New Handcrafted Products

We added a subsidiary to our business just over a year ago Lanna Lavender.  We planted a large lavender bed to give us a unique product to grow and to use for our Massage business.

It’s been a while but finally our Lavender is nearing the time to harvest for the first time.

We’ve taken the down time created by Covid-19 to develop some products to support Lanna Thai Massage which was mandated closed by the Government.

We have developed some differing products but all will be in the form of balms. Lavender will normally be the primary base but we are developing others as well.   We only use quality ingredients; Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pharmaceutical grade Bees Wax, naturally sourced ingredients or Lavender from our own field here in Grand Forks, BC.

We hope to be offering our balms by mid July, 2020.

Lanna Thai Massage – Possible Reopening Date

Although we are not a member of the College of Massage Therapists of B.C – Lanna Thai Massage will at the very least follow their guidelines and will not open until the end of June at the earliest. Our clients health and well being is our number one priority.

College of Massage Therapists of B.C. News Release

Registered massage therapists will not return to work, even at reduced levels, until at least the end of May, and possibly the end of June, according to the College of Massage Therapists of B.C.

In an online town hall held on the evening of April 20, Dr. (Bonnie) Henry said professions such as massage therapy, chiropractic and dentistry would be part of the ‘next phase’ of the provincial health officer’s planning, and emphasized that ‘we’re not at the point yet where we can let down our guard,’” the college states on its website.

Also, both on April 20 and at her April 21 briefing, Dr. Henry made it clear that practice of such professions would not look the same, and that part of the PHO’s work will involve providing appropriate profession-specific guidance for a restricted, controlled return to practice.

While we have no specific timeline for this to happen, it is unlikely to happen before the end of May, and perhaps not even before the end of June.”

COVID-19 and Lanna Thai Massage

For the health and safety of our customers, employees, and the wider community, we’ve made the very difficult decision to close Lanna Thai Massage  as of March 19, 2020 until further notice.   We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Is your back pain actually from your back?

Is your back pain actually from your back?

We all have back pain at some point in our lives but often it’s not from our back directly. Ruling out medical issues like bulging disks, calcifying facet joints or Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) which should be diagnosed by a Doctor there are other muscular skeletal problems that cause pain and some of them are strangely unrelated to you actal back.

Piriformis Syndrome causes many issues that people call back pain but is actually caused by the Piriformis muscle impinging on the Sciatic nerve which causes pain from your hip down your leg. A badly inflamed Piriformis muscle can drop you to your knees with pain. There are specific stretches you can do to help stretch the Piriformis muscle but sometimes you need some help. Thai massage is incredibly good for assisting a stretch of this muscle and acupressure will also lengthen it to relieve the pain.

Most men, once they age a bit, have a common problem, tight hamstrings. You can’t efficiently stretch them yourself unless it’s very minor. Most me need assisted stretching and loosening of the muscle itself. This is not always a comfortable procedure but in the end it’s well worth it. Tight hamstrings throw the body mechanics of your hip out of alignment. A good thorough stretching can bring it back into alignment and reduce not only pain but also stress on our joints.

The other muscle group that we often have problems with is the Erector Spinae group, the two long thin muscles that go up each side of your spine. Often people complain about back spasms and this group or groups it attaches to are often the cause. It’s relatively easy to massage these muscles and stretch them so they are not stressed and have less tenancy to spasm or overly contract and tighten up. 

 Your back has a huge number of muscles working in tandem to keep you erect, let you bend and help you rotate. One muscle out of sync with the others can cause major problems.

One thing we’d like to say in closing, if you have joint pain – knee, hip, back or foot – reducing your weight by just one pound will take off the equivalent of 4 pounds of force on your joints.

Some Info About Traditional Thai Massage

We get lots of questions about Thai Massage so we’ll try and answer a few here.

The first difference you’ll notice between a Thai massage and the classic western styles it the lack of equipment.  Swedish and deep tissue massages take place atop a massage table, Thai massages take place upon a floor mat. This allows the client a more complete range of motion;  Because unlike western massage styles, you won’t just be lying on your back or stomach when you receive a Thai massage.

