Thai Ball Massage
The Thai Herbal Compress Massage treatment (called Luk Pra Kob in Thai) carries a variety of names, such as Herbal Ball Compress Massage, Hot Herbal Ball Massage, Herbal Pouch Massage, Herbal Packs Massage, or Herbal Stem Massage. Note also that herbal compresses can be used either hot or cold, although usually hot compresses are applied.
The herbal ball compress or herbal pack is a (often cotton) wrapped mix of herbs, steamed (in a bamboo or electrical steamer) and when hot, applied to the body by pressing, gliding or smearing in circular, linear and/or rolling movements. As said, compresses can be cold also, depending on the application or goal of the treatment.
Sometimes herbal compresses are used as an integral part of a Thai Massage or Thai Abdominal Massage (Chi Nei Tsang) treatment session to warm up and open up the body before a session and to soothe the muscles and organs after a session. Yet, note that herbal compress massage can also be given as a complete full body massage treatment.
Another popular application is to soothe and re-energize the body, abdomen and internal organs of women in their postnatal i.e. postpartum period. For instance, herbal compresses are essential in Traditional Thai Postpartum Treatments (Yu Fai).
When applied as a full body massage, typically the Thai ten Sen Energy lines (Sib Sen Meridians) are treated, which assumes knowledge of the (whereabouts) of the Sen Lines and/or a basic knowledge of giving Thai Massage.