Healing with Thai Herbal Bundles
24 Florida and NCBTMB CE Hours
NCBTMB Provider # 450670-08; Florida State CE Provider # 50-9043; Louisiana State CE Provider # LAP0155
Thais have used these steamed herbal bundles, called luk pra kob, as a multi-faceted and multi-purpose healing treatment for centuries. The Thai Herbal Compress Massage, also known as LukPraKob, Thai herbal balls treatment, Thai herbal bundles treatment, herbal bolus treatment, or herbal heat revival treatment, uses heated herbal aromatic bundles containing a blend of 16-20 traditional Thai herbs: Aromatic Salisb, Derris Scandens Benth, Zingiber cassumunar, Cassumunar, Camphor, Borneo camphor, Cinnamon, Citronella, Cryptolepis buchannai roem, Curcuma aromatica salisb, Galangal, Lemon Grass, Kaffir lime, Leech lime, Wild Lime, Menthol, Patchouli, Prai Ginger, Tamarind leaves, Turmeric oil and many more.
These bundles are steamed and then applied directly to the skin or through the client's clothing during the Thai massage session. The therapeutic value of this moist heat aromatherapy treatment combined with Thai Yoga stretches has innumerable holistic healing benefits, simultaneously achieving a relaxing and invigorating effect on the mind and body. This herbal compress massage increases circulation and energy flow, relaxes, warms, releases tension, relieves stiff muscles and joints, eases chronic pain and improves the skin condition while stimulating the senses to reduce mental fatigue and stress.
In our dynamic and practical three-day Introduction to Thai Hot Herbal Compress Massage course, we’ll give you an insight into Thai medicine and culture, as well as a thorough practical training into the safe and effective treatment of the art of Thai herbal compress massage.
Participants will learn:
- Introduction to the origins of Eastern herbal medical treatments, including benefits, properties and healing effects of herbs and contra-indications
- Practical, flowing, traditional Thai herb compress treatments that will add to your current range of treatments and will have your regular massage clients coming back for more
- The safe use of equipment, bundles, herbs needed and other hydrotherapies relevant health and safety considerations
- How to adapt your body mechanics, quality of touch, pressure and personalize your Thai herbal treatments while maintaining the purity and integrity of this sacred bodywork.
- Thai herbs properties, and how to make your own herbal compresses recipes
- Thai herbal compress massage techniques - Hands on Demonstration and Practice
This Class is useful for:
- Massage therapists/ Bodyworkers who are interested in learning a new Thai technique
- Great complement to any Spa menu of services. See our Spa Staff training program
- Thai Herbal Compress Massage and Thai Reflexology combine well into a unique healing session
Upcoming Course Dates:
- Thai on the Table with Herbal Compress Massage
- May 29-31, 2015 - Wilkesboro, North Carolina (24 CE Hours) - $350
To reserve your spot in the next workshop, please REGISTER EARLY.
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You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Congratulations to our last Thai Herbal Massage Class!
Jairo & Dennis —
Thai Massage is much more than Massage...
"Thai Herbal for me is another step, a connection to Thai medicine that will commit me to the lifestyle of a Thai yogi. It shows me the reality of how sensitive and vulnerable we are to touch, environments and the micro elements attached to objects of contact. The Thai herbal session facilitates a therapeutic space for the client that allows us to access a truly profound session that requires a great sense of responsibility, integrity, clarity, communication and many other qualities demanding the strong practice of the practitioner."
"Thank you for so impeccably guiding this gorgeous and important class. The pure + natural wisdom inherent in the plant world is one of our most powerful healing allies—and one that can only be understood through the deepest listening and through constant discipline and practice of connecting to the highest vibrational planes. I believe that in dissolving our ego and humbly approaching the art of Thai Herbal Massage with respect and reverence, we set the stage for sacred and transformational evolution of the body and soul. I believe this evolution is mandatory for the future of the human race. The problems this planet currently faces are so vast that it's hard to not despair, and I do despair—a lot. About war, hatred, ignorance, the pollution of our oceans, our earth and our brains. I am one of those who sees all—the microcosm, the macrocosm, the inner and hidden world of the sub-conscious, the unconscious, the monkey-mind caused by the ego's prison and the mind-tricks that go on all around us. But I also see beauty and potential…and hope. I think each person can make a difference in changing the world's course. One healing hand at a time. We can see into each other's souls and offer salve. We can cook pure, organic, simple foot for each other to help re-nourish our bodies. Learning the healing ways of the herbs is where it's at for me. Through my hands and my heart, and through my kitchen, I will continue to work towards being an agent of peace and healing for my community, my friends, my family, my pets and myself. Thai Herbal Massage is an important tool in the bigger healing picture of all nature."
"Thai Herbal massage for me is…a closer interaction, a more intimate contact with another. I believe it can take a traditional Thai Massage to a deeper feel-emotion-touch into a deep healing-physically (body) and emotionally (spirit). Practitioner is able to engage in all aspects-conversation to understand/read/get to know the person. Sometimes unsaid not unspoken (body language) needs. Therefore the possibility to touch someone—even without touch--can be achieved. Understanding on a deeper level. Growth as a practitioner is achieved--trust achieved. Compassionate understanding and love can be reached with amazing possibilities of healing of an individual—overall health that can start with the intuitiveness—sometimes with words and the close trusting love that will be achieved by completing knowledge of the doshas reading and authenticity and intuitiveness of the practitioner, mutual growth-love is achieved."
