Chiang Mai's Best Massage
WOW! I don’t even know what else to say about Lulla Massage other than WOW WOW WOW. This place has made me a new person multiple times, and I’m sure it will many more times in the future.
Lulla really is a hidden gem! I went and got a massage there many times during my stay in Chiang Mai (my Airbnb apartment was just a couple of minutes’ walk away).
Located in Nimman, Lulla is the second branch that Pax and A (the owners) opened, with another branch (Chinola) being in the Old City.
It’s almost too good to share (let’s keep it a hidden gem), and I’m sure Lulla won’t stay small for long - great value catches on quickly. I seriously had the best massages of my life there.
You get a private room, tea and a cold towel before the massage while choosing your treatment, then ginger and pineapple cookies after the massage. The atmosphere and interior is cosy, warm, considered and designed beautifully.
I usually got one of their specials - 30 minutes of foot massage, followed by 60 minutes of Thai massage, and a 30 minutes oil back massage.
My first masseuse was amazing, it felt like she massaged every single part of my body and didn’t miss any spots at all. She really paid attention to what she did, and I even enjoyed the (often known as painful) Thai massage.
The second time I went, my therapist Som was just as amazing, and I went back to see her specifically every following time I went (though I know that all three therapists working at Lulla are absolutely great!).
Som seemed to really understand my body, she put so much effort and mindfulness into her massage. She had an intuitive feel for applying the right pressure, massaging parts that needed attention, … Som’s Thai massage felt like therapy, almost like a workout (in the most relaxing way). All the stretching, and then getting an oil massage afterwards felt like the best way to relax.
I’ve found that getting massages are a great way to become mindful and stay present - every time my mind wandered, I instantly became aware and came back to my body, which seemed a lot easier than during meditation, as you don’t want to “miss” anything when you’re getting such an amazing treatment. So when you do get lost in thought, you notice almost immediately.
If I were to choose between getting a Thai and a Balinese massage, I’d prefer the Thai one. It seemed more healing to me - you can tell that’s what it’s meant to do once you get a good one with just the right pressure and a therapist who knows what she’s doing. A lot of Balinese massages I got in Bali felt more like rubbing oil over my body.
Back to Lulla - here’s my recommendation: When you first get to Thailand, get a really cheap massage at any of the many massage places and enjoy it. You’ll probably be in heaven. Then move to the next level and go to Lulla, and you’ll be in double heaven. You won’t be able to go back to any other place after that (which is why I recommend getting the super cheap and standard massage first).
Last tip: If you want to fully enjoy the great treatments at Lulla, don’t get a massage when you’re too full, but don’t go when feeling hungry either. It’s the same as with exercise: eat around 2 hours before, so you’re not stuffed, but not starving either.
I seriously wouldn’t have any issues skipping all other massage places, and just go back to Lulla 5 times a week ;) The great massages, the atmosphere and experience are so worth it!