Long-running family massage business welcomes back customers at new Bubeneč branch

TAWAN offers traditional Thai massage – and a human touch – at a time when we need it most.

Marcus Bradshaw

Written by Marcus Bradshaw
Published on 13.07.2021 15:00 (updated on 13.07.2021)

Thai massage specialists TAWAN have recently opened a new salon in Prague 6’s upmarket Bubeneč district. The spacious salon offers five private massage rooms and is located in a modern building on Rooseveltova street, designed by renowned architect Bořek Šípek.

This latest addition brings the number of TAWAN salons in Prague to three, as the Bubeneč salon joins popular spas on Italská street and at Rezidence Vyšehrad. TAWAN also operates salons at different locations across the country, including Ríčany u Prahy, Brno, Špindlerův Mlýn and Karlovy Vary.

There are over thirty different treatments available at TAWAN. Treatments range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and include variations on classic Thai message, oil-based massages and special anti-stress messages. In addition, clients can choose from massages that focus on specific areas of the body (such as the face, hands, feet or back) and specialist massages that apply various external objects to the body, including hot herbs, hot chocolate, honey and even hot golf balls.

TAWAN was established 2006 by Jiřina Forejtková, a physiotherapist at the Vinohrady hospital. She discovered Thai massage while traveling in Asia, and was inspired to bring the practices that she saw there back home with her to central Europe. Her concept was simple: to provide the perfect experience of Thai massage with a western standard of comfort and service.

“We believe that there are several energy pathways in the body, which may become blocked during daily life,” says Forejtková.

“These pathways can be unblocked by applying pressure to the body’s acupressure points, as well as muscles and tendons, in combination with gentle stretching of the limbs and spine. During a Thai massage, the masseuse uses not just the palms and fingers during the massage, but also the forearms, elbows, and knees. The experience is designed to relieve the body of tension.” 

Forejtková explains that all of the therapists at TAWAN are native Thais who have learned their skills at prestigious schools, and who all have at least five years of professional experience from health spas all over the world.

“You can rest assured that you’re in the best of hands,” she says, adding that the massage takes place in loose clothing and is suitable for all ages. 

“In Thai families, massage skills are passed from generation to generation,” says Forejtková. This is something that Forejtková seems to have embraced herself, as both her son Michal Votruba and daughter Anna Forejtková are closely involved in the running of the salons.

“We are a family company owned and run for 15 years by the same people,” says Votruba. “Many of our staff feel like family to me,” he adds.

“Our salons are friendly and welcoming places,” says Votruba. “From the smile of the receptionist on arrival, to a complimentary cup of ginger tea as you chill out on a comfortable sofa after your message, a visit to TAWAN will put you at ease.” 

Tawan offers a 20 percent discount on their first massage to all new customers. To take advantage of the offer, simply sign up to TAWAN’s newsletter here. Each salon in Prague is open until 10 pm, and bathrobes, disposable linen, and shower facilities are provided.

This article was written in cooperation with the TAWAN s.r.o. Read more about our partner content policies here.

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