Thai Herbal Compress
Therapeutic bodywork in a context of Traditional Thai Massage
In Thailand, the herbal compress is called luk pra kob, translated as “herbal pressing sphere.” To make the compress, a combination of healing herbs is bundled together in accordance with ancient recipes, steamed and placed directly on the skin or over clothing. Hot herbal compresses are frequently used in Thailand in conjunction with traditional massage. I use the compress to address chronic problems such as low back pain and soreness in the knees and ankles.
The compresses that I use are made at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, where I obtained my initial study in Thailand to further define my Thai Massage practice. Contents: lemongrass, cassumanar, turmeric, kaffir lime, zodoary, galangal, tamarind, menthol and camphor. Some scholars believe that herbal compress massage was first introduced to Thailand by monks from India, who established the first Buddhist monasteries in Thailand around 200 B.C. Others believe it originated from rural folk medicine and was passed on by word of mouth through an unbroken chain of masters, or through secret manuscripts that changed hands from teacher to student. Whatever the case may be, I am sure you will agree with the effectiveness of this ancient tradition.