I immediately knew I was in the right place. Looking through the glass doors I could see the large Buda surrounded by bamboo and green plants. The wood pathway that disappeared behind a light tan and white colored screen was outlined by white rocks that you would normally see outside. I was looking forward to getting out of the cool rainy weather and getting into this warm outdoor looking and feeling environment, yet it was inside.
Upon entering the relaxing atmosphere, I was greeted by Su, the owner of ThanTawan Thai Massage studio in Basel, Switzerland. She brought me some hot green tea as I warmed up and we talked about the massage studio. Over the past 11 years, she has put her heart, soul, and hands into her business. From spending hours giving Thai Massages, she has also designed and created the ThanTawan space. Personally, decorating and redecorating throughout the years. This summer’s project is to transform one of the two double treatment rooms into a garden oasis.
“Every March, every spring, I feel like I need to change something here, and I do almost all the work myself. Except for the heaving lifting,” she told me. She did tell me her age and I’m not going to share it. However, I can say, I never would have guessed it.
The Thai Massage Studio
ThanTawan is about a 10-minute walk from Basel Central Station or a 5-minute drive from Hotel Euler (A fantastic hotel I stayed in. The tropical Thai décor has an immediate peaceful and calming energy to the studio. Throughout, the rooms are decorated with neutral tan tones, white towels, and bedding, with a splash of color. The dim light and flower arrangements bring a relaxing ambiance to each room.
The massage spa contains two couples’ rooms and two single rooms. The enormous couples’ rooms have two large massage beds with substantial space around each of them. They also have two high-back wicker chairs with cushions and a small table area to relax at. Blending into the neutral décor, you have a coat and clothes hanger in the corner. One of these rooms will be transformed into a garden oasis this summer. Couples can then experience the Zen room or the Garden Room.
The two oversized singles rooms have the same décor and color palette as the couples’ massage rooms. However, one has a traditional Thai massage bed and one regular massage table for guests who prefer a standard massage.
The Asian massage studio also has one bathroom with a shower for guest who wants to wash the oils off after the massage. There are also two additional bathrooms available for use.
Thai Massage Therapy
During a traditional Thai Massage, you are stretched, pulled, and rocked by your Thai massage therapist. They will use every part of their body in order to do this, including their thumbs, elbows, and knees. Many people believe there are several Thai massage benefits. They include boosting energy, lowering stress, and improving athletic performance. The traditional Thai massage treatment is done over the clothing. However, many places have combined the traditional pulling and stretching with the traditional massage in western countries, using oils on the skin for an oil massage. There are several different types of massage including Swedish massage, Shiatsu massage, sports massage, Ayurvedic massage, and pregnancy massage, just to name a few; so finding the best massage for you is important.
The Thai massage I received was a full body massage and foot massage. It was relaxing and invigorating at the same time. I enjoyed having the warm heated blanket under me as I was massaged with oils listening to the relaxing music being played. Throughout the massage, I was asked many times about the pressure being used as I was massaged and stretched. It was perfect for me. I enjoy a deep tissue massage. I have hard to get out knots along my shoulder blades so when I get a massage, it feels great when strong elbow pressure is used. Don’t worry if you don’t like that much pressure, as I said, I was asked several times and it was great for me. When you go to Basel Switzerland make sure you go to ThanTawan Massage center.
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