Tidal Therapies’ Thai Hot Compress Massage.
Tidal Therapies in North Norfolk is a complete wellbeing experience for body and soul that is going places. Originally based at Creake Abbey Studios, you can now enjoy the full range of delightful holistic and beauty treatments in Holt and at Potter & Dibble in Dersingham. No excuse not to indulge yourself now then…
One of Tidal Therapies’ ‘signature’ treatments is the Thai Hot Compress Massage. I visited the Tidal Therapies Centre in Holt, a discreet and peaceful little space next to Nicholsons just off the High Street, to see if said massage could relieve the unbelievable knots in my poor aching shoulders and whatnot (i.e. to see if it could work miracles).
Tidal Therapies Owner Linda Black, who set the business up almost 2 years ago after relocating from London to North Norfolk, describes the treatment thus:
“Hot Thai Compress Massage offers the application of warming and muscle easing heated compresses comprised of some 20 Thai Herbs including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and tamarind. The massage combines the benefits of dry body brushing, swedish and lymphatic drainage massage to provide the best possible relaxation and invigoration experience”.
After an initial consultation with Linda, I pretty much stripped off (dignity preserved with a towel) to lie face down on the bed and the dry brush was used across my body. A fan of dry brushing (great for getting the old circulation going) this felt wonderful, ridding the body of dead skin and stimulating the blood supply.
Meanwhile, the compresses – large-ish cloth ball-like objects with a handle that are packed with herbs, are being steam heated. This resulted in the most gorgeous fragrance filling the room – a virtue of the 40-odd Thai herbs in each compress. Once heated, the compresses are applied in deep strokes, which allows the heat to penetrate into both the muscles and the joints to aid relaxation. This was a very pleasant sensation and indeed extremely relaxing.
Following thorough application of the compresses, Linda used Swedish massage techniques with pre-blended relaxing aromatherapy oils from Aroma Natural to assist the easing of any areas of knots and tension in the muscles. As I mentioned earlier, Linda had her work cut out, particularly around my left shoulder. But, diligent and professional, work she did, and those knots weren’t getting away lightly. By the end of the treatment I’d say the tension had improved by a good 90%, if not abated in its entirety.
Once the back and legs had been tackled it was time to turn over and the process was repeated on the front of my legs and arms.
All in all, the treatment lasts about an hour and afterwards one definitely feels thoroughly relaxed and pampered. I actually had trouble walking, I was so blissed out. I would probably give it a while before driving after this treatment! Alongside the relaxation one does feel an overall sense of ‘wellbeing’ and calm. Just what we all need from time to time in this hectic modern world. Thanks Linda!
Thai Hot Compress Massage – 60 mins – £50.
Creake Abbey, North Creake, NR21 9LF
Tel: 07854 001590
Suite 4, High Silver (next to Nicholsons), 35 High Street, Holt, NR25 6BN
Tel: 07773 252170