What is Thai Poultice Massage?
Thai poultice massage was developed in Thailand during the 14th to 18th centuries. It was originally used on soldiers returning home with painful, weary muscles.
Today, Thai poultice massage is becoming popular in the United States. Licensed massage therapists use the technique to alleviate pain and inflammation, as well as to relieve the stresses of modern life that accumulate in muscles and joints.
A poultice is a special blend of herbs and spices that are wrapped in muslin or cotton and heated with steam. The heat allows the natural essential oils and aromas of the herbs and spices to be released. During massage, the poultices provide moist and nutrient-rich relaxation to the skin and muscles.
The poultices also loosen energy blockages and stimulating blood circulation by working with the body’s natural energy.
What’s in a Thai Poultice?
Typical ingredients of Thai poultices include:
- Prai (a herb specifically from Thailand), used for relief of sore muscles and tired joints.
- Tumeric, a natural analgesic that contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, refreshes the skin and boosts the immune system.
- Lemongrass, which regenerates connective tissue and ligaments, supports thymus and spleen function, aids circulation, reduces fevers and infections, improves muscle tone, aids athletic muscle pain and sprains, stimulates lymphatic detox, aids edema and fluid retention, and helps skin blemishes.
- kaffir lime, for toning mature skin and boosting circulation
- Camphor, which stimulates the circulatory and nervous system, combats inflammation and eases spasms, various pain aliments and sore muscles. Camphor is also reported to aid digestion, kill internal parasites and minor infections.
- Many other beneficial herbs and spices may be used as well as these.
Who Can Benefit from a Thai Poultice Massage?
Anyone leading an active lifestyle, especially anyone feeling sore and achy, would truly benefit from the deep, soothing, aromatic comfort that comes with a Thai poultice massage.
- Busy moms and dads
- Construction workers and laborers
- Restaurant workers
- Anyone in the service industry
Caution: Thai poultice massage is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Also, patients who have rheumatoid arthritis should get the approval of their medical doctor before receiving a Thai poultice massage.
Schedule a Thai Poultice Massage Today
All Body Kneads is one of the only massage therapy centers offering Thai Poultice massage in the Lansing area. Be the first of your friends to try this deeply soothing and effective treatment.