Benefits Of Thai Herbal Ball Massage

Thai herbal ball massage was long ago developed in Thailand to detoxify and relax the body in a single treatment. It combines the benefits of traditional Thai massage with the therapeutic powers of blended Thai herbs.

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Lanna Thai Massage uses balls handmade specifically for us in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a selection of therapeutic organic and naturally sourced herbs which are wrapped in a muslin cloth and tied into a ball. The ball is then steamed gently and applied to your body in mild pressing, circular and rolling movements.

The heat from the ball transfers the herbal essences and essential oils deep into your skin – resulting in the release of muscle tension, detoxification, and increase in body energy. Thai herbal ball massage potential benefits that go far beyond general relaxation and rejuvenation.

Healing Benefits Of Thai Herbal Ball Massage

- Improves blood circulation

Heat from the herbal ball helps to dilate the blood vessels which help in increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen in the body.

- Relieves joint and muscle pain

The different types of herbs used in the mixture of our Thai herbal ball are rich with analgesic and antiseptic properties. The healing effect of the herbs soothes muscle pain, while also relieving joint pain.

- Energizes your body

Thai herbal ball massage induce deep relaxation and eases the tension in your muscles and energizes and rejuvenates your body.

4. Promotes cell growth

The herbs used in the massage also have anti-inflammatory properties that sooth skin and joint inflammation.  Ball massage treatment cleanses your skin by promoting cell growth nourishes and revitalizes the skin.

5. Improves well-being

Thai massage in general releases the tension in your body, and when it is blended with a warm herbal ball massage, it further detoxifies your body releasing all stress and tension – bringing you in a peaceful and calm emotional state.

Thai herbal ball massage at Lanna Thai Massage is a totally relaxing treatment to unwind your body and rejuvenate it fully.

Call 250-442-1411 for Appointments.

OMG Christmas is Coming, Christmas is Coming.

The countdown is on and we bet you didn’t want to hear that. It’s always such a hectic time of the year. As best we can, as a family, we personally try and buy our presents locally.  Buying local helps the economy and spreads the dollar out in our community to others who also spread it around. This helps us all build a strong and vibrant local economy and allows stores to bring in more diverse merchandise in the future. It’s a true win win situation.

Christmas gift

Here at Lanna Thai Massage we offer Gift Certificates for those hard to buy for folks, those that deserve some pampering or just that “Oh My Gosh” I forgot Aunt Edna moment.  Everyone loves to relax and feel good, that’s what we offer.

Give the gift everybody loves! Gift Certificates make a wonderful gift and Lanna Thai Massage makes it easy to give these to your friends and family.  Simply call us, at 250-442-1411, to purchase gift certificates.

Oh My Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now this is something I can relate to.   Probably more men complain about back problems and Sciatic pain than anything else.


In Asian countries the problem is less prevalent in their older generation of men and women. They traditionally sit on the floor and use squat toilets. This constant large range of motion keeps older Asians much more flexible than their Western counterparts and that leads to less back problems.

So, what can be done?

Baring a medical problem like compressed or herniated disks which your doctor can diagnose, lots of other things can cause a sore back.

First and foremost, and we can not stress this enough, you have to know that the condition is not medical in nature.  Injury, a ruptured or herniated disk and acquired conditions are medical problems and can’t be fixed with massage of any kind.  That’s just an unfortunate fact. Things like pinched nerves or locked facet joints can be relieved to some extent with Thai Massage, acupressure, stretching and manipulation.

Most men over 40 complain of back problems it’s almost a fact of life. The good news is most of them don’t have major medical problems. Men tend to lift poorly over their lifetime which adds to the problem. They also do not to stretch as much as women and thus as men age become less flexible and tight.  It’s that flexibility and tightness that Thai Massage can target in very specific ways.  It works for women as well by the way, especially after childbirth, where the spine has been stressed for a long period of time.

Men tend to have very tight hamstrings and calves, the muscles at the back of your leg. When your hamstrings tighten it throws your pelvis out of alignment which in return puts your lower back out of alignment.

