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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Traditional Thai Herbal Massage

Photo courtesy of ABMP
Like traditional Thai massage, Thai herbal compresses have been used and practiced for the last 2500 years in Thailand.  The compresses are filled with a variety of healing herbs that help alleviate pain and increase circulation.  The hot herbal compresses 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. 
     Thai herbal massage is an excellent massage alternative for the pregnancy client.  It's a safe and nourishing way to receive a Thai massage since a traditional Thai massage may be too aggressive for her.  Thai herbal massage is also very good for the client who is really stiff and inflexible.  The steamed herb bundles help to warm up and relax the muscle tissue while also helping to increase the elasticity.

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