Massage is no longer exclusive to luxury spas and upscale health clubs in HCMC; you can now find it anywhere from clinics to hospitals and even airports, not to mention nearly every street in every ward of HCMC. Whether it is Thai, deep tissue or four hands that you are after, you can find it here. There is a large range of spas throughout the city, and prices to suit all pockets.

From facials to mud baths and aromatherapy to hot stone massage, HCMC’s spas and massage parlours and provide respite from the outside world. Particularly charming are the spas with antique decor housed in old villas, complete with swimming pools, saunas and garden menus. Most of the spas in town offer special rates for couples if you want to pamper yourself with someone special. Just be careful to specify “no happy ending” if that's not what you're looking for.

There are two main massages available in Ho Chi Minh City; the Traditional Vietnamese massage and Thai Massage but there are also other techniques available too.

Traditional Vietnamese massage

Traditional Vietnamese massage, or the “Tam quat”, focuses on stimulating blood circulation by punching and clapping on the treatment areas. The goal is to relieve pain by putting pressure directly on the muscle to help you relax.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is a technique is more on compressing and stretching to improve flexibility. Your body will be stretched and put into yoga positions to relieve tension and boost flexibility.

Ventosa or Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy or Ventosa is a Chinese form of massage where warm cups are placed on the back to create a vacuum that draws a part of flesh into the cup. The cups are usually placed from the waist to shoulders for about 5 – 10 minutes to relieve pain, tension, and prevent cramps by working through the muscles. Be warned, cupping usually leaves a mark that looks like clotting or bruises but it is not as painful as you would expect.

Hot Stones

Smooth and heated stones are placed on the neck, shoulder, back, or waist. The heat and the slight pressure of the stones loosens up the muscles and relieves pressure.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage applies pressure to your body using circular motions to relieve muscle tension. It is a gentle massage technique combined with the use of oil to moisturize your skin.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage is a Japanese technique where the masseuse press on acupressure points, usually using their body weight to improve blood circulation.

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