There is also condition called Piriformis syndrome. This condition causes the Piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, to spasm and causes pain.  The condition can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot. In 30% of the population the sciatic nerve runs directly through the muscle and any injury to the Piriformis muscle causes it to swell and pinch the sciatic nerve.  The good news is Piriformis Syndrome can be diagnosed by anyone with a 30 second test.  By manipulating your legs and making the leg muscles more flexible and elongated the stress on your lower back is relieved and the pain goes away. Unfortunately unless you continue to stretch on a regular basis it comes back.

Thai Massage is incredibly good for increasing flexibility by gently massaging and assisting in the stretching out of the muscles. If you could put your hands on the floor when you were a kid but now you can’t or can hardly touch the floor your leg muscles are too tight.

Thai Massage can help you over time to relieve a lot of the discomfort caused by lower back pain as Massage releases your natural endorphins. Those endorphins are released and help block pain signals from registering with your brain.

There are also things that you can do to stretch out your hamstrings and calves.  We can give you exercises to help at home.  Right after a hot bath is a good time as the heat relaxes your muscles. Take some Yoga classes or just go for a walk. With the help of Thai massage you can be feeling much better in no time at all.

Feel free to call us  250-442-1411 and discus any problems you are having.

By Marty Menzies
Alternate therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your physician

Is Thai Foot Massage different from Reflexology?

This is a question that we are often asked.  The main difference between Thai Foot Massage and Reflexology is the emphasis on massage with the Thai treatment.


Reflexology is about working on individual reflex points with some gentle massage techniques. Where Thai Foot Massage is the use of massage to open up and encourage the flow in the Sen energy channels.  Thai Foot Massage covers all the reflexology points by thoroughly massaging the lower leg, feet and ankles.  Thai Foot Massage follows a set routine that promotes a feeling of well being.

Thai Foot Massage is superior as it works the muscles and joints of the lower legs and feet to anything else, if you find yourself with achy and painful feet or legs at the end of the day, try Thai Foot Massage.

By Marty Menzies
Alternate therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your physician

We are OPEN, just in case you missed it.


We announced our opening in September, but some people missed it.

So we’ll shout it out again – “We’re Open For Business”.

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm

Our Studio is located at 891 – 66th Ave in South Ruckle.

Call Marty at 250-442-1411 to book an appointment or for information.



Meditation – “It doesn’t have to be that deep”

Last week I wrote about Sound Therapy  This week I’ll set you off on a journey to help you discover Meditation.

When any of us think of meditation we think of a number of Monks sitting cross-legged in a monastery or temple high in the Himalayas.  That vision is what got me interested in Buddhism and meditation.

The high in the Himalayas part anyway.

monk himalayas

I had read Sir Edmund Hillary’s book “View from the Summit” which gave me a burning desire to learn more about this far away place.    I researched, as best you could in the early 60’s, the Dali Lama and Tibet.  I even managed to get through the , “Tibetan Book of the Dead” and that got me interested in Eastern religions and philosophies.   Shortly after I decided I would practice Buddhism and learn to Meditate.

Meditation was hard for me as I had no one to guide me through the steps and for years I blundered through thinking I was doing it right.  Not always.  Finally I sorted it out and learned how to clear my mind.   In that time I learned that there are many levels to meditation and not all of them relate to oneself all of the time, if ever.  If you become a monk and spend your days studying scripture in the Pali Language you may aspire to reach enlightenment, for the rest of us probably not.  It may not have anything to do at all with religion.

Meditation is great for slowing your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure, stress relief, pain management and a whole lot of things you don’t think of like depression and anxiety.  Meditation can make you happier,  helps you focus and lets you sleep better.

My Monk friend Ven Santi Sisombath, from the Lao Canadian Buddhist Temple in Aldergrove, and I have talked about problems during meditation and we have similar ideas on clearing the mind during meditation.  He leads Meditation Weekend Retreats at the Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Center near Cultis lake

We offer one on one guided meditation to help you on your way to whatever is your goal.

