This treatment is based on both the holistic principles of Ayurvedic and on traditional Chinese medicine.
The herbal compress (also known as Luk Pra Ko – translated as herbal pressing sphere) has been used for hundreds of years in Thailand as a remedy for sore aching muscles, stress relief, exhaustion and other ailments. This is truly a wonderful treatment that is still little known in Europe. Herbs are wrapped in balls of cotton muslin, steamed to release essential oils and aromas, and then applied along the Sen Sib or energy lines of the body.
Medicinal herbs are blended, wrapped and tied in fragrant bundles, which are steamed hot, slowly releasing their revitalising and healing essential oils when pressed against the body during the massage.
For those who are too sensitive for stretching or acupressure, the Thai herbal massage is an alternative, using hot herbal compresses to stimulate the energy lines and points, while the herbs also claim to provide medicinal benefits.
Moist heat radiates down through the tissues, helping to melt away tension and soreness. Steam opens the pores and the skin breathes. The skin absorbs the rejuvenating and enriching herbal blend. Soothing, uplifting aromas open the senses and relax the mind.
Benefits of Thai Herbal Compress Massage
The combination of the heat, herbs and massage may have the following effects;
- Reduces tension through heat and aromatic properties of the herbs
- Deep relaxation of muscle and nerve fibres as well as the mind (helps relieve chronic pain arising from overuse injuries)
- Softens and nourishes the skin (many herbs are nourishing, exfoliating and restorative)
- Eases breath work through the use of aromatic herbal vapours
- Improves the circulation as the massage and heat dilates the blood vessels enabling them to work more efficiently
- Aids the elimination of toxins and waste products through increased lymphatic circulation provided by heat, herbs and massage
- Restores the body’s vital energy flow (through the stimulation of the Sen Lines)
The treatment lasts an hour and the cost is £50