The Thai Herbal Compress – Thai Aromatherapy Technique


What is in the Thai Herbal Compress?

In Thailand, the compress is called “Luk Pra Kob“. Treatments are very popular in Thailand, can be obtained virtually everywhere, and popularity is rapidly increasing in Western countries. Thai herbal treatments are used to soothe and to relieve pain and inflammations.

The herbs in the compresses have been dried and some of them crushed into a powder form.  There are many, different recipes for compresses–the following recipe is one example of a traditional, Thai compress, which include the following dried herbs.:  Siamese yellow ginger, Lemongrass, Turmeric, Tamarind leaf, Kaffir lime peels and leaves, Camphor, Borneal Camphor, Menthol, Pandanus leaf, Acacia leaf, and Sea Salt.  

What is Thai Herbal Compress Massage?

Herbal compress massage is sometimes also referred to as Herbal Ball Compress Massage, Hot Herbal Ball Massage, or Herbal Stem Massage.

You will be treated with a unique Thai therapy to alleviate pain and soothe sore muscles. Beginning with a Traditional Thai Massage, “Luk Prakob”, an organic warm pouch of steamed Thai herbs, is then applied to the body in a kneading action. This allows the medicinal heat to soothe muscle aches, increase lymphatic drainage and blood circulation and condition the skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Benefit of Thai Herbal Compress Massage

  • Reduces tension through heat and aromatic properties of the herbs Deep relaxation of muscle and nerve fibres.
  • Softens and nourishes the skin (many herbs are nourishing, exfoliating and restorative)
  • Eases respiration through the use of aromatic herbal vapours
  • Improves the circulation as the massage and heat dilates the blood vessels enabling them to work more efficiently.