Your masseuse receives an even greater advantage by being on the floor rather than hunched over a table. During a Thai massage, the masseuse moves all around and above the client to access a wider range of angles over each part of the body, even in cases when the client is much larger than the masseuse.

Rather than just using hands, fists, forearms and elbows — the standard tools of the Swedish masseuse — the Thai masseuse may use legs and feet during the massage. Oftentimes, they will use a combination of both to gain leverage as they initiate deep stretches of the client’s arms, legs, hips, and shoulders.

You can wear your own clothes, or  wear the clothes provided to you. They are loose fitting, clean, and comfortable.  During the massage, you will be pulled, stretched, and rocked at the hands of your Thai massage therapist.

Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions, except for foot massage. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment.

It is recommended to start off with twice weekly massages for the first four to six weeks, and then gradually increase the time between sessions as symptoms improve. At Lanna Thai we have Senior Discounts and punch style cards to help discount our already lower rates.  If you come 5 times the 6th visit is  half price.


And our standard Disclaimer - Thai Massage is NOT sexual in any way. Any inappropriate behavior will halt the massage immediately, the customer will be asked to leave and be expected to pay the full fee for the time booked.


We’ve started a business expansion, Sort of.

Having a home based business in a lot of ways is a challenge.  For one thing you have to keep your property looking acceptable even if you don’t have many customers or they are spread out over the week.

This year the City had instigated the use of water meters.    We have a fairly large property and 2 years ago we started seeding the grass with clover to be more water conscious as clover uses substantially less water than grass.  This spring it was really coming along with the spring seeding starting to catch and looked green and lush.

Then came the water meters and the drought.  This spring the rain just stopped and the lawn started to wither.   The clover even died.  I checked how much it was going to cost to run a single sprinkler.   About 40 cents an hour, and it takes about 4 hours plus a day to water our lawn area with a single sprinkler,  that’s somewhere around $2 a day.  Then we have our eight fruit trees that we hand water and our front garden we hand water and our vegetable garden we hand water on top of that.  Add at least another $1.   So with the $20 a month fee just to let us have a water connection and with watering it could amount to well over $110 a month; but that’s not all.  We still have to flush the toilet, wash the dishes and wash ourselves not to mention food preparation and cloth washing.

We had to find a solution to our back field other than let the wind blow it away or grow Hoary Alyssum which is an invasive weed.

We chose Lavender.  It uses almost no water when it’s developed and it thrives in sandy soil, and we have lots of that.  We’ve now planted our first 50 plants along with drip irrigation.  Will expand the bed as we can muster up the money for it.  It’s a good add on to our Massage Business as a product we grow, make and sell in house.

Now all we have to do sit and watch it grow.








We are open but with a caveat

First the Caveat. We have a lot of construction going on in the area as they rebuild the riverbank after last years flood.
Now the good news.  It’s not noisy even with all the new traffic, we are open, we have Senior discounts, we have a loyalty program and we have off street parking.

Call to book an appointment  –  250-442-1411






Christmas Shopping? Try local.

The countdown is on and we bet you didn’t want to hear that. It’s always such a hectic time of the year. As best we can, as a family, we personally try and buy our presents locally especially this year as all businesses are hurting from our flood.  Buying local helps the economy and spreads the dollar out in our community to others who also spread it around. This helps us all rebuild a strong and vibrant local economy and allows stores to bring in more diverse merchandise in the future. It’s a true win win situation.

Christmas gift

Here at Lanna Thai Massage we offer Gift Certificates for those hard to buy for folks, those that deserve some pampering or just that “Oh My Gosh” I forgot Uncle Elwood moment.  Everyone loves to relax and feel good, that’s what we offer.

We have our exclusive Thai Herbal Therapy Balls that we import directly from Thailand.  A great little gift of stocking stuffer for only $7.95 each.

Or give the gift everybody loves!  Gift Certificates make a wonderful gift and Lanna Thai Massage makes it easy to give these to your friends and family.

Simply call us, at 250-442-1411.