Thai massage and its journey to Gaia

Posted on August 2, 2017 · Posted in Dining and Wellness, Luxury Travel in Costa Rica, Things to Do, Travel Tips

Let the journey begin…. 

Terra Spa is a fully equipped luxury SPA which boasts 6 treatment rooms offering a diversity of treatments to savor and select from.


Tranquility of Manuel Antonio

With the tranquility of Manuel Antonio, Quepos, tropical rainforest as background our highly trained therapists will spoil you depending on your personal needs.

Masseur Javier Techniques

We offer many different types of massages to pamper our guests of which Thai massage is our specialty. Masseur Javier our Thai massage specialist is trained and has acquired his professional techniques in Thailand. He has many years of practise and experience and we are very proud to have him as a part of the GAIA family.

Thai massage is very unique!  It is a system of massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand. It is influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India and China. Also known as “Lazy Yoga,” these interactive manipulations of the body uses passive stretching and gentle pressure, which is often performed on the floor, and where the client is required to wear comfortable clothing to allow for movement. No oils are used.


 The energetic aspects of Thai Massage

Thai massage is the most unique among massage therapies because it  combines both the physical and energetic aspects, that focuses on Sen or energy lines throughout the body, with the aim of clearing blockages in these

lines, and thus stimulates the flow of blood and Lymph throughout the body. By the end, one will feel both relaxed and energized, in an almost dreamlike state, and typically without pain.


The Combination of Thai & Tok Sen Massage

The Thai massage can be combined with “Tok Sen” massage and we are the only hotel in all of Costa Rica that offers this massage.

Tok Sen is perhaps one of the oldest forms of treatment of the Thai medical tradition. A wooden mallet, often made from the heart of a Tamarind tree, is used to rhymically tap a dowel, which can have blunted, round ends or be shaped like a wide wedge. The therapist uses palpation techniques, acupressure and massage in conjunction with Tok Sen, tapping lightly but firmly along areas of tension and pain, or quite deeply where muscle is dense or the local nerve is involved. The tapping results in a deep, resonating vibration which travels through the body, will leave a lingering feeling after the treatment is over.

The after indulgence….hmmmm


Terra Spa inside Gaia Hotel & Reserve is a true refuge for mind, body and spirit. We invite you to revel in our a la carte services or any of our several spa packages. Our goal is to create unforgettable memories.