The Thai healing medicine practice of Hot Herbal Compress Massage Treatments & Therapy goes back to the ancient knowledge of healing properties of plants and herbs and their application on the body. Herbal compress massage is sometimes also referred to as Herbal Ball Compress Massage, Hot Herbal Ball Massage, or Herbal Stem Massage. Thai herbal treatments are used to soothe and to relieve pain and inflammations. Important in the application are the selection of herbs with therapeutic qualities, such as prai, ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor, tamarind and lemongrass. A mix of herbs is wrapped in a compress, then steamed (in bamboo or electrical steamer) and when hot, applied to the body by pressing, gliding or smearing in circular, linear and/or rolling movements. In Thailand, the compress is called Luk Pra Kob. Treatments are very popular in Thailand, can be obtained virtually everywhere, and popularity is rapidly increasing in Western countries. Herbs used are generally cheap and easy to find and the treatments are effective. It’s the heat, by steaming, that is said to release both the aromatic and medicinal properties of a compress. It’s believed by some that hot herbal compress massage was first introduced by Indian monks in Thailand at the time of the gradual spreading of Buddhism. Others say that Luk Pra Kob simply originated from local folk medicine and recipes were passed on from generation to generation for thousand of years. The technique can offer a variety of health benefits such as stress relief, relaxation, alleviating fatigue, soothing muscles, tendons and ligament pains and soreness, increase of emotional and physical well-being, improvement of blood circulation and lymph and internal organs stimulation and massage. Sometimes the technique is used as an integral part of a Thai Massage or Thai Abdominal Massage treatment to warm up and open up the body before a session and to soothe after a session. Another popular application is to soothe and re-energize the body, abdomen and internal organs of women in the afterbirth (postnatal/postpartum) period.
Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called nuad or nuad boran in the Thai language, stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies. Traditional Thai massage rarely uses oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being. Nuad Boran (known in various forms as Thai massage, Thai Yoga Massage, and other terms) began to evolve in Thailand over 1,000 years ago. Based on healing principles similar to those of other Eastern healing arts, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. Energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony. The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being. For many, traditional Thai massage is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the Buddhist practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.
Prenatal techniques are designed to reduce bodily discomfort that occur during pregnancy. This particular style of massage can shorten labor times and ease any pain and anxiety. Specialized methods can enact structure to your physiology and emotions that can aid mother and infant bonding in the postpartum period. Many practitioners recommend referrals from physicians prior to therapy. Our policy is that we can only perform this massage in the second trimester (weeks 13 to 27) and third trimester (week 28 to 40). To ensure the safety of you and your baby we cannot massage in the first trimester.