This treatment is based on the holistic principles of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Thai herbalism is an ancient tradition that was preserved for over thousand years in monasteries and temples and is still practiced to this day.
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.
Thai herbal massage stimulate the energy lines and points, while the herbs also provide medicinal benefits.
Moist heat radiates down through the tissues, melting away tension and soreness. Steam opens the pores and the skin breathes. The skin absorbs the rejuvenating and enriching herbal oil 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 has the following effects;
Reduces tension through heat and aromatic properties of the herbs
Deep relaxation of muscle and nerve fibres (helps relieve chronic pain arising from overuse injuries)
Softens and nourishes the skin (many herbs are nourishing, exfoliating and restorative)
Eases respiration 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 and detoxification provided by heat, herbs and massage
Restores the body’s vital energy flow (through the stimulation of the Sen Lines)
Beneficial for the following conditions:
Stress Insomnia PMT Stiffness Asthma
Headaches Pain Relief
Exhaustion Migraine Back Pain Rheumatism Depression
Muscle Pain Fibromyalgia
No two people will respond to the treatment in same way. Some will find that a single treatment can radically alter their perception of their own body while others will require a longer time to achieve the same result. It is advisable to repeat the treatment few times to achieve best benefits.
Herbs used in Massage
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.
Contraindications to the massage
Infection, Fever, Diarrhoea, Vomiting, 1st trimester of pregnancy, under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Sensitivity/intolerance to heat, medications that may have side effects to heat, allergies/sensitivity to herbs
In order to protect other clients coming to the practice from spreading infectious or contagious diseases I reserve the right to refuse any treatment to the client suffering illnesses I might believe are harmful to others.
If the client suffers any of following conditions and is not sure about the treatment he/she is advised to obtain medical permission for the massage from their GP. Otherwise the client might be asked by therapist to sign the disclaimer where he/she agrees to proceed with the treatment without confirmation from GP.
Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Whiplash, Slipped or Herniated Discs, Kidney Infection, Haemophilia, Osteoporosis, Medical Oedema, Osteoarthritis, Acute Rheumatoid Arthritis, Epilepsy, Nervous or Psychotic conditions, recent operations, Cardio Vascular conditions (i.e. Thrombosis, Phlebitis, Hypertension, Hypotension, Heart conditions)
The area affected by any of following conditions will be avoided during the massage
Localised swelling or inflammation, skin disease, recent scar tissue, Varicose Veins, cuts or bruises, sunburn, Cervical Spondylitis, hormonal implants, recent fractures