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Spa review: Luxury is a state of mind at The Peninsula Spa

Custom-designed for The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Bangkok — with the help of Dr Buathon Thienarrom, founder of the Sukkasart Institute of Healing Arts in Hua Hin — ‘The Essential Mind’ holistic spa programme (THB 5,900) offers authentic therapeutic techniques brought from Tibet, such as the unique Tibetan vibrational singing bowls. Coupled with bespoke blends of essential oils, as well as a rejuvenating massage session, the 90-minute ‘The Essential Mind’ aims to cater to the three important elements of your health — mind, body and spirit — and help you achieve profound levels of relaxation.

Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Spa’s tranquil setting immediately invites you to relax. After a warm sip of Oolong tea, the massage therapist, who is personally trained by Dr Buathon, will then guide you to your secluded spa treatment room. The relaxing space is tastefully furnished with teak wood and Thai touches.

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The sweet scent of osmanthus marks the beginning of this immersive wellness programme. Imagine an aromatic blend of indigenous Thai herbal and floral oils massaged into your skin with gentle motions, unknotting your blockages and relieving you from uncomfortable build-up of muscle tension. Dr Buathon tells us that the healing touch massage motions help stimulate your body’s energy flows, and encourage lymphatic drainage as well.

Using ancient Thai techniques, the massage treatment is divided into three sessions. For starters, your expert therapist will massage a fragrant blend of basil and peppermint oil onto your upper back with gentle pressing, which will ease away muscle stiffness. This is then followed by rolling and circular movements with the application of kaffir lime and jasmine oil extracts. Lastly, with a warm mix of cinnamon and clove oil, the therapist will stimulate your back’s meridian lines and pressure points, all to help you alleviate pain and muscle tension.

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The treatment ends with soothing sounds of Tibetan vibrational singing bowls, which are designed to help you achieve mental relaxation. You will then be surrounded by seven of these singing bowls, and the vibrations will almost no-fail lead you into a sweet, deep slumber. Dr Buathon mentioned that this is the ‘inner peace’ state that the treatment aims to take you, where your mind quiets and all energies are balanced.

Rejuvenating and relaxing, this ‘The Essential Mind’ programme will not only soothe all your tense muscles but also heal you from within. After this comprehensive wellness treatment, you are treated to a refreshing sip of citrus water, and welcomed to stay for a healthy detox meal.

If you would like to meet Dr Buathon to learn more about Tibetan medicine and techniques, as well as Taoist practice, book an exclusive workshop with her this upcoming February.

The Peninsula Spa

The Peninsula Spa, 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, +66 2 020 2888

Spa review: Luxury is a state of mind at The Peninsula Spa

Chanya Ormtavesub

Staff Writer, Bangkok

Chanya enjoys writing about everything related to fashion and beauty. If you ever catch her day-dreaming, she’s probably thinking about what to put next onto her shopping wish lists and how to make her cat happy.


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