or more whole body focussed.

Where and When

I practice Thai massage in Totnes and am generally available from 9 am to 7 pm most days and occasional Saturday mornings. Home visits are possible for an extra charge for time and petrol.

My Working Hours.

Depending on the week I am generally available :

Monday 9 am - 5.15 pm 

Tuesday 9 am - 7.30 pm (not every week)

Wednesday 9 am - 5.15 pm 

Thursday  9 am - 7.30 pm 

Friday 9 am - 7.30 pm (not every week) 

Booking Your First Session and What will Happen

To book your session or if you would like to discuss your needs in advance please call/text/WhatApp 07915 650106 or e mail . At your first session we will discuss your relevant medical history and your reasons for coming for Thai massage - there is no charge for this discussion - just allow an extra 10 - 15 minutes for the first session. I will lend you clothes for the massage. Please note, once a session has been booked I need 24 hours notice of cancellation or the session will have to be paid for. 

Further General Information and FAQ’S


Some body pain can be resolved in one or two sessions of Thai massage, however some pain issues that have been building up for a longer time due to physical imbalance or chronic tension will take longer to resolve. In these cases three to six treatments fairly close together can make a significant difference.  Some problems can be resolved, and some managed, depending on the severity of their nature and how long they have been present. Longer treatments are often helpful as most body pain issues don't exist in isolation and it takes time to get around the whole body.

How long a treatment should I have?

 When I first studied Thai massage I was told the minimum time for proper therapy was two and a half hours, which at first I didn't understand, but now I really do . It sounds obvious to say - but the body/mind comes as a whole and not in parts. And while it is certainly possible to do useful work on a 'problem' area in a shorter time, it is so much more effective if a more whole body approach can be taken. For that reason 2, 2 1/2 or 3 hour massages are great . I even make them cheaper the longer they are per hour because I believe in it.  


For a general boost of health and vitality, three to six treatments fairly close together can be very beneficial. As a preventive for physical problems and to mitigate the cumulative effects of stress, a Thai massage every two, four or six weeks is beneficial; but any regularity of massage, even if it is every two or three months, really helps. You can of course have a one off treatment to relax and rejuvenate anytime or just to try it out.


The use of heated herbal compresses and medicated balms and oils in Thai massage hugely enhances the effect of the massage and I use them a lot. They are partly helpful to support deep tissue work by softening tissues . They also support blood flow and nerve health. Some of them also have an anti inflammatory effect and are effective for pain relief on many levels. The heat and the smell of the herbs from the heated herbal compresses is also very calming. I can also use a neutral balm if you prefer. I have a blog article on the ingredients and use of herbal compress here . 


No. Sometimes Thai massage is presented as being about stretches and applied yoga positions for show, but it often isn't like that at all and may well just consist of massage and acupressure as appropriate. Some of the applied stretch photos above are just for illustration and are only relevant for some people. But if you like the idea of lots of movement and stretching that is also possible.


Not in a unpleasant way. Acupressure and deep tissue massage on blocked or tight areas can feel like a good, relieving 'pain' , but it should always have a relaxing element to it. Sometimes in Asia uncomfortable deep pressure massage is a cultural expectation, so if you have had massage in Thailand it may have been with a strong pressure; I tend not to work as strongly as some do in Thailand unless requested. I would always ask permission before any deeper work. It's always a balance , but for many people deeper pressure massage is ultimately more relaxing and effective than something that is too light.  


Generally no, unless someone has specific training for that (I don't). Some people in Thailand do and may include chiropractic type techiques in their massage.


Mostly on. Pressure and massage techniques are mainly applied through loose clothes. I have plenty available to borrow. When balms and oil are used they are applied and massaged into skin with some massage by first lifting baggy clothes; work then generally continues with clothes back over. In some cases a bit of oil/balm based tissue work can be helpful. When heated herbal compresses are used they are applied both on top of clothes and sometimes on skin.


Thai massage is holistic in approach and aims to support and enhance the natural healing and self-rejuvenating capacities of body and mind. Much illness, disease and body pain is caused by the effects of stress and/or postural, lifestyle and occupational issues on our minds and bodies. Thai massage is an excellent way to relieve these tensions and strains. If you have an illness, disease or problem being treated by a doctor, on the whole there should be no containdication to receive Thai massage at the same time - the two should be mutually supportive. In general though if you are being treated by a doctor it's a good idea to get their advice/permission regarding the suitability of massage for your condition. 


