Thai Massage Tips with the Thai Herbal Compress

Temperature

  • Steam ball in steamer unit for 5-6 minutes or until hot
  • Remove with towel or oven mitt
  • Test ball temperature on your hand or inner arm before using on receiver
  • Transfer heat to hand 1st then to receiver
  • Use short quick strokes with hot compress
  • Apply longer deeper pressure with warm or compress that is loosing its heat
    HOT COLD
    INDICATIONS CONTRAINDICATIONS INDICATIONS CONTRAINDICATIONS
    Most chronic injuries < 4 weeksArthritic and Rheumatic conditionsSubacute and chronic post traumatic inflammatory conditions

    Synovitis,Strains, SprainsTenosynovitis

    Non-infectious bursitis

    Contusions Joint Stiffness

    Subacute and chronic back ache

    Peripheral nerve injuries

    Post surgical orthopedic conditions

    Orthopedic conditions

    Trigger points

    Muscle spasm

    Radiculitis

    Headaches

    Nervous tension / Emotional stress

    Acute inflammatory processAcute non-draining cellulitisAcute infectious arthritis

    Any condition with a tendency toward hemorrhage

    Peripheral nerve injuries in which the appreciation of heat sensation has been lost or impaired

    Pregnancy if treating over the abdomen, pelvis, or lower back

    Areas where a malignant growth is suspected

    Certain medications which may sensitize the body to heat

    Skin lesions

    Weakness

    Heart disease

    Peripheral vascular disease

    Caution:

    Cancer

    Tuberculosis

    Anemia

    Diabetes mellitus

    Hypertension

    Fever or high temperature

    Accelerated pulse

    Most acute injuries <48 hoursRelief of pain and muscle spasmAcute inflammation:Edema

    Bleeding

    Raynaud’s phenomenon (vasospastic disorder and the like)Cold urticaria—hivesCold-induced hemoglobinuria

    Cryoglobinemia

    Cold hypersensitivity Anesthesia or numbness Shivering

    Edematous

    PVD (peripheral vascular disease)

    Allergy or sensitivity to cold

    Impaired circulation orFrostbite

    Hypothyroidism

    Kidney problems

    Caution:

    Cardiac conditions : arthymia,

    Angina

    High blood pressure

    Superficial nerves

    Healing/new wounds

Massage

When NOT to massage:

  • Vertigo
  • Acute burns
  • Infectious diseases
  • Phlebitis or Lymphangitis
  • Suspicion of local malignancy
  • Acutely inflamed joints and soft tissue
  • Pain or inflammation from deep massage techniques
  • Suspicion of hematoma
  • Acute dermatitis
  • Suspicion of osteomyelitis or tuberculous lesions of bone
  • Presence of intra abdominal organic disease
  • Advanced arteriosclerosis

Contact doctor or health professional before using the Thai herbal compress to prevent adverse reactions if unsure of medical condition.

Massage Technique Tips:

  • Follow along muscle and soft tissue – do not massage bony prominences
  • Tap, roll, press, dab, circle, twist…be creative when using ball. There is no ‘right’ way to use the compress, just make sure each technique feels good to the receiver.
  • Make sure you and/or the receiver are comfortable. Use pillows to prop up and support limbs, low back and neck.
  • Always be in contact with the receiver regarding temperature and comfort.

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