Massages the traditional way
The first recording of the use of herbs in massage was when a heated muslin parcel of aromatic, medicinal herbs and spices was used during Thailand’s Ayutthaya period which ran from the 14th to 18th century. Fragrant hot herb packs were administered to weary soldiers upon their return home to relieve their tired, weary bodies and minds. Also, Herbal massage was used on soldiers returning from battle to help reduce inflammation from wounds and injuries.
What is it?
Herbal massages can be superior to other treatments. The heady scent of the Thai herbs and oils can induce a deeper relaxation from which the masseur can work and you can receive many benefits.
Herbal massages rely on the use of hot compresses or “poultices” filled with a selection of herbs 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 on any “knots.”
Herbal Massages are known for their healing properties by improving blood circulation and stimulating the internal organs. While the heat dilates blood vessels, it increases the blood and oxygen circulation in the body and improves the efficiency of different organs. Herbs used in the compress will also have different and specific benefits to the client
The traditional herbs used are:
Camphor – stimulates the brain, heart and circulation and relieves mental and emotional stress, anxiety and insomnia. When inhaled it is good for sinuses and respiration. Used in compresses to soothe sore muscles and arthritis.
Ginger – soothes the muscles aches and pain. A 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. 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 an antiseptic and speeds the healing of wounds and infections.
Galangal – can relieve many digestive ailments. It is a strong antiseptic, toning the skin and treating skin diseases.
Kaffir Lime – the vapours are uplifting, treats respiratory ailments and applied to the skin acts as a cleansing astringent.
Lemongrass – soothing yet invigorating, clears the head and uplifts the mind.
Turmeric – one of the key ingredients in healing, used internally for circulatory and digestive problems. It is also a natural moisturiser and antiseptic and popular for skin treatments.