"Culmination of celestial wisdom transformed through the purity of a vessel to the self or a recipient. It is ego transformed by an elevation of self through transformation and embodiment of understanding of the gunas, koshas, doshas, paramitas, nature of self and environment and levels of layers resonating on vibrational energy. It is wisdom transferred down through our ancestors and teachers. It is unconditional love, reverential touch, compassion, sympathy, forgiveness, acceptance and a deep presence awakened within us in the spirit of the divine and mother earth to raise vibrations for healing in a sacred space."..." Thank you so much! I am moved with an abundance of inspiration flowing thru all the layers of my being."
"The opportunity to exponentially potencize the effects of massage therapy. Using the bundles, from harvest, to sorting, preparing, bundling and cooking becomes a process of care and accumulating positive healing energy for the ultimate resultant effect of benefit for the recipient. Like a circuit, the healing benefits the practitioner as well."
"A very interesting alternative/complementary therapy that I can refer my psychotherapy clients to in order to ensure holistic healing and integration of the work we do. While in my practice we can't touch our clients, I can continue to use these principles to help clients get present to their bodies. Personally I can use this to give and receive healing touch and expand my world to include more healers of different focuses. Anything I can do to raise my vibration, own my power, gain balance in my life and radiate even more life can make the healing work I do much more powerful."
"Introduction to Herbal Thai has renewed my love for working with our plant kingdom. Growing up in Ghana, one cannot help be in constant communion with this kingdom of life since we are in the rainforest. Thus coming to class reminded me how valuable and indispensable these wonderful friends are. I have been reminded of the ways which my culture has revered the Kingdom of Life. With this reminder, I plan on continuing holding all things in reverence and to apply these teachings in my daily practice." ..."Thank you thank you thank you for opening up this new dimension of Thai massage to me."
"A wholesome, revitalizing therapy that is able to reach and saturate multiple layers of body. Truly it's what I've always wanted to do, but just didn't know it. A way of learning to commune with, respect, and develop an intimate relationship with the magical plants of this Earth, and all beings that walk upon it. This therapy is clearly a beautiful extension of the loving spirituality of Thailand. It is a way to connect to someone's heart, and water the seed of Buddhahood in both the client and therapist. Wonderful, compassionate poetry in motion. Thank you. I am infinitely grateful."
"Thai Herbal Massage for me is the spiritual and physical connection with a client, in order to help him/her reach a state of mental and physical equilibrium. It involves the establishment of trust, the gentle questioning of the client with regards to his/her physical and mental well-being, the assessment and manipulation of soft tissues, stretching of muscles and joints, and the application of herbal poultices to the body. Herbal poultices bring relief to tense and aching muscles, improve circulation, increase the drainage of waste products and help reduce edema. Thai Herbal Massage stimulates the senses and eases mental fatigue and stress. Individuals who are stressed by past, present or future challenges are likely to find That Herbal Massage very beneficial indeed."
"A treatment that has helped me stay present. It is more than just a treatment for the physical body. It helps realign the mind, body and spirit. Coming to this class has helped me in more ways than I can describe. It has helped me regain focus on the aspects of myself that I was ignoring. It has helped give me strength to become a better person. It has helped me remember how important it is to take care of yourself. Thai Herbal Massage is a tool that has the ability to open and remove any blockages that cause physical and emotional pain. It is something I hope to learn more about in the future. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to learn this special and sacred practice. I feel very honored to have had the chance to be surrounded by so many kindred spirits. Thank you. Namaste."
"Thai Herbal Massage to me opens up the deeper connection to the Earth and to the higher being. The utilization of the herbs provides a much deeper healing, facilitating movement of toxins out of the body and establishing a new balanced body and self. I really enjoy the meditational aspect of Thai Massage that was presented and demonstrated. I realized that this type of practice opens up much more opportunity for healing on a spiritual, emotional, and mental level than I have ever imagined. With this new appreciation for this aspect, Thai Herbal Massage has expended my connection to the client. Now Thai Herbal massage is another modality that I can really use to release negative charges and set new pathways for clients while allowing relaxation and tension relief. This practice is a deep, trusting connection between the therapist and client that develops and changes throughout the session. As a result of this, Thai Herbal Massage is a beautiful, expansive and grounding modality that I will be practicing as often as possible."
"Thai Herbal Massage ironically isn't really about the bundles or the herbs at all. The weekend class has been a reminder to us all that we are not separate from the plants, the Earth, sky or all creation. When intuition and compassion is the most important element of what we do, we may notice the imbalance in the person being observed. Through this observation, one can decide through touch, verbal communication and choice of herbal compress to help alleviate blocks so energy can move freely and harmoniously. When we use plants, we want to honor them as if they are sisters and brothers. Everything is sacred."
"Thank you Kumu Jairo Kealoha Cardona and Dennis Stovall for blessing our Sangha and deepening our relationship with the Thai Culture. You brought us your wide open hearts. And in return we filled a room with wide open hearts. And also, now we have the courage to explore the herbal application!!! I'm going to get a steamer ASAP and apply simple intuitive points on marmas. Thank you for adding beauty to the world!"
Thank you for becoming part of our mission; Namaste!
Jairo Cardona and Dennis Stovall, LMT’s, NCBTMB
Sacred Bodywork, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. NCBTMB Provider # 450670-08, and by the States of Florida and Louisiana Boards of Massage Therapy, Florida CE Provider # 50-9043 and Louisiana CE Provider #LAO0155.
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