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The healing practice of Thai herbal compress therapy dates back nearly 5,000 years, to an era when the knowledge of plants, including their effects through ingestion or application on the body, were painstakingly researched and then passed down from one generation to the next.

This herbal therapy was designed to relieve pain and inflammation.  A selection of therapeutic herbs, including prai, ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, are wrapped in a muslin compress, steamed and then applied to the body in gentle pressing, circular and rolling movements.  This treatment is used to provide the same type of stimulation as acupressure along energy channels, known as Sen Sib lines in Thailand.

Thai massage, like Ayurveda, is based on life energy channels and the belief that one's health and well-being is dependent on the balance of life energy throughout the body.  Life energy in Thai massage is called "Prana", meaning the wind of life.  Obstruction of the Prana flow can cause discomfort or illness to a person.  The Sen Sib lines - or the major channels in the body, in which the Prana flows - need to be maintained free and clear of any blockages.

Benefits of the technique

The Thai Herbal Ball compress technique offers several potential health benefits:  It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.

The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, even skin conditions, migraines and chronic stress or anxiety.  The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body's energy reserves a huge boost.

The compress traditionally consists of a mixture of several herbs, most containing the six basic herbs as a base: lemongrass, prai, turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor, and tamarind.  These herbs possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant.  They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin by promoting cell growth, and aid upper respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold.  There are standard blends of herbal balls, but blends can be customized to address specific conditions.

The herbal balls are heated in a steamer for 10 - 20 minutes.  The heat can be turned up or down, and the ball should be just hot enough to touch them comfortably.  Steaming releases the aroma and medicinal properties of the compress. 

While traditionally the herbal balls are heated, cold compresses are recommended for clients with muscle strains, tendon or ligament sprains, contusions, hematomas, and more severe injuries requiring cold therapy.  Cold compresses help to reduce swelling and pain and can promote dissipation of pooled stagnant energy due to broken sen lines


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Last modified: 11/19/10