Thursday, 11 October 2012

Best Spa Treatments at Golf Clubs in Thailand

There is no shortage of information about golf courses in Thailand, or tourism in Thailand in general; but have you ever thought about what sorts of unique things Thailand might have to offer golfers specifically besides beautiful courses, affordable green fees, and an eager service mindedness? (Leaving out nightlife, cultural attractions, and the shopping).

How are your elbow and wrist holding up? Tightness in your hips or lower back? Thailand has one of the most developed therapeutic cultures on the planet, both unique to the kingdom and as part of its rich inheritance from Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicinal culture.

If you've played any of the major courses in Thailand (or any golf at all in Thailand), you are no doubt aware of the ubiquity of massage therapy and spa treatments at resorts and golf clubs. Massage is not unique to Thailand or even Asia, so this is only moderately exciting (it is very exciting if you look at the cost of these treatments compared to the cost of a massage in Australia or the U.S., for example).

But acupuncture is harder to find outside of Asia, and there are a few specific applications that people playing golf in Thailand might do well to be aware of; primarily because it's cheap enough here to try it, even if you aren't sure I'm telling the truth about the efficacy of it.

Golfers elbow, from the elbow down the inner forearm to the wrist, can not only devastate your game, but sleeping on that side, driving, even shaking hands will eventually all become tortuous. (In case you hadn't guessed yet, I speak from experience.) I have found, and been told by other golfers in Thailand (and around the world), that acupuncture is very quick and effective in treating the symptoms and perhaps to some degree the root causes of the condition. My guess is it wouldn't hurt as a preventative measure in the early stages of tendonitis' development either.

You can find acupuncturists anywhere in the country, even some of the nicer hospitals. But for the sake of expedience, try Blue Canyon Country club in Phuket, most excellent spa facilities there. Santiburi golf club on Koh Samui is also a MUST hit for your golf holiday in Thailand, their therapists will help let the tension out of the hips and improve the fluidity of your swing. While they didn't have an acupuncturist on staff when I was last there (it's been about two years actually), they have a spa menu that is like 10 pages long; everything from massage down to Tai Chi and Yoga classes, with plenty of feminine treatments like waxing, manicure, hair stuff, and so on thrown into the mix.

But there's a lot more to enjoy about Thailand's golf offerings than a good pampering, take a look at what's out here, maybe you'll make the trip out here and see for yourself!

A love for the game of golf and a life of leisure led Bill to the happiest place on earth, Thailand. Health and travel tips, detailed course information, and any good deals on Phuket golf courses airfare, accommodation and anything else that has to do with golf tourism in Asia/Pacific or a Thailand golf vacation