There are two kinds of massage available in Bangkok:
Traditional Thai massage originated 2500 years ago, and involves stimulating the points along 10 invisible energy lines throughout the body. This form of massage is known to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing. You may find this massage offered at many places along Sukhumvit Road for a meager 250 Baht or US$5 an hour. Some hotels also offer traditional Thai massage in-house. After a long transcontinental flight, traditional Thai massage is a great way to begin one's relaxing vacation.
The second kind of massage is called Body (or Soapy) Massage, commonly located in the Ratchadapisek area of Bangkok. This more intimate form of massage involves a sudsy bath with the masseuse, or two, of the client's personal choice. After the bath, the client is led onto a rubber mattress for the body massage. This whole activity from beginning to end may last between half an hour to three hours. Rates begin at 1000 Baht or US$23. Most establishments charge between 2500 to 2900 Baht. There are more expensive packages based on suite rental or the masseuse's rates.