The main difference between these 2 massages is that The Khmer massages are not as vigorous as the Thai massage. There are also some minor stretches at the end taking no more than a minute to complete. Khmer massage is most of the time laying on your back – maybe 60% of the total experience and 40% lying in your stomach.
Whereas Thai massages work the entire body using a sequence of movements that are similar to yogic stretching. Your therapist will use their palms and fingers to apply firm pressure to your body. You'll also be stretched and twisted into various positions. You can wear loose, comfortable clothing during the massage.
The Traditional Khmer Massage History
Khmer massage is a traditional form of massage that originates from Cambodia. It has been practiced for centuries and is based on the principles of traditional Khmer medicine. Khmer massage involves the use of rhythmic pressure and stretching techniques to help release blocked energy and promote relaxation and healing.
In the past, Khmer massage was primarily used to treat muscular pain, joint stiffness, and other physical ailments. However, it is now widely recognized for its therapeutic benefits and is commonly used for stress reduction, improving circulation, increasing flexibility, and promoting overall health and wellbeing.
The practice of Khmer massage has been passed down through generations of practitioners and continues to be an important part of Cambodian culture. Many spas and wellness centers around the world now offer Khmer massage as part of their services, helping to promote this ancient healing tradition to a global audience.
The 2 main differences between these 2 Massages are:
1/ the pressure strength usage
The traditional Khmer massage always asks the person whether they should put more or less pressure on their body first, whereas the Thai massage always goes with a harder pressure because of their various "technique" even if you ask the therapist to lessen their pressure, you can still feel a little bit of pain within the techniques.
2/ The Techniques
The main technique of a non-oil Khmer massage is a type of 'kneading', working deep into the muscles and leaving you feeling relaxed and sleepy afterward. Pressure points are stimulated throughout your body, and it is not uncommon to drift away into a deep sleep.
Thai massage works the entire body using a sequence of movements that are similar to yogic stretching. Your therapist will use their palms and fingers to apply firm pressure to your body. You'll also be stretched and twisted into various positions.
Is the Khmer traditional massage worth it and where to find the best place to get it in Phnom Penh?
Overall, Cambodian massage is one of the most comfortable and soothing massage styles ever. It secures each one with the experience to help your body feel the 3Rs (Revitalized, Relaxed and Recovered). There are few travelers who have tried and attested the superb experience.
If you want to take a look at our massage, here is a preview on our youtube video.
So yes it is worth it, and the best place to get it in Phnom Penh is at:
AQUA SPA - Massage and Sauna Phnom Penh
Street 478, #35 Tuol Tompoung Phnom Penh 12310
Or You can book the massage directly to down below.