Thai Style Hot Herbal Compress

Why have a Thai Style Hot Herbal Compress Massage?

Thai Style Steam Heated Herbal Compress Massage has been practiced by Thai healers for many hundreds of years, the hot herbal compresses along with either the Red (Sensual, ylang ylang, lime, nutmeg) or Green (detoxifying, ginger, lime, peppermint) blended massage oils provide a truly unique experience; that stimulates the senses, whilst the deep penetrating warmth and blended herbs sooth and alleviates muscle tension, aches and pains, and trigger a powerful body purification and detoxification process.

The treatment combines eastern massage techniques with a light pressure patting, rolling, kneading and gentle but deeply effective massage. The heat from the compress carries the herbal essences and the essential oils deep into the skin, underlying tissues and organs. The treatment brings about a deep sensation of comfort and warmth, the compresses are soaked and then steamed to provide a deep penetrating warmth whilst stimulating the body to detoxify and heal itself. The warm herbal compresses are made up of a blend of up to 20 traditional Thai herbs (including turmeric, camphor, tamarind, lemongrass and kaffir lime) renowned for their invigorating, purifying, tension relieving and capacity to improve respiration and soothe general aches and pains.


What are the benefits?

It is quite an experience to feel the deeply relaxing, penetrating heat from the hot herbal compresses the use of the blended herbs has been scientifically and medically proven to be of benefit to the body’s wellbeing. Thai Style hot herbal compress Therapy makes you feel deeply relaxed, whilst providing a feeling of being cleansed and purified, the treatment allows you to let go of all the stress and tensions that are held within the body.

CAP and the ASA Practitioners should not refer to medical conditions for which supervision should be sought, but may make claims about relieving everyday anxiety and stress, helping relaxation, aidingd sleep, promoting a sense of well-being and the like.  Some trials seem to suggest that abdominal massage might benefit those with constipation, or that massage might help temporarily ease lower back pain.  (see Therapies General, Massage and Body Work, Aromatherapy, Detoxing Gereral and Detoxing and Lymphatic Drainange under the CAP Tab)

The Treatment

Before the initial treatment, a full consultation will be conducted in confidence in order that the client’s medical history and lifestyle can be recorded. This will enable the therapist to identify for example any medical reasons or sensitivities to the blended herbs that would make Thai Style Hot Herbal Compress Therapy undesirable and if necessary obtain the client’s GP’s consent. It also enables the therapist to gain information on the client’s past and present state of mental and physical health and to identify any particular needs and expectations of the treatment.

Thai Style Hot Herbal Compress therapy is a deep relaxation and detoxification therapy, based on the tradition healing practices of the ancient Thai healers, a treatment lasts in the region of one and a quarter to one and a half hours, you should rest for a period of about one hour following the treatment to allow the body to assimilate the herbal essences and to allow the detoxification process to begin, you are advised to drink plenty of fluid (water!) to allow the removal of the toxins and waste products from the body.

Following a Thai Style treatment you should rest for a minimum period of 30 minutes to an hour, you should drink plenty of water ideally 1.5 to 2 litres during the rest of the day following the treatment. There may be some reddening of the skin, this is a perfectly normal reaction to increased blood flow in the skin, an increase in urination is also perfectly normal as the body is releasing toxins that require to be discharged.

Some people have experienced Benefits for the following conditions:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Pain Relief
  • Poor Circulation
  • Rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle Pain
  • Migraine
  • MS
  • Headaches
  • PMT
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Menopause
  • Insomnia
  • Tension


Contents of Herbal Compresses:

200gm Compresses (body):

Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb • Tumeric • Zedoary • Lemongrass • Derris Scandens Benth • Cryptolepis Buchaniani Roem. and Schult. • Kurz Leaves • Pandanus • Kaffir Lime Leaves • Tamarine Leaves • Acacia Concinna Leaves • Bauhinia Acumirata Linn. Leaves • Pummelo Peel • Zedoaria • Calamus • Myrtle • Camphor • Citronella • Galangal • Borneol.

100gm Compresses (arms):

Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb. • Tumeric • Zedoary • Lemongrass • Maerua Siamensis (Kurz) Pax Leaves • Pandanus • Kaffir Lime Leaves • Tamarine Leaves • Acacia Concinna Leaves • Bauhinia Acumirata Linn. Leaves • Pummelo Peel • Kafir Lime Peel • Zedoaria • Calamum • Myrtle • Camphor • Citronella • Borneol.

85gm Compresses (Face):

Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb. • Tumeric • Zedoaria • Occinia Grandis Voigt • Pandanus • Kaffir Lime Leaves • Tamarine Leaves • Acacia Concinna Leaves • Bauhinia Acumirata Linn. Leaves • Pummelo Peel • Kafir Lime Peel • Camphor • White Clay • Alovera.

The ASA accepts that aromatherapy massage might help people relax, sleep and destress.

The ASA states that Marketers should not, however, claim that aromatherapy can be used to treat the causes or symptoms of serious or prolonged ailments.

The ASA states that Marketers may claim that the use of essential oils combined with massage might help relieve muscle strains or muscle tension but emphasis should be placed on the massage and not the action of the oil.


Contents of Thai Oils:

Thai Green - Coconut Base Oil:

Ginger • Stimulates, healing, aids digestion, boosts circulation, eases stiff muscles, warming.
Lime • Excellent tonic for the circulation and skin. Peppermint • Stimulating, invigorating and refreshing to the senses. Thai Red • Coconut base Oil

Thai Red - Coconut Base Oil:

Ylang Ylang • Sensuous, soothing to the skin and mind, relaxing, calms tension, lifts negative moods, increases sensuality. Lime • Excellent tonic for the circulation and skin. Nutmeg • Soothes muscular aches and pains, relieves fatigue of the mind and body.

Properties of Coconut Oil:

Non oily, penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, anti-oxidant qualities to fight free radical damage. Healing and soothing to the skin. Coconut oil aids with surface exfoliation and improves the skin texture and hydration levels.

Thai Style Herbal Compress Massage and Aromatherapy Massage is a complementary therapy and does not take the place of conventional medicine but is believed by many to 'complement it', should you have any concerns about receiving a Thai Herbal Compress Massage or Aromatherapy Massage treatment you are advised to consult a approprietly 'Qualified Medical Practitoner i.e. your GP'.


Mike Way Holistic Therapist
North Devon

Tel +44 (0) 7876 567459