What is in a Thai Herbal Compress?

Recently we have launched our new Thai range and we have great interest in our Thai Herbal Compress. So we decided to let you have an insight into what exactly goes into the compresses.

There are countless types of herbal compresses out in the market to buy but we have tried to keep it as traditional as possible.

In Thailand they are very passionate about what they use in their compresses but also what they put in their food. That is why throughout this article we will discuss how the herbs and oils can be used in both compress and cuisine.  


Zingiber Cussumunar Roxb. 

Zingiber is more commonly known in Thailand as ‘Plai’. It is an essential oil that is extracted from the root, or Rhizome, of the Zingiber plant. Zingiber is native to Thailand and is often relatively easy to get a hold of. The oil is produced by steam distillation of the root. This could be one of the reasons for its common use in food and herbal medicine. Doctors in Thailand tend to use this on sports injuries because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic purposes. This makes it ideal for those who suffer from rheumatics or arthritis. By combining the oil in the compress with the heat of it once it’s been steamed, it will ease the swelling around inflamed joints and help regain mobility.



Turmeric, or Curcuma Longa, is native to India. It is a powder rather than oil, but like the Zingiber it is also extracted from the roots. But instead of being distilled the roots are steamed over many hours then dried out in a hot oven. Once fully dried out it is then ground up into an orange/yellow powder commonly used in Indian cuisine for curries.
Although it is more popular in food, it is used for herbal compress because of its antifungal and antibacterial purposes. If you have ever had a traditional compress massage and the compress turns yellow throughout the treatment, don’t be worried. This is just the Turmeric. As it has such a strong colouring it can also be used for dying clothes, linens etc.



Zedoary is known by many names; Zedoaria, White Turmeric & Curcuma Zedoria. These are the most commonly used names for it. Unfortunately its name is more common than its use around Europe & America. This is due to the fact it has been replaced by ginger as it is easier to get a hold of and cheaper.  It is predominantly used in Indian & Indonesia for seasoning. This is also an essential oil that can be extracted from the roots of the plant. It is very unique and recognisable because of its smell & taste. It has a smell similar to Mango yet tastes like Ginger. Many people use Zedoary to ease anxiety, stress, fatigue, and pain and swelling because of its anti-inflammatory purposes. Once again perfect for those suffering from Arthritis. 



Lemongrass, also known as Cymbopogon Citratus, is native to India & Tropical Asia. Lemongrass is very popular in Aromatherapy and is great when used during the cold/flu. In other health benefits, it is used to improve digestion, nausea and menstruation problems along with headaches, muscle cramps, spasms and rheumatisms. By combining  lemongrass with a  massage such as colon & deep organ massage, it will leave you feeling refreshed.  Lemongrass is perfect to use in any form of massage but by adding it to the compress gives a little added ‘Zing!’ to it.


So there we have it. The 4 four main ingredients for our Thai Herbal Compresses. If you would like to book in for a Thai Herbal Compress massage, or any of our other Thai treatments please call 01506 238366 or book online via Facebook or Weesally.com






The benefits of Thai Massage ~ Caitlin Moffat

Over the past 10 years or so, Thai massage has gradually been making it’s way to the UK, and for me as a therapist that is fantastic!
It is becoming increasingly popular among clinics and spa’s all over the UK and if you have ever received a Thai massage you'll understand why!


Thai massage comes in many different forms, and is practiced in many different ways, depending on the therapist.
Traditional Thai massage is different from regular massage because it is performed with the client on a mat on the floor rather than a massage couch/bed.
There is also a lot more active & passive stretching

- Active stretching is when the client contributes to the stretch

- Passive stretching is when the therapist is performing the stretch on the client with no help from the               client

They also work along Thai SEN Lines, or energy lines which are believed to be channels in which the energy flows around the body. So by working along these lines you are helping move energy round the body and keep it flowing. 

Thai massage is perfect for people who suffer from range of motion issues, stiff joints, body builders, athletes, anyone who has mobility issues and may be unable or uncomfortable on the couch, etc.

For those who have range of motion issues, joint stiffness & mobility issues, Thai massage is more suited because of the stretching. The stretches will be used to gently loosen tightened muscles that may be lying over joints and causing pain, stiffness, swelling and lack of mobility. It can also lengthen the muscles to their original state helping the results last longer.

For those who are very active; such as athletes, body builders, personal trainers etc, the end goal (usually) is to gain muscle tone, and in doing so you increase the muscle mass. As the muscles increase loss or restricted flexibility can occur along with lessened range of motion and possibly mobility, compared to those with lesser muscle mass, because the muscle fibers have increased in width and breadth. Again, the stretching will help lengthen and loosen the muscles returning them to there original state.

Much research has been done into benefits of thai massage and how it can help people and there are several conditions which can specifically benefit from receiving Thai Massage:

  • Muscle strain
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress
  • Migraines
  • Postural issues
  • Inactive patients (elderly with limited movement)
  • Chronic joint disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's
  • Neurological diseases
  • Metabolism & Circulation disorders
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Menstrual pains
  • Digestion disorders


In Thailand research was done on patients who suffer from scapulocostal syndrome (SCS) to see  how the pain, muscle tension and anxiety are affected by Thai massage. Scapulocostal Syndrome  is a musculoskeletal pain syndrome that affects the shoulder blade. The pain can affect the upper and posterior parts of the shoulder but can also be uncomfortable in the head, neck, arms and chest areas. 

Only 20 subjects were selected and were aged between 18 & 50 years old. The patients said to suffer from “spontaneous scapular pain that lasted more than 12 weeks, and had at least one trigger point in the scapular region”

The 20 subjects were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group received “30-min session of Traditional thai massage (TTM) for  9 sessions over a period of 3 weeks around the scapula region” The same therapist was used for all 9 treatments.

The other 10 were assigned to a group which received only “30-min sessions of heat pack and ultrasound therapy (for 10 min) for 9 sessions over 3 weeks”


From the research the results indicated that the patients received more long term relief from the TTM group than the non-massage group. There was no difference between the two groups concerning any immediate pain relief but as long term solution Thai massage can greatly reduce pain, tension and anxiety in patients who suffer from pain in the back, neck and shoulders.

“We may therefore conclude that the treatment by TTM among patients with SCS was superior to the PT”


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