According to the teachings of traditional Thai healing, the use of herbs and massage should be part of a regular health-and-beauty regimen, not just an excuse for pampering. You need no excuse to get a massage, and it’s just as well because Bangkok could mount a strong claim to being the massage capital of the world. Exactly what type of massage you’re after is another question. Variations range from store-front traditional Thai massage to an indulgent spa ‘experience’ with service and style. And even within the enormous spa category there are choices; there is plenty of pampering going around, but some spas focus more on the medical than the sensory, while plush resort-style spas offer a laundry list of appealing treatments.