Ancient wellness techniques revived at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort


Anantara Chiang Mai Resort has revived and introduced two of northern Thailand’s rare massage and aromatherapy techniques – ‘Yam Khang’ and ‘Yajoo’, both with long historical roots connecting guests to rich heritage. Lanna of the region.

‘Yam Khang’ or Thai Fire Therapy is an ancient Lanna tradition, considered a sacred art where the therapist must have acquired great spiritual maturity. The treatment is done using only the feet which are first bathed in a healing oil infused with mixed local herbs. The therapist then slides her foot over an iron shear or ‘khang’ which has been heated over an open fire, then expertly balanced, she massages the guest with one foot alone.

With a strong tradition of rice cultivation, farming communities in northern Thailand have used a cast iron plow (khang) for centuries, which is credited with mythical properties while being an indispensable part of farming life.

The 60-minute Yam Khang treatment is priced at $170. As the treatment uses an open fire, it is done outside next to Anantara Chiang Mai’s beautiful swimming pool on the banks of the Ping River.

Stepping into air-conditioned comfort, the ‘Yajoo’ treatment uses the healing powers of the local ‘plai’ herb to ease tension and deeply relax guests. The 90-minute treatment begins with the heating of a herbal poultice, releasing a fragrant aroma, which is then pressed along the body to relieve pain and inflammation. A plai oil massage follows, ending with a light head massage and Tok Sen. Tok Sen involves tapping a wooden hammer along your Sen energy line, relaxing muscles, healing chronic pain, and improving nervous system pathways.

Anantara Chiang Mai’s 90-minute Yajoo Therapy starts at $150 and includes:

  • Relaxing foot bath
  • Foot pressure therapy using a wooden tok sen hammer
  • Application of a plaster, heated on an iron plate, to areas of concern
  • Full body massage with pleather oil using long light strokes for deep penetration
  • Light head massage and tok sen back massage using a wooden hammer.

For more information about Yajoo and/or to make a reservation, contact Anantara Chiang Mai Resort by email or by phone on 053 253 333.

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Top image: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Yam Khang poolside; and image above: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Tok Sen during Yajoo treatment

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