First time receiving a massage, suffering from knots in shoulders. Staff were helpful and professional. Further different treatment was recommended to help solve the problem. A slight bruising appeared afterwards on my neck, but overall enjoyed the experience and will be returning.
I'm sorry to have to write a bad review, but this was genuinely a bad experience. I've been here once before, and had a good Thai massage which was only marred by being interrupted twice by other staff hammering at the door at the end of massage. I decided to give this place another go.
I have had a lot of Thai massage, and a lot of other forms of massage.
I can categorically state, that in my experience, this massage was NOT performed by someone who was trained in massage. at all.
the Lady who did my massage was wearing a white drs coat, and asked me to fill in a questionnaire asking medical info. this was not done on my last visit.
my assumption is what happened here, is this was the Chinese medicine Dr, who maybe does acupuncture or something. I have no idea why this lady did my "Thai massage" but I can also categorically state, this was NOT a Thai massage.
usually a Thai massage begins with being covered by a towel, and being "padded" on by the therapist. sometimes they use their knees/feet as well as hands to massage. this massage began immediately with her removing towel to the waist, applying oil and massaging my back. then, she covered me again, and attempted the basic idea of using knees to massage. you NEED to be trained in this. it can be DANGEROUS to use this technique if you don't know what you're doing. other things that told me that this was in no way done by a trained professional in Thai massage are:
1.the towel is usually removed to expose one area, in my case it was lifted to the waist and both legs exposed as only one was being massaged.
2. there was very little repetition, so things done on one side were never mirrored on the other
3. the "thumping" thing usually done right at the end of massage was repeated 4 times, 4 TIMES!! this was in between oil massage, and felt totally, totally random and uncoordinated.
4. there was absolutely no nuance at all. if I'm being 100% honest, there were moments where the massage felt good, but realistically when a human touches another human without the intent to hurt them, for an hour, it will probably feel good during certain moments. I paid £50 for this £45 with a review code added. the massage was worse than what most of my friends could provide if they were just joking around.
I believe wholeheartedly that I myself could actually provide a better massage than I received last night, and am willing to explain to the management of the venue how every bit of the service provided could be improved.
the lady was very friendly, and I'm sorry, genuinely to write this, but I simply do.not. believe she has ever been trained in Thai massage, and if she has, an urgent re training is required.
if this venue is allowing undertrained people to attempt something they've never done before, which is exactly how this felt, the management need to step in and stop this. before someone gets hurt.