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Meet Koranit Tangthavorn of Panwa Thai Massage in Huntington Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Koranit Tangthavorn.

Koranit, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Being from Thailand, I am very proud of the art of Thai massage. It’s something I have always wanted to share with the community. Thai massage is fairly new to modern spas can be quite expensive. I wanted to create a business that combined Thai and Western massage which would also be affordable so everyone could experience the benefits. I believe a successful business is measured by how many people you end up helping. I am proud of my Thai heritage and chose to promote it through Panwa Thai Massage. It is especially important to me that it made affordable enough to as many people as possible. I don’t think massage should be considered a luxury.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am not sure if most anyone starting business can say the path to creating and sustaining one has been a smooth road. Panwa deals with individuals and everyone is unique. Different clients have different issues. Some first time Thai massage customers don’t realize there may be some temporary soreness before they feel better especially those that suffer from extreme tightness and knots. I am always appreciative of my clients that understand this but there are always some that can get upset that they don’t feel miraculously better immediately. There is no fast track.

Other obstacles are the number of competing massage businesses in the area with a considerable amount of those businesses providing unprofessional services and there’s that of being challenged with the stereotype of the Thai “massage parlor”.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Panwa Thai Massage obviously specializes in Thai massage, an art developed by Buddhists monks over two and a half millennia ago. We have no favorite customers because we value all of our loyal and new clients the equally to the highest standards.

Anyone who’s been to Thailand has experienced a level of kindness, thoughtfulness and need to satisfy beyond expectations like no other in the world. I try to bring that to Panwa through our staff and make it affordable so people of all income scales can experience proper Thai massage by our skilled masseuses. We think of our customers as family. It’s one of the benefits of being a small business.

We offer Swedish, oil, medium and deep tissue massage along Traditional Thai massage. It is our most popular treatment is the Thai combination massage that mixes Thai with one of the other massages. We emphasize to every client to provide feedback during the session so we can provide the care and attention needed to help them.

Many have said in online testimonials that they were in disbelief of the quality to price ratio we offer. When our customers feel great physically and emotionally, so do I. It’s a win-win situation. We aim to offer the best and most authentic service possible for everyone. This is our goal.

I am really pleased that some consider Panwa a hidden gem.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes. I think Southern California is a great place for a business like Panwa. There’s so much culture and diversity here and if you can add to it, good for you, good for everyone.

I think if you have the passion and skill, you can open a business anywhere if there are people that can benefit.

Some may think that there may be too many spa/massage businesses to compete with in LA and OC, but the one business that you should only care about competing with is yourself to do the best you can possibly do.

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