THAI HOT HERBAL COMPRESS Massage by RMT from Avora Skin Spa, Coquitlam
The healing practice of Thai herbal compress therapy dates back nearly 5,000 years, to an era when the knowledge of plants, including their effects through ingestion or application on the body, were painstakingly researched and then passed down from one generation to the next. This herbal therapy was designed to relieve pain and inflammation.
In Thailand, the herbal compress is called luk pra kob, translated as “herbal pressing sphere.” To make the compress, a combination of healing herbs is bundled together in accordance with ancient recipes, steamed and placed directly on the skin to soothe muscular aches and swelling. The popularity that these herbal compresses have long enjoyed was mainly due to their easy adaptability—the treatment is neither expensive nor complicated, yet effective. For this reason, it has the power to transcend social barriers. In ancient times it was used by Thai royalty in elaborate treatments and by soldiers for aches and pains after returning from battle.
The Thai hot herbal compress massage allows you to provide aromatherapy, thermal therapy and herbal therapy all at once in a modality that is new and unique. The hot herbal compress contains numerous herbs tightly bound in fabric which is steamed until piping hot and firmly rolled. After a full-body, pressure point massage, the hot herbal compress is pressed or pounded over the entire body in order to soothe muscle and promote deep relaxation. The hot herbal massage treatment concentrates on the major energy lines (Sen) that run throughout the body. The aim is to remove blockages and to improve and harmonize the flow of energy throughout the body. The Thai herbal compress is an effective stand-alone treatment for the relief of muscle pains and inflammation, for chronic tension and to soften and nourish the skin.
Heat therapy, also called thermotherapy. It can be beneficial to those with arthritis and stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue. The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues, decreasing joint stiffness, reducing pain, relieving muscle spasms, reducing inflammation, and aids in the post-acute phase of healing, and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing.
As the pores open and allow the herbs to take effect, the hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, migraines and chronic stress, depression, fatigue or anxiety, induces deep relaxation, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph. The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost.
The compress traditionally consists of a mixture of several herbs, most containing the six basic herbs as a base: lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor and tamarind. These herbs possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant.
Thai herbal compresses can also be applied cold. The compresses are first heated for 10 to 15 minutes to release the beneficial alkaloids in the herbs, and then frozen or iced. Cold compresses are recommended for clients with muscle strains, tendon or ligament sprains, contusions, hematomas and more severe injuries requiring cold therapy.
Each compress can be reused 4-5 times: you can bring it with you for the consecutive appointments, use it as hot or cold compress at home or use it in your bath. In that case you will need to take each compress out of the plastic bag, let it sit on the counter for 1-2 days, put it back in the plastic bag and refrigerate until the next time you want to use it.
The treatment combines RMT massage techniques with a pressure patting, rolling, kneading and deep tissue massage. Appointments are 60 – 90 minutes long. Two Herbal compress is included in the price of the treatment.
Benefits of the Thai Hot Herbal Massage
The Thai herbal compress massage technique offers several potential health benefits: It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.
“As the pores open and allow the herbs to take effect, ailments such as stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, back pain, migraines, stress and anxiety are almost instantly relieved.”
The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, even skin conditions, migraines and chronic stress or anxiety. The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost.
“These herbs possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. “They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin by promoting cell growth, and aid upper respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma and the common cold.”
Thai Herbal Hot Massage is beneficial for the following conditions:
• Poor Circulation
• Stiffness and muscle pain
Thai Herbal Pain Relief
For some chronic conditions, even the lightest pressure or stretching can be too much! Fibromyalgia is one of the best examples, a condition where muscles are unable to completely relax on their own. The constant muscle tension may result in an ultra-sensitivity to pressure where even the weight of clothing or a gentle finger stroke across the skin can be very uncomfortable or painful.
Herbal Pain Relief – thai HotHerbal compresses can be used to soothe these overworked and sensitive areas of the body, stimulating nerves and muscles that cannot be massaged directly. After a few sessions the body can tolerate more stretching and massage, allowing the practitioner to open the body further with each session, and eventually the pain and discomfort may subside altogether. Similar results are possible when treating many other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and osteo arthritis.
Book you new Thai Hot Herbal Massage experience with Marina RMT at Avora Skin Spa, Coquitlam