Many aspects of the Thai description of anatomy and physiology are in essence not so different from Western anatomy and physiology . There is a theory of working through the layers of the body sequentially ; skin, tissue (muscle and fascia), sen (translating as pathways of movement in the body), bone/joint movement and organs ( in terms of the effect of massage on them) . In this way it is very comprehensive . The careful working through layers is partly why Thai massage can be longer, as it's generally not possible to go quickly though layers. Thai culture, influenced by Buddhism, views the physical, mental and emotional  aspects of a person as an interellating whole. The dynamics of health and illness are also understood through Thai element theory which views an individual's physical and mental constitution in relationship to their social and natural environment. Although it is part of a very old form of traditional medicine it is very much in sync with modern ideas of massage and holistic health care.


If you are in acute or unusual pain, Thai massage may not the place to start and a visit to your doctor  maybe more appropriate to get a more in depth diagnosis. That said I have helped people in acute body pain and massage can  be helpful to calm down muscle spasm and associated tension. If in doubt feel free to call 07915 650106 or e mail.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions or to book please e mail or call/text/WhatsApp 07915 650106

Thai Massage
Thai Massage Options

Thai massage can be beneficial for:

  • Back pain and sciatica. 
  • Neck pain.
  • Shoulder pain.
  • Arm, elbow, wrist and hand pain.
  • Hip, knee, ankle and leg pain.
  • General feelings of aching, stiffness and/or and physical unease.
  • Negative postural patterns. 
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Recovery from injury.
  • To prevent injury threatening conditions building up by addressing imbalanced, overworked or heavily used areas of the body.
  • To help promote recovery after periods of activity.
  • Enhancing circulation. 
  • Stress and fatigue.
  • Anxiety, depression and chronic tension.
  • Sleep problems.
  • General malaise and lack of energy.
  • Migraine and headaches. 
  • Soothing degenerative conditons of the nervous system.
  • Some digestive issues.
  • As general maintainence to keep us functioning at the best level possible.


Also people have Thai massage:

  • To support detox.
  • To feel better,relax, reset and reorientate.
  • As a tonic.
  • As a support for yoga , martial arts, dance and sport/athletics.

Thai massage treatments and prices:

1 hour £50 
1 1/4 hours - £55

1 1/2 hours - £60

2 hours - £70

2 1/2 hours £80

3 hours £90

Block Booking Savings

If you book and pay for three or more sessions in advance I can offer packages of £5 off per session. For example three 1 1/4 hour massages booked and used within a six week period would be £150 instead of £165 .  


You can pay by cash, card, bank transfer or Pay Pal above - let me know what's best for you.

Gift vouchers

Gift vouchers are available if you would like to get a massage as a present for family or friends. Please e mail or call 07915 650106 and I can e mail one for you to print out or just keep on a phone.

Experience and Qualifications 

I've practiced massage since 1997 and have taken numerous courses of study including:

Core Practice Courses.

Several courses of study and practice at Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai and their accredited teachers  including - Kira Balaskas (UK) , Asokananda ( RIP ) ( Thailand) , Ralf Marzen (UK)  and Suriyan Punyafoo  (Thailand).

Thai Medical Massage Practice Courses: 

Thai Acupressure with Noam Tyroler - Thai Acupressure   

Thai Massage Theory and Practice with Felicity Joy , Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Thai Massage Medical Therory and Practice with Nephyr Jacobsen at the Naga Centre in Portland USA . Naga Centre   

Thai Massage Therapy with Suryan Punyafoo, Chiang Mai, Thailand . Therapeutic Thai

Thai massage Therapy with Homprang Chaleekanha (Traditional Doctor) at the Ban Hom Samunphrai School near Chaing Mai .

Western Massage Training 

I've also studied Soft Tissue Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage . As a BTEC level 5 it's the highest level massage qualification available in the UK at present . I found much useful knowledge as well as techniques and ideas that I use to enhance Thai massage.