The medical term for healing crisis is the "Herxheimer Reaction." This occurs when the cells release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs (skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder & GI tract) are not able to eliminate them quickly enough.
The healing crisis is very natural and unique for everyone. Most people experience very mild symptoms while others experience severe issues. You need to understand that these symptoms are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and toxins are eliminated. Symptoms usually reduce or are eliminated within two to three days but on rare occasions can last a few weeks. You may experience:
stiffness, aching muscles, tiredness
Shivery - this is due to blood capillaries opening up to increases blood flow to the muscles and the skin surface
frequent visits to the toilet - this allows your body to get rid of waste
runny nose / coughing - again this allows your body to get rid of toxins
your body is in a repairing phase and might take some time to re-adjust.
This treatment is based on the holistic principles of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine. Thai herbalism is an ancient tradition which was preserved for over a thousand years in monasteries and temples around Thailand, and is still practiced to this day. Add the Thai Compress or Sauna to you massage for a deeper, relaxing treatment. Compress happens during, and as part of a massage. Sauna happens before a massage.
Anyone who works with the body will know about adding ice or heat...
Massage and herbal therapy has always been a part of Thai culture. Even the food they eat is about nutrition from the inside out. We have a lot to learn from this culture. And although the sex trade and Thai massage has somehow been married together - nothing could be further from the truth.
Thai massage can be as deep or superficial as you want, but as they say in Thailand "No pain, No gain!".
Thai massage naturally incorporates other massages treatments and more. Adding Thai Herbal - is a bonus. The heat and herbs used are historically positive and only add to a treatment. Plus some of them cannot be bought here with out being authorised. The herbs are choosen for specific reasons. They are respected. And rightly so. After child birth, sport relief or just general health. Thai Massage and Herbs are an excelent combination.
Camphor – stimulates the brain, heart and circulation system, but relieves mental, emotional stress, anxiety and insomnia. When inhaled it is good for sinuses and respiration. Used in compresses it soothes sore muscles and arthritis, and treats nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Cassamunar Ginger – sooths the aching muscle. It's a natural emollient used by women to tone and soften their skin, and has been used (in Thailand) by generations to restore the womb after giving birth. 3 months is given to women to recover from childbirth in Thailand. It includes Thai Sauna. We have a lot to learn as Westerners.
The benifits of Thai Herbs can help:
Relax you qucker, enabling your therapist to work on a deeper level
Stimulates and calms the nervous system
Relieve tension and chronic pain by deeping the relaxation of muscle and nerve fibres, through the heat and aromatic properties of the herbs
Increase blood circulation - enabling capillaries to deliver nutrients more efficiently to the skins surface.
Increase lymphatic circulation and detoxification with the heat, herbs and massage
Heal - by the herbs being ingested when breathing as well as through the skin.
Balance the 'Ki' or 'Chi', - Thai massage follows the Sen lines of the body. Your meridian lines, also known as energy lines. Restoring the bodies vital energy flow.
The herbs also have antiseptic propaties.
"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
Eucalyptus – this aroma has an emotionally refreshing effect. While we assoceate it with chest and throat problems for colds, cough, congestion, asthma and other respiratory conditions. It is also antiseptic killing germs and speeding the healing of wounds and infections.
Galangal – Yes, you can make amazing soup from this. You can also use it to internally relieves many digestive ailments. It is strong, antiseptic and tones the skin as well as treating skin diseases.
Ginger – Most people know the powerful effect when stimulanting the body with heat. It boosts circulation, eases muscle stiffness and increases the potency of all herbs combined with it. Say no more!
Kaffir Lime – Again, another great leave for a curry - however these vapours are also uplifting. Treating respiratory ailments and cleaning the skin, as the oil acts as a cleansing astringent.
Lemongrass – Soothing and invigorating. Like Thai Massage its self, clearing the head and uplifting the mind.
Turmeric – one of the key ingredients in a good curry - and in healing - used internally for circulatory and digestive problems. It is also antiseptic and a natural moisturiser, very popular for skin treatments.
A wonderfull addation to any massage.