Thai Herbal Compress Massage
Herbal healing has deep roots in Thai culture dating back to ancient times when it was a secret healing technique of Buddhist monks.
Ideal for relaxing aching muscles and soothing the effects of sporting injuries or other physical stress, a Thai herbal massage is a wonderful option for people who need a calming experience to induce blissful relaxation.
The aromatic and medicinal properties of the herbs and spices have a positive restorative, calming and soothing effect. It is ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, migraines, stress and anxiety.
A beautiful way to unwind after a stressful few days or as a way to give yourself a well-deserved reward, Thai herbal massages have lots of lasting health benefits; it is believed that they calm the nerves and replenish your body’s natural energy.
The handmade herbal compress balls contain numerous healing herbs that are wonderfully aromatic when heated. This unique poltice is steamed and applied to the body, with oil, to help sooth and relax muscle tension and other aches and pains.
Many of the herbs used 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.
The Traditional Herbs used are:
Camphor – is stimulating the brain, heart and circulation but relieves mental and emotional stress, anxiety and insomnia. When inhaled it is good for sinuses and respiration. Used in compresses it soothes sore muscles and arthritis, and treats nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Cassamunar Ginger – soothing the muscle aches and pain. Natural emollient used by women to tone and soften their skin, and has been used (in Thailand) by generations to restore the womb after giving birth.
Eucalyptus – the aroma has an emotionally refreshing effect. While inhaling the steamed vapours or applying to the chest and throat are all effective treatments for colds, cough, congestion, asthma and other respiratory conditions. It is also antiseptic killing germs and speeding the healing of wounds and infections.
Galangal – used internally relieves many digestive ailments. It is strong antiseptic, toning the skin and treating skin diseases.
Ginger – powerful stimulant with heating effects on the body. Its oil boosts circulation, eases muscle stiffness and increases the potency of all herbs combined with it.
Kaffir Lime – the vapours are uplifting, treating respiratory ailments and oil on the skin acts as a cleansing astringent.
Lemongrass – soothing yet invigorating, clearing the head and uplifting the mind.
Turmeric – one of the key ingredients in healing, used internally for circulatory and digestive problems. It is also natural moisturizer and antiseptic popular for skin treatments.
The balls are individually made, stuffed and tied by hand. The combination of herbs I use in this massage is a secret family recipe, passed down from generation to generation, and I get them direct from Thailand.
They are only intended for single use, and at the conclusion of your bodywork you may take them home as a gift, and they have a lovely fragrance for your bath.
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