Thai Heat Massage

by Melissa West on October 18, 2010

Now that the weather is getting cooler a lot of my regular thai massage clients are booking thai herbal massages for their regular appointment times. A lot of people are curious to know more about the benefits of this type of therapy so I thought I would share them with you in this blog.Thai heat therapy involves an herbal compress which is steamed and then gently pressed along the energy lines of your body. The aroma of the herbal compress is amazing and the treatment itself is incredibly healing and nurturing. This healing therapy from Thailand blends the profound benefits of heat, aroma, herbs and acupressure.

The thai herbal bundles that I use contain ginger, cinnamon, basil, orange rind, cumin, menthol, camphor, clove oil, cassia oil, and peppermint oil. Let’s go through the benefits of each herb individually.

Ginger is a tonic for health and longevity. It is a powerful stimulant for the digestive tract. In fact, during a thai heat massage the herbal compresses can be applied directly to the digestive tract helping to combat indigestion, gastritis, ulcers and other gastro-intestinal issues. Ginger is also an amazing antidote to colds, congestion, and sore throats and is known to soothe coughs and other cold symptoms. The expectorant quality of ginger helps to bring mucus up and out of the lungs, bronchi and trachea. Receiving thai heat massages during cold and flu season is a no-brainer.

Ginger is also known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is wonderful for arthritis and chronic pain. Ginger is known to reduce pain, soothe joint pain and inflammation and because the herbal compresses can be placed directly on the joints and bones it is fabulous for arthritis and other chronic pain. The herbal compresses are wonderful for people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

Ginger is an herb that promotes sweating by raising the body temperature, through sweat toxins are dispelled through the pores. This detoxification is good for colds, flu, lymph problems, chronic pain in the joints and connective tissues. Ginger is also good to improve healthy blood flow in the uterus and as such is excellent for promoting healthy menstruation.  

The second ingredient in a thai herbal bundle is cinnamon which is known to promote good circulation. It is also beneficial for promoting the health of the kidneys and the heart. Cinnamon has pain relieving properties when used topically. Cinnamon is also used for its detoxifying qualities as it is a diuretic which increases urination and encourages detoxification through the kidneys. Like the ginger, cinnamon is also known to help move mucous up and out of the bronchial cavities.

Thai basil shares a lot of the same qualities as ginger and cinnamon. It is detoxifying, releases mucous and encourages good digestive function.

Orange rind has strong antioxidants which naturally detoxify and contribute to long term health, immunity and longevity. The orange rind in the thai herbal bundles are wonderful for energy and immunity. It also shares the same qualities as ginger, cinnamon and thai basil in treating colds and digestive problems.

Cumin is an herb which is also good to promote healthy digestive, improves respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis or the common cold. Cumin boosts the immune system and is known in particular to detoxify by accelerating the secretion of anti-carcinogenic enzymes from the glands. Like the orange rind, it is a powerful anti-oxidant.

Menthol is wonderful for muscle cramps and helps to reduce muscle and joint inflammation. It is a powerful decongestant for nasal and chest congestion. It also is another ingredient that improves healthy digestive function in the body.

Camphor is an amazing cure-all. Many of you will know it as one of the main ingredients of tiger balm. Camphor works as another decongestant to treat colds, congestion, sore throats, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis. It is known to stimulate the brain, heart and improve overall circulation. Camphor has wonderful sedative qualities for calming stress and anxiety.

Clove Oil is another fantastic ingredients for indigestion and respiratory problems. Clove oil is also good for relieving headaches and it is another ingredient which reduces stress. Cassia oil is also good for digestive complaints and colds. In addition cassia oil is useful for treating arthritis and rheumatism.

Finally last, but not least, peppermint oil has an incredibly calming effect on the nervous system. The vapor of peppermint oil from the herbal compresses treats nervousness, insomnia, and stress related or migraine headaches.

When the thai bundles are applied to your skin, the heat penetrates your pores, blood flow is stimulated, resulting in a rapid rebuilding and nourishing of your body’s tissues. The steam deeply penetrates and relaxes your muscles and tendons, alleviating pain and tension. Deep relaxation relives stress and improves overall health and well-being, boosting your body’s natural energy while soothing and calming your mind.

So whether your ailments are digestive, respiratory, muscle pain, joint pain, arthritis, or plain old stress, thai massage could be just the treatment you are looking for. Call Melissa today at 416-737-0999 to book your thai heat massage appointment.



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