Medical Herbal Hot Compress Massage Training
Learn how to give traditional Thai massage with hot medical herbal compress treatment on a matt.
Learn a therapeutic hot medical herbal compress massage by combining the techniques of traditional Thai massage with Thai herbal hot compress; bundles that are steamed and pressed on the body.
In traditional Thai medicine herbs are used to complement massages that treat illnesses. This herbal hot compress massage increases blood circulation and energy flow, relaxes, warms, releases tension, relieves stiff muscles and joints, eases chronic pain and reduces mental fatigue and stress. ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam teaches professional Medical Hot Herbal Compress Massage courses.
What is Medical Herbal Hot Compress Massage?
Medical herbal compress massage is based on the holistic principles of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. It is an ancient tradition that was preserved for over thousand years in monasteries and temples and is still practiced to this day. Traditional Thai hot herbal compress massage is usually given on a matt on the floor and can be given to the customer wearing thin cotton clothes or on bear skin. The massage starts with traditional Thai massage, deep acupressure and stretches, followed by pressing the hot herbal compressions. These compression balls look like a soft cloth ball, filled with several traditional herbs that are distinct for their relaxing and curing properties. Moist heat radiates down through the tissues, melting away tension and soreness. Steam opens the pores and the skin breathes. The skin absorbs the rejuvenating and enriching herbal oil blend. Soothing, uplifting aromas open the senses and relax the mind.
Benefits of Thai Herbal Compress Massage
The combination of the heat, medicinal herbs and massage has many benefits:
- Reduces tension through heat and aromatic properties of the herbs
- Relieve chronic pain from overuse injuries
- Energize tired muscles after activities
- Reduces muscular soreness
- Decrease joint stiffness
- Deep relaxation of muscle and nerve fibers
- Eases respiration through the use of aromatic herbal vapours and slow acupressure massage
- Nourishes and softens the skin
- Improves the blood circulation
- Increase lymphatic circulation and therefore aids elimination of toxins and waste
- Energizes the body by stimulation of the Sen, also called Energy Lines
Which herbs are used in Hot Herbal Compress Massage?
You can find hot herbal compress balls filled with different herbs. ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam uses the herbs as originally used in traditional Thai Hot Herbal Compress massage, namely zingiber cassumunar, lemon grass, kaffir lime and camphor:
Also called Plai, family of ginger. Zingiber casumunar is the most important ingredient of the Hot Herbal Compress. Plai root is a fundamental traditional herb for relieving muscular ache, pain or strain. It is also anti-inflamatory and skin-nourishing. It is also used in traditional medicine in Thailand to cure dysentery and in post-natal massage to restore the whomb.
The peel of kaffir lime is added in herbal compression for its aromatic property of refreshing, soothing, healing dizziness and general skin tonic.
This tropical grass is used as perfume as well as medicine. Lemongrass is the source of essential oil and has valuable therapeutic effects in antiseptic, digestive tonic, diuretic, relieving pain and alleviating from nausea.
In addition to its refreshing effect, camphor is traditionally used to relieve stomachache. Camphor is stimulating the brain, heart and circulation, 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.