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A day in Bangkok’s urban jungle can be exhausting, and while laughter is the best medicine, the city’s ﬂourishing spa scene has something even better to soothe the soul. Time to say goodbye to seething headaches as Masala Recommends the top places for a Shirodhara massage. This Sanskrit portmanteau, ‘shiro’ meaning ‘head’ and ‘dhara’ translating to ‘ﬂow’, describes the Ayurvedic practice of massaging oil, milk, buttermilk, or water, into the head and scalp region. The treatment is believed to improve blood circulation, which helps with expanding memory and minimising stress, not to mention leaving your hair super shiny!
RarinJinda Wellness Spa
Famous for their state-of-the-art hydrotherapy, RarinJinda Wellness Spa oﬀers treatments that marry traditional Thai practices with cutting-edge spa technology. Formed under the Siam Wellness Group with many accolades, this heavenly spa has curated health packages like the Ayurvedic Hide Away (THB 4,000++), a four-part, two-hour treatment that includes a relaxing Shirodhara massage. Similarly, and the Rarinjinda Golden Memories package, an indulgent six-part, ﬁve-hour treatment (THB 8,200++) that also includes the Shirodhara massage. Find them in Phloenchit and Ratchadamri.
A sanctuary in the middle of a bustling city, Oasis Spa is true to its name. Founded by Toby Allen and Pakin Polyphicha who wanted to establish an easy-to-access luxury spa experience in the central city, visitors to Oasis Spa can expect a calming experience that pays tribute to Thai heritage and its treasured therapies. Starting from THB 1,800++, the one-hour Shirodhara massage will induce a state of serenity as locally sourced herbal oils are gently massaged into your head and scalp to treat multiple conditions like migraines and insomnia. With several locations across the city, make your booking now to escape to an oasis like never before!
An extension of the Centara hotels brand, SPA Cenvaree at Centara Grand at CentralWorld centres on the ethos of making their guests feel at one with nature. Their motto “We Care” boasts their commitment to enhancing your wellness experience, while ‘varee’ in their name derives from ‘water’ in Sanskrit, so visitors can rest assured that their spa provides an ambience as calming as free ﬂowing water. Their one- hour Shirodhara-inspired treatment, known as Shirobanya, will cure your tension and leave you transformed. Further wash away your stress with a wallet-friendly deal at only THB 1,021++ when booking using the app, GoWabi.
Conveniently located in Siam Square, Treasure Spa oﬀers an array of treatments that relieve tension. As their treasured guests, trained practitioners can recommend the perfect treatment, which oﬀer modern interpretations of revered ancient Ayurvedic practices. To revitalise your core energy, the Shirodhara Third-Eye Oil Pouring treatment involves the rhythmic pouring of warm oil onto your forehead (the location of your spiritual third eye). The oil is then delicately massaged around the scalp and face to help with blood circulation and pain relief. Book a 60-minute massage for THB 2,200++ or treat yourself to the 90-minute massage for THB 3,000++. The spa also has discounted deals on GoWabi.
Health Land Spa & Massage
Highly acclaimed by CNN as one of the world’s happiest places, for over 20 years Health Land Spa & Massage has oﬀered several unparalleled wellness experiences that combine modern science with traditional Thai practices while also establishing their own line of aromatherapy. With locations across the city, Health Land is the ideal place to treat yourself to some rejuvenation. To foster harmony between the mind, body and spirit, the one-hour Shirodhara (priced at THB 2,000) is a full-body feet to head treatment that relieves tension, and nourishes the soul and stomach as refreshments are included. Before the massage, Ayurvedic specialists will carefully select the perfect oil to maximise your experience. You can also browse through multiple Ayurvedic packages that oﬀer Shirodhara alongside complementary treatments.