Thai Herbal Compress Ritual

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Did you know that Woodstown Massage Boutique can magically transport you to Thailand for a while? Relax and let the exotic and enticing aromas of the Thai Herbal Compress Ritual transport you to an ancient Asian world.

This treatment uses a blend of Thai herbs in a muslin pack. These compresses are rhythmically pressed into the body along the Sen lines (energy channels). Heat penetrates the skin, causing the blood vessels to expand. This effect relieves blockages and improves the circulation of blood and lymph.

In Thailand this treatment is known as Luk Pra Kob, which translates to “pressing herbal sphere.”

Luk Pra Kob has been practiced by Thai healers and Buddhist Monks for over 400 years. This treatment was especially helpful for soldiers returning from battle, it helped to speed up the healing of their wounds.

The herbs and spices are steamed to release potent healing qualities. They are a blend of Thai plai, ginger, turmeric, tamarind, lemongrass, camphor, kaffir lime, and galangal. The herbal effects are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant.

The Thai Herbal Compress Ritual improves circulation and is very effective for the relief of soft tissue pain, inflammation, arthritis, migraines, menstrual cramps, tendonitis and fibromyalgia. The herbal steam opens us the airways and relieves respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Overall the treatment induces a state of deep relaxation.

If you feel that deep tissue massage might be too much the Thai compress provides another option.

“Hot compresses provide the same type of stimulation as acupressure, and are used to stimulate tender or sensitive areas that cannot be massaged directly; for example, the back may be too painful for direct acupressure, but hot herbal compresses on the same points will provide similar benefits,” according to C. Pierce Salguero, the author of the Encyclopedia of Thai Massage.

So if you don’t have time to book a trip to Thailand, call Woodstown Massage Boutique and book your Thai Herbal Compress Ritual today.

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