Thai herbal compress massage is known to provide deep relaxation while relieving stress and fatigue, and improving health. The treatment uses hot compresses or “poultices” filled with a selection of herbs, aromatic oils and spices. Those compresses, generally wet and then steamed, are gently applied to specific points of the body releasing their healing benefits into the pores of the skin. They can be combined with the use of hands to focus the massage on knots.
Thai herbal compress massage promotes relaxation while soothing aching muscles and stiff joints. The motions are very gentle, it can be more appropriate for parts of the body that are too tender or sore for hand massage. it also represents a great alternative to accupressure, since it stimulates the same points of the body. It will leave you intensively relaxed and energized.
Thai herbal compress massage is known for its healing properties: it improves blood circulation and stimulates the internal organs. While the heat dilates blood vessels, it increases the blood and oxygen circulation in the body and improves the efficiency of the different organs. Oil and herbs used in the compress will also have different and specific benefits: ginger is used to treat digestive disorders and allergies, lemongrass and lime boost the immune system, jasmine has antispasmodic and anti-depressive effects, turmeric is an anti-bacterial that will heal skin infection or lesion, lavender helps to relax and destress and so on. Thai herbal compresses can be specifically made for the client as necessary.
You may, if you wish, take the compresses home with you after your treatment, as you can re use them again. It is good to remember though, that the oils and herbs used in making the compresses will only give you benefits on so many occasions of heating and using but just to have some warmth on the muscles is relaxing enough for some.
A full Thai herbal compress massage takes an hour, not including a full consultation to begin.