Hot, herbal infused, tightly rolled towels are being pressed into my spine, legs and arms at the end of my 90 minute massage and just when I think it has ended, I am asked to sit up and to my surprise, I feel my neck and head being manipulated and moved. Today, I am at TTCM – Thai Traditional Complementary Medicine – Centre for Medical Excellence managed by the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University. This award-winning centre provides outstanding service for massage, acupuncture, Eastern and Western medicine, Thai and Chinese herbal medical and operates a shop “Herbs and More”. Prior to commencement of any service, blood pressure is taken and recorded and I am pleased that mine is in the normal range.
Traditional massage pants and shirts which have been perfectly pressed and folded are provided and wearing these, I enter the massage room where I will have my third treatment at TTCM. In the softly lit room, lying on my back, the treatment begins with my feet being wiped and wrapped in warm, white towels while my toes are massaged and slowly I begin to relax. I have requested my favourite masseur, a man, who will touch every bone in my spine, trigger point every weary muscle and manipulate joints that are tired with age. On my first visit to TTCM I asked him his name and smiling, he replied “I am called M45” and he led me to understand that all the staff are identified this way.
M45 continually reminds me that what I am feeling is good pain, not bad pain. Soon he is struggling to manage a stubborn shoulder joint which is causing me some discomfort however, the pain I am feeling is soon forgotten when I hear him quietly whisper “Oh my God help me” . . . “Somebody” . . . “Anybody”. . . and this makes me smile.
At the end of the 90 minutes as I am leaving the treatment room I thank M45 and he smiles at me and says “it is my pleasure” and I sense that he is teasing me about the “good pain” he made me endure to ensure the maintenance of my good health. After changing from the traditional outfit to my personal clothes, I sit quietly near the garden and sip a cup of warm herbal tea which will re-hydrate my body.
The centre is located at 55 Samlarn Road on the edge of the Old City in a two-storey traditional Thai timber house surrounded by magnificent gardens and plants. A sense of calm and quiet is evident as Thai people respectfully place flowers and food on their place of worship in the centre of the grounds. They come in wheel chairs, by foot, old, young, men and women; some are having general health checks, some blood tests, some Pulse Diagnosis, some Cupping Therapy. Many conditions and diseases are treated at this one location which is open daily, including Public holidays from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Work at the centre covers several matters – research of Thai traditional and alternative medicine using herbs and natural products; understanding and analysing the success of acupuncture and massage; the centre is a teaching and learning facility with the curriculum based on Thai Medicine, Massage for Health, Traditional Thai PostNatal Care and Chinese acupuncture and Thai massage; the centre is committed to providing outstanding health care service for everyone.
T.T.C.M is indeed a Centre of Excellence, a place of healing
which provides exceptional client service.
For an appointment, telephone 053 934 898. Staff speak Thai and English.
The cost of a 90 minute massage is BHT400 (AUD$16.00)
I recommend an article on http://happyskincare.com.au/ about Traditional Chinese Medicine in which the author, Phoebe, explains the ancient practice of reading faces to understand the health of a person http://happyskincare.com.au/2016/10/face-reading/