In the spring of this year, I had the opportunity to go to Thailand where I studied first hand, the ancient and powerful healing practice of Thai herbal compress.
The herbs found in these compresses have been researched and passed down for generations . In Thailand, the herbal compress is called luk pra kob, which translates as “herbal pressing sphere.”
This herbal therapy is commonly used to ease pain and inflammation and can also support and strengthen the immune system.
A selection of spicy Thai herbs, including ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, camphor, euclaptyus, and tamarind are bundled together, steamed and used on the skin to soothe muscle aches and swelling. They are applied to the body in gentle pressing, circular, and rolling movements. These herbal gems smell delicious and can be reused for up to one month if stored properly.
The application of the heat and the healing properties of the unique herbs have a deep impact on the body. As the heat penetrates the pores, the skin becomes warmed, blood vessels are dilated, and the body’s blood flow is stimulated. This leads to a rebuilding and nourishing of the body’s tissues. The herbs hold the heat from the steam to deeply penetrate and relax muscles and tendons.
Although the exact origin of Thai herbal compress massage is unknown,
some say it was first introduced to Thailand by monks from India, when they established the first Buddhist monasteries in Thailand around 200 B.C. Others believe it originated from rural folk medicine and was passed on by word of mouth over generations, or through secret manuscripts shared from teacher to student.
The Thai herbal compress technique offers numerous potential health benefits.
It brings a deep relaxation, alleviates sore muscle aches and pain, boosts the immune system, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.The healing properties of the specific herbs provide added benefits for the sinuses, skin, respiratory system, heart, circulation, and digestion.
We offer salt therapy in our nature inspired salt cave as well as a variety of massage therapy spa services in our healing arts rooms. Such as couples massage, therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, energy work, reflexology, and body scrubs. We invite you to explore the world around you, and try something new during your next massage. You can add the Thai herbal compresses on to any of our massage services!