Meet Anantara Chiang Mai Resort’s Thai Massage Guru
Sawasdee from Chiang Mai, my name is Noot and here is my story…
Thai massage – Thailand's ultimate bucket list experience
I have been doing massage my whole life. As a young girl, not even ten years old, my mum would ask me to walk on her back and legs every evening as a way to ease her aching back and legs after a long day of work at the market. This is standard for children in rural households across Thailand as they are taught from a young age how to ease the aching muscles of their parents and grandparents by walking on their back and legs.
Khun Noot trained as a physiotherapist
As children, we don’t understand the acupressure point theory behind it, but we quickly learn how to pull and push limbs and how to soothe the muscles. I decided I wanted to know how to do massage properly, and I went on to study physiotherapy at university. After that, I went on to study massage at a Thai Massage academy in Bangkok, followed by a course in Thai massage back in Chiang Mai.
Rather than finding a job as a physiotherapist in a hospital, like many of my classmates did, I opted for finding work in the more serene environment of a spa. With relaxing music, aromatherapy and an overall nicer sensory experience than a hospital, I interact and educate my spa guests about their bodies so they can better understand their aches and ailments.
I believe in the power of massage to treat the root cause, and as a physio, I learned how to treat people with my hands rather than medicine. I personally don’t like taking medication in my body, and I apply this approach treatment with my guests. Before starting the massage at Anantara Chiang Mai Spa, I talk with my guest to learn about their concerns, habits and day-to-day activities so I can better understand what their issues may be.
I also like to recommend activities that will extend the benefits of their massage so they can treat themselves at home rather than reaching for a pain killer next time they have a niggle in their back. I teach my guests techniques they can follow at home to treat pain or how even to avoid injury.
Khun Noot recommends activities that extend the benefits of massage
Prevention is better than cure and I believe it is so important to know how to take care of ourselves so that we avoid any injury or harm. This is my philosophy on life.