Where to get a massage in Prague – Thajsky raj fish spa and Royal Thai massage
After all the walking with my friends around the Christmas markets with the incredible smell of roasted chestnuts, I simply knew getting a massage was the best thing I could do.
Thajsky raj (which literally means Thai Paradise in Czech) was the right place to go to. There’s a few of them around Prague but the closest one to me was the one at Staroměstské náměstí (the Old Town Square.) The spa is attracting visitors already from the square with its vivid green, red and golden design, an interesting fish spa at the shopping window and now at Christmas even with a Santa Claus man and a guy dressed up like a shark. I was sold straight away!
Radka, the Czech receptionist, greeted me at the door, showed me where to leave my boots and offered me a cup of herbal tea. Then I was walked to the back where a girl showered and cleaned my legs so I was ready for the fish spa.
Fish spa. You hear me right! For some reason (still unknown to me) I was always scared of it. Putting my feet and calves into a water container and let fish eat me alive? It must hurt! Or even worse! It must tickle, right? I was thinking. I refused the fish spa every single time when in Thailand and said yes to (sometimes) painful Thai massage instead.
But this time I even went to Thajsky raj knowing I would get a fish spa.
Sometimes, or to be honest as often as I can, I like to put myself out of my comfort zone.
It tickled me just the very first minute when I put only my heels into the aquarium. Then, it turned out that the Garra Rufa fish are very friendly and they liked me as much as I started to like them :D
Usually, the fish spa is for 25 minutes only but I felt so comfortable there that I stayed for more than 85 minutes :D
Most of the masseuse in the Thajsky raj really come from Thailand but just next to me there was a masseur who definitely did not look Thai at all. His name was Beshir and he is from Sousse from Tunisia. While I was enjoying the fish eating my foot dead skin and making my feet smooth as a baby butt, we talked with Beshir about everything from traveling and weather to different nationalities.
Afterwards, I could get more tea and was ready for a Royal Thai massage of 90 minutes. It was a mixture of oil massage, classic Thai massage (but not very strong) and a massage with the hot bags with Thai herbs.
I mean a Thai massage in Prague? Awesome! A Royal Thai massage in Prague? Even better :)
I had no idea they had massage rooms downstairs too until we walked in there! Now I get it. Upstairs is mostly for the foot massage and fish spa and then all the other massages are done privately in closed rooms – or on single or double beds for couples.
First, my Thai female masseuse massaged me the feet and legs from the back side, then also the back both first through a towel and then when the skin got used to the heat, the bags were used to massage the skin directly. The hot bags with herbs imported from Thailand work based on thermo therapy when the muscles absorb the heat and use it to cure where it’s needed the most.
At first I jumped a lot as I didn’t have a massage for long. Then I finally could relax and indulge in the oriental music and Na’s soft moves.
The hot bag massage was followed by a brief oil massage on both legs and my back.
Then from the front – the feet and legs – and from the sides as well. Finally the arms (oh yeah) and the belly. I really had to go to the restroom as I had 3 cups of herbal tea just before the massage so I could not wait until the belly massage was over :D
What hurt me the most was the neck massage, mostly very close to the clavicle.
The massage was finished with the traditional Thai massage moves with arms, neck and a head massage also in the seated position.
I have to say that I left the Thajsky raj like a brand new person. My feet felt and looked 20 years younger and the whole stress stored over different parts of my body was completely gone. I could fly out of the spa and continue with my Christmas shopping.