How does it work?
A herbal massage typically lasts for around 70 minutes. As well as using the hands to massage out knots, the practitioner applies a hot herbal compress to the skin. This compress is heated with steam and contains a variety of herbs and spices with healing properties, such as lemongrass, turmeric, tamarind and kaffir lime leaves. The compress is gently applied to specific points on the body, allowing the herbs to be absorbed through the skin.
Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in a modified yoga pose during your massage - the practitioner may gently manipulate your limbs, improving flexibility and leaving you feeling nice and bendy.
Some practitioners allow you to take the herbal compress home with you after your massage, so you can add it to your bath to keep reaping those blissful benefits.
Is it for me?
Practitioners claim that herbal massage can provide relief for all sorts of conditions, including muscular injuries, asthma, menstrual cramps, sinusitis, stress and insomnia. Use of the herbal compress is very gentle, so herbal massage is great for soothing areas of the body which are too tender to be massaged with the hands. It is also a good alternative to acupressure, as it works by stimulating the same points.
Good to know
Herbal massage has been practiced since the 14th century, when hot packs of herbs were applied to the tired bodies of soldiers returning from war.