Straightened out by Sotai Massage

One of the major, major advantages of living in Asia is that you can get a really good massage practically for free. And I was really fortunate to find a place in Kathmandu that, for 15 Euro, would massage the life out of me for 90 minutes.

Sotai Japanese Physiotherapy treatment. Photo courtesy of
Sotai Japanese Physiotherapy treatment. Photo courtesy of

A friend introduced me to the ‘Sotai and Kai Therapy’ Centre in southern Kathmandu. There they specialise in Japanese physiotherapy. And it is run by a whole family, a Japanese father and his Nepali wife together with their now grown-up children. It’s a really nice friendly set-up run out of 2 homes just around the corner from Namaste supermarket.

I first went for a body balancing massage.

I was given a pair of pajamas to put on and laid down on a hard mattress on the floor. Before I knew it, there were 3 guys working on me… one on my shoulders, one on my back, and another standing and pressing his foot deeply on my legs. Apparently this type of ‘Sotai Massage’ started 3000 years ago in China. It then spread to Japan along with Buddhism after 1500 years. The theory is that, when someone is tired, their muscles become hard. This results in pressed blood vessels and poor circulation. This generates waste products in the body and various sicknesses are produced in them. What the massage does is ‘unties’ the muscles. And that kind of hurts. But definitely in a good way.

After a few times, I went and asked them about bits of aches and pains that I had when running. Over the last few months, I started going twice a week for Sotai and Kai therapy where heat treatments were applied and deep massage given. This served apparently to realign my limbs and straighten me out nicely.

I don’t fully understand what they did, but somehow they have managed to sort my body out that I can run pain free. I hadn’t noticed that every time I ran, there was pain here and there. But once I started going for bi-weekly massages, I was amazed how the aches started slowly but simply disappearing. And that’s definitely worth 15 Euro a pop!

Contact Sotai & Kai Therapy Clinic, Jamsikhel Patan (in front of Suzuki showroom)

Tel: +977 (0)1 5543045. Mobile: +977 9851016612. Email:

Article on Sotai in ECS magazine also available here.

2 thoughts on “Straightened out by Sotai Massage

  1. I was extremely fortunate to find the Sotai and Kai Therapy clinic after injuring my leg and knee on a decline during my trekking in the Himalayas. Could not walk without limping and always very painful. After five 90 minutes treatments with two men working on me, One therapist suing his foot to apply good pressure to my legs and buttocks and the other therapist massaged the upper body. The last treatment also included the owner’s son doing some accupuncture on the knee region and lower back After these treatments, I walked away with very little pain and within a week after the treatments I was clear of pain. The cost per treatment was approximately $17 Canadian….amazing treatment. I am still travelling in Asia and plan to receive more Sotai therapy in Vietnam and Cambodia. My goal is to realign my body at this point. I am a Registered Massage Therapist in Canada and as a professional therapist, I highly recommend the Sotai treatment.

  2. I think the amount stated must be incorrect. 15 rupees equates to 0.09 British pence or 15 US cents?! I realise that this was written 4 years ago but the cost of living in Nepal has not increased that much! Possibly 150 NPR therefore. My son had a 60 minute massage today at the same place and it cost 1,000 NPR (£6 British or $10). Just for those interested now.

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