Thai massage therapy requires extensive training, and the preeminent place for it is Wat Po in Bangkok. The school offers three certification levels, with the third one alone requiring 800 hours. (Graduates are issued a certificate from the Thailand Ministry of Public Health.) There are numerous programs around the world with solid training as well, but many die-hard therapists make the pilgrimage to Thailand to acquire at least some authentic knowledge base.
First, I love walking into a place that makes you remove your shoes. Second, I love walking into a place where they remember who I am and actually greet me! I have been seeing Yupa for about two months now, and when I started, I could not play tennis, workout, run or move without being in excruciating back pain from a bulging disc in my lumbar. I don't even have to tell Yupa what to do. It's like she feels where the pain in my body is. I am hyper critical, and more likely to forget a massage place exists than return, but Metta Thai really has changed that. I love going here, I love the staff, I love the tea, and I highly recommend! Thank you for everything you do, Yupa!! You are seriously the best!
The cost of a Thai massage will really depend on where it is you go. You can get an amazing, one-hour Thai massage for ฿200 (about $6), but the salon itself might be less than luxurious. You can opt for one of the more expensive options, with the same massage, for upwards of ฿500 (about $15). While tipping is not necessarily a custom here in Thailand, we do recommend you tip your masseuse. The massages are incredibly cheap, and these people’s jobs are simply exhausting.
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