Introducing the Thai Luk Pra Massage


Luk Pra Kob (Thai Herbal Compress Treatment) is the name for the traditional Thai treatment using herbal compresses. This treatment has been used in Traditional Thai Medicine for hundreds of years. The literal translation of Luk Pra Kob is “pressing herbal sphere” or herbal ball, called samunphrai in Thai.
The compress is prepared by placing the herbal mixture in a muslin cloth bag and then placed in a standard vegetable steamer to heat the compress thoroughly. The steaming process releases essential oils with aromatherapy, which aid to improve many common ailment such as headaches, colds, allergies etc. Compresses are also used for pain alleviation, inflammation, skin diseases and system detoxification.
Some Thai therapists may use the Luk Pra Kob technique during the massage session to enhance the range of motion, improve circulation, or reduce muscle tension, and provide relaxation benefits. The compress is traditionally used as a massage tool to tap, knead, twist or press the muscles to improve circulation, minimize painful knots and release blocked energy.