Herbal Pressing Sphere
Thai Herbal Compress Massage
Deep heat therapy
heated herbal poultices
External application of herbs
Hot herbal compresses
Traditional Thai deep heat used in conjunction with a traditional massage.
We use the compress to address chronic problems such as low back pain and soreness in the knees ankles, neck, and shoulders.
How it works
Therapeutic herbs, including plai, ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass, are wrapped in muslin fabric to form a compress poultice. The compress is made using a combination of healing herbs that are individually processed by chopping and grinding, then bundled together according to recipes that vary by practitioner and what is being treated. This herbal pressing sphere is heated in a steamer and then applied to the body in circular and rolling movements.
To achieve their effects, herbal compresses are steamed for 10–15 minutes before their use to enable heat conduction and to facilitate the release of active substances and volatile oils from herbal ingredients.
What it is good for?
The herbal compresses’ popularity is mainly due to their effectiveness in preparing the body for more in-depth work and the ease they create for the practitioner to realize desired changes. In ancient times Luk Pra Kob was used by Thai royalty in elaborate treatments. Thai soldiers also used Luk Pra Kob to recover from aches and pains after returning from battle.
Research studies have been conducted to support the effects of herbal compress in a variety of clinical conditions such as osteoarthritis, myofascial pain, labor pain, and insufficient/delayed lactation.
“Luk Pra Kob“ has been used in Thailand for hundreds of years in conjunction with a traditional massage or as a stand-alone therapy. It was approved and listed in the National List of Essential Medicines for the relief of muscle sprains as well as muscular and joint pain. Scholars believe that herbal compress therapy was brought to Thailand by monks from India to establish the first Buddhist monasteries in Thailand around 200 B.C. There is also evidence to suggest that luk pra kob actually originated in Thailand’s rural folk medicine and was passed on by secret manuscripts containing recipes that changed hands from teacher to student.
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