  • lowering risks for obesity and overeating
  • reducing body and headache pain
  • helping you fall asleep and improving sleep quality
  • helping people recover from chronic illnesses, like cancer and heart disease
  • lowering inflammation and building a stronger immune system
  • improving decision-making and communicating
  • boosting productivity at work
  • increasing positive feelings, including happiness, calm, peace and Compassion
  • fighting depression and anxiety
  • lowering cortisol levels
  • improving memory, focus and mental performance

If you are interested in learning or expanding your Meditative abilities  call us for a consultation and a Guided Meditation Session

By Marty Menzies
Alternate therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your physician



What is the meaning of Lanna Thai?

We don’t get asked often as most people just think Lanna is the name of the owner thus Lanna Thai Massage This is not even close. Although Lak being a typical Thai won’t correct anyone who calls her Lanna feeling it impolite to correct your customers.

So here is a bit of a Thai History lesson you may find interesting.

King Mangrai, in the early 1200’s, developed a unified kingdom and allied with the neighboring Phayao Kingdom. Phayao is where Lak is from. King Mangrai and his second son, Grama, expanded the kingdom into what is modern Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai Phayao Nan and some areas of modern day Myanmar and Laos.

This became known as Lan Na or the Lanna Kingdom which translated from ancient Pai, an off shoot of Sanskrit, into “Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields” and also known as LannaThai. from the 13th to 18th centuries Lannathai was considered, along with Burma, Tibet, Cambodia, Laos, Champa (Southern Vietnam), Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. With this brought Indian influences in Medicine, Yoga and healing.

The Northern Thai people, or Tai Yuan, were known as the “people of the (cultivated) land” and are the majority population of eight provinces in northern Thailand, principally in the area of the former kingdom of Lanna. They have their own language of Northern Thai which they share with large areas of Laos. Although the Central Thai is the official language of Thailand Northern Thai is very commonly spoken in homes and markets. As soon as anyone realizes you speak Northern the conversation goes into that dialect. Northern Thai (Lanna, Kam Meuang, or Thai Yuan), is spoken by over 6 million in the formerly independent kingdom of Lanna (Chiang Mai).

So there you have it Lanna Thai is a region, a people, a language and a meaning. The Lanna Thai in our name refers to the region of Thai massage and the authentic northern-style also known as Buntautuk style or Old Medicine Hospital.

Some people claim there are two styles in Thailand: Northern style and Southern. But there are many differing styles of Thai massage all based around a central core idea but distinctly different, if you know them well, and often intermingled and mixed together depending on the masseuse and the client. You may be on the beach in Koh Samui but you may be getting a massage learned in the North, South, Issan or Bangkok.

At Lanna Thai we use only Northern Thai massage which is tailored to each individual client.

BTW – in Thailand everyone has a name and a nickname often kids go through their entire school life not knowing their friend’s name. Lakkhana’s nickname is “Goy” but in Canada we just call her Lak or Luk.

Done and Dusted at the Grand Forks Fall Fair

The Fall Fair is finished for this year and it was interesting.

We wanted to introduce our new business to the community and from that point it worked well.

Lak  did short 10 minute Head, Neck and Shoulder massage for $5 for 10 minutes.  By the end of the first day (8 hours) here arms were almost numb from all the work.  There were times we had a lineup of 3-4 people waiting.  Day two we changed the system and Aran setup a schedule and gave people times.  That system worked well and Lak had a chance to rest and even got lunch.

We also had a chance to introduce our Sound Therapy and it was surprising how many people were very knowledgeable about sound and vibration and it’s relationship to ones health.

She also sold some of her cross stitch cards and a few of our Thai Herbal balls that we import from Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We also met a lot of really nice people from all over the country.  The first day was a bit smoky from all the fires in BC and the US but it rained in the afternoon for a short while and that cleared the air.  The second day it was dry the air was clear and the sun was out which was a welcome change from our weeks of smoke.

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Grand Forks Fall Fair

We will have a booth at the Grand Forks Fall Fair.  Come say Hi and we can answer all your questions about Thai Massage and Sound Therapy.  Lak will be doing  Head, Neck and Shoulder massage as well.

See you there Saturday and Sunday.