A Thai herbal ball is a blend of herbs tied up in a muslin ball which is steamed before being applied to the skin. When used in massage, massage oil is applied to the skin and then the steamed herbal balls are used to lightly pound or rub your muscles. Ingredients in Thai herbal balls vary, and herbal blends formulated in Southeast Asian countries may not be subject to quality controls that would guarantee the product to be safe for application to your skin. Look for locally made herbal balls or make your own with fragrant herbs from your area.
A selection of herbs, including Plai, Ginger, Turmeric, Kaffir Lime, Lemongrass, etc. is wrapped in 100% natural cotton cloth (which is also free from any chemicals), is soaked, steamed and then applied to the body using relaxing and soothing movements to invigorate the effect on the body and mind, while simultaneously soothing sore and over-worked muscles and giving a boost to the body’s energy levels. During the Thai herbal compress massage the heated herbal ball is applied to all the major muscle groups, along with following the traditional Thai energy meridians called “Sen Sib.” Blockages and imbalance of the energy flowing along these lines are believed to cause an unhealthy state in the body. By massaging these lines, it stimulates the channels to open and therefore allows the energy to flow freely. This increases a state of good health and reduces pain, creating more balance in the body and a deeper sense of well being, which leads to whole body rejuvenation.
A good massage relieves and soothes tired, aching muscles. Adding deep- heat herbal therapy give you extra healing benefits!
The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth - they have been smoothed over time by the river's current.