A relatively unknown body treatment in the UK but one used extensively in Asia. This heat treatment in our opinion is way superior to the more common hot stone treatment. The heady scent of the Thai herbs induce an amazingly deep relaxation.
The hot Herbal Compress technique offers several potential health benefits: It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.
The hot compresses – which are heated in hot organic coconut oil - are ideal for alleviating painful or stiff muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, and chronic stress or anxiety. The blend of traditional 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 way I usually describe the experience is that its like having a sauna applied to your skin
The herbs in the compress possess properties that are anti-flammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin.
At Thai-vedic massage I use Priadara brand Thai-Style compresses which contain up to 14 traditional including Thai herbs such as kaffir lime, turmeric, camphor, lemongrass, plai, tamarind, galangal and ginger to name but a few.Traditional herbs used and their health benefits for Hot Stone Massage London & Herbal Compress Massage:
Kaffir Lime – the vapours are uplifting, treating respiratory ailments and oil on the skin acts as a cleansing astringent.
Turmeric – one of the key ingredients in healing, used internally for circulatory and digestive problems. It is also natural moisturizer, antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties making it popular for skin treatments.
Camphor – is stimulating the brain, heart and circulation but relieves mental and emotional stress, anxiety and insomnia. When inhaled it is good for sinuses and respiration. Used in compresses it soothes sore muscles and arthritis, and treats nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Lemongrass – soothing yet invigorating, clearing the head and uplifting the mind.
Plai - Plai is a rhizome of the ginger family and has been used for centuries as a herbal ingredient in hot compresses that are applied to relieve muscle aches and pains. It is also a natural emollient and has been used by generations of Thai women to tone and soften their skin
Tamarind - Tamarind leaves relieve itchiness, and maintains healthyskin.
Galangal – used internally it relieves many digestive ailments. It is strong antiseptic, toning the skin and treating skin diseases.
Ginger – is a powerful stimulant with heating effects on the body. Its oil boosts circulation, eases muscle stiffness and increases the potency of all herbs combined with it.
A Herbal Compress massage at Thai-vedic massage is a full body massage experience incorporating Abhyanaga massage techniques with the hands while the hot compresses are reheating. I have trained in Pinda Sweda (the Indian name for Herbal Compress massage) as part of my Ayurvedic Massage training at Tri-Dosha in the UK, and in Thai-style Herbal Compress Massage as part of my Traditional Thai Massage trainig at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai in Thailand.
N.B. We will not perform this massage if you: have a fever, flu or other respiratory infection; are pregnant; have received treatment for cancer in the past 12 months; have sensitivity to heat; are on medication that could cause sensitivity to heat; or if you are suffering from sunburn.