What is a Hot Herbal Massage ?
Performed for hundred of years, Herbal Massages are known to provide deep relaxation while relieving stress, fatigue, and improving health. The therapy relies on the use of hot compresses or “poultices” filled with a selection of herbs and spices. Those compresses, generally wet and then steamed, are gently applied to specific points of the body releasing their healing benefits into the pores of the skin. They can be combined with the use of hands to focus the massage on knots.
The benefits of a Hot Herbal Massage
Hot compresses promote relaxation while soothing aching muscle and stiff joints. Since the motions are very gentle, it can be more appropriate for parts of the body that are too tender or sore for hand massage. it also represents a great alternative to acupressure, since it stimulates the same points of the body. Likewise, it will leave you intensively relaxed and energized. Herbal Massage is known for its healing properties: it improves blood circulation and stimulates the internal organs. While the heat dilates blood vessels, it increases the blood and oxygen circulation in the body and improves the efficiency of the different organs. Herbs used in the compress will also have different and specific benefits: ginger is used to treat digestive disorders and allergies, lemon-grass and kaffir lime boost the immune system, jasmine has antispasmodic and anti-depressive effects, turmeric is an anti-bacterial that will heal skin infection or lesions.
Is a Thai Hot Herbal Massage right for me ?
Although quite gentle, the therapy can include some Thai yoga postures as in the Traditional Thai Massage treatment. By manipulating your limbs, the therapist aims at improving the flexibility and ultimately, the relaxation of your body. Since compresses are steamed and applied directly on the skin, do not hesitate to ask the therapist to adapt the heat and /or the pressure level if you find them too hot.