Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thai Herbal Compress Massage

 I've added Thai Herbal massage to my palette of body work.   Like traditional Thai massage, Thai herbal compresses have been used and practiced for at least the last 2,500 years in Thailand.  Luckily for me there's a traditional Thai medicine school (The Naga Center) right here in Portland where I studied Thai herbal massage and Thai cupping & scraping this past January.

The compresses are filled with a variety of healing herbs that help alleviate pain and increase circulation.  The herb balls are steamed and act as a heat therapy during a Thai massage.   The medicinal herbs are blended, wrapped and tied to make firm fragrant bundles.  The bundles are steamed in an electric steamer for several minutes, slowly releasing their rejuvenating and healing scents and oils.  They are then pressed against the body during the course of the Thai massage.  The moist heat from these herb bundles absorbs into the tissues, melting away tension and soreness. 

The larger compresses at left  had eucalyptus leaves that were harvested from our tree and had a variety of other healing herbs.  The smaller compress had shredded coconut and oatmeal that I used for the facial massage.  These herb balls smell delicious!

1 comment:

nataliemartinez said...

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