Herbal Compress Massage
Massage is considered as the therapy that taking care of person’s both physical and mental health, as well as their emotions. The art of massage states that all actions are serviced based on caring and empathy. The benefits of massage are tremendous, including both physical and mental benefits. For example, it can help improving blood circulation, bringing nutrition to each body part, reducing tension, boosting the metabolism, and expelling toxins. All things considered, it dose brings out the better health. Normally, the most used muscles tend to have some tensions and toxics, which obstructing the regular blood circulation, causing the soreness. Massage will alleviate this by releasing those muscle tensions.
Moreover, massage can benefit in terms of supporting the lymphatic system. That is, the lymph node will be stimulated during the treatment, bringing out the good circulatory and immune system to protect us from germs and diseases. The benefit of massage extends beyond just for regular person. For the mother after giving birth, the massage will help to maintain mother’s emotions, and ease the body pain from 9-month pregnancy. It will release the muscle tensions, particularly the stomach, back, and legs, and bringing back the circulatory systems to its normal stage. In addition, the massage for new mother would help reducing the varicose veins, back pain, and stomachache as well.
The use of herbal ball in Thailand is dated 500 years ago in an ancient city called Ayutthaya. Herbal compress ball was used along with massage. Its technique is based on bodywork and body’s energy flow so the combination of hot compress and massage will help relieveing body from sore muscles and stress. The ingredients inside the herbal compressed ball include the assortment of valuable herbs such as Plai, Fingerroot, Turmeric, Zedoary, Galanga, Ginger, Lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, Tamarind leaf, Acacia leaf, and camphor. After it was well packed in the cloth, it’s then steamed for a while before use. For people who are under stress and fatigue, herbal compress massage will help expand epidermis layer and increase blood circulation.
The herbal compress ball should be wrapped with the towel after steam to maintain appropriate temperature, not too hot. When the ball is not hot anymore, we can repeat using by steaming it again. There should be 2 herbal compressed balls in order to make the massage smooth. After the massage, the mother has to rest for a while, to let the herbs can penetrate to the skin and the body temperature get back to normal. Then, the mother will have the herbal bathing using the leftover herbs. If we stored it properly, the herbal ball can last 3-5 days in the fridge. If it is too dry, we can spray it with clean water or liquor. If there is no more yellowish liquid coming out or there is the spoiled part, then it can be replaced by the new one.
This type of massage also has some precautions. Mother with diabetes or any inflammation such as bruises or wound, should not be serviced because it will cause the blood vessels to expand more, which may cause the bleeding. The mother should wait at least 1 day after the inflammatory got cured before receiving the service.