LUK PRA KOB is the Thai name for Hot Herbal Compress,

a treatment used in conjunction with Thai Massage (Nuad Boran).

I can combine this therapy with Swedish massage, Relaxation massage and Deep tissue massage.

This treatment has been used in Thailand for over 400 years. The literal translation of Luk Pra Kob is “pressing herbal sphere” or herbal ball, called samunphrai in Thai. This technique is used to stimulate the Chinese Meridians, or sen lines in Traditional Thai Medicine, the same lines used in the treatment of acupuncture.

These herbal compresses are prepared with a variety of dry herbs, fresh herbs, flower tips, all chosen for their therapeutic  and aromatherapy benefits, along with a mixture of freshly crushed ginger root, kaffir lime and fresh lemongrass to give the compress an overall medicinal or healing property, including anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial characteristics.

The compress is then steamed, then applied to areas of bare skin or through clothing. The steaming process of the herbal compress releases essential oils that have aromatherapy benefits that improve colds, coughs, allergy issues or respiratory problems, and may also help relax and clear the mind. Additional benefits of the compress may be useful for the treatment of pain, inflammation, skin diseases or improving overall skin complexion, as well as detoxification.

After the compress has been steamed, it may be used for either hot or cold applications. The hot application is most common and adds a calming effect to the Thai Massage session while increasing blood flow, relaxing muscles, stimulating nerves and improving circulation. The cold compress can be used to reduce fevers, minimize headaches, or first aid for bruises and sprains.

It is recommended that the client not take a shower for at least a couple hours after the session to get the full benefits of the herbal mixture.

Luk Pra Kob is not encouraged for those clients with skin sensitivities to heat or chemicals, recent burns or radiation therapy, recent wounds or scarring, untreated, unstable high blood pressure, diabetes or varicose veins.

The modality is highly recommended for individuals looking for new longevity techniques, deep relaxation, and for those who enjoy facial treatments and bodywork involving heat. Since the compress is not used again with another client, the compress is given to the client at the end of the session to be taken home and used as an herbal bath infusion.