What is Kao Au Yu Fai ?
The process of “Kao Au Yu Fai” is a well-known traditional system of post-partal detoxfication, rebalancing, and revitalization practiced by Thai women for centuries. Developed in different forms among various local cultures, the program includes a series of gentle and on-invasive treatments such as baths, compresses, massages, and saunas, all using herbs native to Thailand. These healing practices are part of a wider Thai folk tradition of self-care that also includes massage, meditation, and detoxifying food. Because of the unique health benefits that it offers, “Kao-Au-Yu-Fai” has now been adopted not only by new mothers seeking to restore their bodies after childbirth, but also by a wide range of individuals who hope to relieve stress, eliminate pain, and reinvigorate the senses.
There are 4 underlying principals of Kao Au Yu Fai
The goal is to reestablishing mothers’ physical, emotional and mental function back to normal state and to cultivate a healthy balance of 4 body elements, and ultimately provide an inner peace, calmness and awareness for mothers. These 4 underlying principals are detoxification, rebalance, rejuvenate and relaxation.
Benefit of Kao Au Yu Fai
- Aiding Mother’s Uterus back to normal
- Help expelling the remaining amniotic fluid (Nam Kao Pla) and to cleanse toxin from body
- Help Alleviate stomach cramps
- Reduce back pain and/or relieve muscle tension from every part of body
- Cleanse all dead cell and fishy smell from delivery
- Reduce fishy smell and womb pain
- Help balancing body temperature
- Reduce swelling
- Improve the skin condition and complexion
What are Steps involved in Kao Au Yu Fai
- Herbal Bath: An aromatic and relaxing bath of lemongrass, zingiber cassumunar tamardind leaves, and kaffir rind.
Benefits: Cleanses the body of traces of postpartal vaginal discharge; relaxes and freshens skin.
- “Nuad Thai” : A series of massage techniques targeting all parts of the body strained during pregnancy.
Benefits: Relieves muscle tension; stimulates functioning of lymph glands; lessens symptoms of edema; detoxifies skin.
- “Pra Kob” (Herbal Compress): A heated compress ball made from a mix of Thai herbs that is applied to tired muscles.
Benefits: Lessens muscle tension; relieves aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
- “Tub-it” (Red Brick Compress): A heated compress made from a brick and crinum lily leaves wrapped in unbleached cloth that is applied to tired msucles.
Benefits: Lessens muscle pain; stimulates blood flow; lessens symptoms of edema.
- “Tub-mor-Glua” (Clay Salt Pot Compress Massage): A hot heated compress made from a clay pot filled with salt, cassumnar ginger, crinum lily leaves, curcuma, kaffir lime leaves, and kaffir lime leaves that is applied to tired muscles.
Benefits: Eliminates amniotic fluid retained in the body during childbirth; lessens menstrual cramps; relieves back ache.
- “Ob Samoonprai” Thai Herbal Sauna: A sauna within a small cotton tent filled with steam from a boiled mixture of herbs, including zingiber cassumunar, white turmeric, curcuma amada, lemongrass, and soap pod.
Benefits: Cleanses the body of traces of postpartal vaginal discharge; detoxifies the body; improves blood circulation.
- Herbal Drink: An infusion of oyster plant, curcuma xanthorrhiza roxb, white turmeric, and sugar cane, consumed after morning and evening meals.
Benefits: Cleanses the body of traces of postpartal vaginal discharge; reduces stomach gas; accelerates nursing mother’s milk flow.
- Meditation: A path to state of calmness and peacefulness. Samatha (tranquility) meditation or Vipassana (insight) Meditation both will help calming the mind and free oneself from thoughts.
Benefits: Through the practice of being in the present moment and a mindful focus, the restless mind is calmed and awareness of thoughts arises.