The Complete Book of Luk Pra Kob and Herbal Balls – Elefteria Mantzorou

*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Blurb: How about adding some fragrant, healing herbal steam in your massage treatments and in your home? You are in the right place!

Master the ancient, sacred art of Luk Pra Kob (Thai herbal compress) by the Thai Massage instructor Elefteria Mantzorou.

In this book you will find:

  • How to prepare beautiful herbal balls and poultices – four different methods of preparation included.
  • The properties of the medicinal herbs used in the compress, plus recipes with Thai and Western herbs.
  • Applications for professional and home use.
  • Protocols for health problems.
  • Amazing photographic material from Thailand.

Enhance your professional skills and take care of your friends and family with these fragrant allies – the wonderful herbal balls! 

Recommended for anyone who practices physical therapy and rehabilitation, cupping, manual therapy, yoga therapy, herbal medicine or aromatherapy, as well as similar health professions. It is an essential reading for massage therapists, spa managers and herbalists.

To paraphrase a certain advert, this book ‘does exactly what it says on the cover’!

It is indeed a comprehensive guide to every aspect of Luk Pra Kob – the Thai art of massage using herbal balls/compresses – and the herbal balls used for it. There are sections covering the properties of the most commonly used herbs; recipes for making the balls and step-by-step instructions on how to do it; instructions on how to heat them and how to use them in massage; massage techniques for different health issues and in different styles. There is even a section on foraging for the herbs.

Elefteria Mantzorou, the author, clearly has great expert knowledge and experience in the fields of herbology, massage and anatomy, and her instructions are clear and easy to follow. The book is suitable for home use or for a beginner who is looking to use these techniques professionally.

Well-laid out, with ‘Fun Fact’ boxes, bullet-point lists, and lots and lots of beautiful colour photographs from the author’s personal collection, this book is the ideal resource for anyone interested in learning Luk Pra Kob or even just learning more about herbal compresses more generally.

Making these balls is easy and cost-effective. Many of the herbs can be foraged, and those that are not
available in the wild, are cheap and readily available. Moreover, it takes very little time to prepare an herbal ball, and the process is not messy. You probably have already the tools needed (scissors and knife), and steamers are easy to find (and they are inexpensive!).

– Elefteria Mantzorou, The Complete Book of Luk Pra Kob & Herbal Balls



Find more from Elefteria Mantzorou at her website here, or follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Goodreads.

The Complete Book of Luk Pra Kob & Herbal Balls is available on Amazon right now!

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