Thai herbal ball massage

This is a herbal massage using muslin cloth that are filled with special blends of therapeutic herbs.

This is a very popular massage in Thailand and we use the same techniques. The balls we import from Thailand as well as make our own from local herbs.
The muslin cloth is steamed so that the healing and soothing properties of the herbs are intensified. This herbal ball is then used with warm oil rubbed onto the body. It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.


The Thai Herbal Ball compress technique offers several potential health benefits:  The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, even skin conditions, migraines and chronic stress or anxiety.  The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost.

The benefits from the Thai herbal Ball Massage can be attributed to the herbs used for making the herbal ball. As the herbal ball is heated before the massage, it helps radiate heat dilating the blood vessels in the body increasing the amount of blood and oxygen circulating. The body’s muscles and organs work more efficiently as increased oxygen is available.

Manaia Spa Herbal Balls are imported from Thailand.The herbs in the compress possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant some of the ingredients are listed below

Ginger is an extremely beneficial herb for treating various digestive disorders as well as allergies. Ginger also has antibacterial qualities and is used to improve the quality of the skin and treat skin ailments or bacterial infections. Using this herbal press on and around the abdominal area can also help relief of various digestive disorders.

Lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves are used largely because of their fragrant properties. Both are citrus-scented and are used for their immunity-boosting properties. For those who are suffering from common cold or flu, both lemongrass and kaffir lime can work wonders.

The leaves and bark of shikakai are great for improving the texture and firmness of the skin and are also extensively used in hair care. For improving the skin and treating any skin infections or lesions.

Turmeric helps heal skin lesions or bacterial infections. It also helps keep the skin looking fairer and younger.

Locally grown fresh herbs and leaves are also made into massage balls a favourite being Lavender for its relaxing properties and Kawakawa leaves which have a history in traditional Maori healing.

Acu Therapeutic Bed

This bed is designed ergonomically to give a soothing yet powerful massage. Pressure rollers move three dimensionally over the large muscle groups concentrating on the body’s Tsubo pressure points on the meridian lines.

There are 365 Tsubo pressure points(also called acupressure and acupuncture points) these are “energy hotspots” where energy collects.

Meridians are undetectable to the naked eye, they influence every organ and physiological system in the body. Meridians carry energy throughout the body, similar to the way arteries carry blood. This energy is often referred to as chi, qi or prana.

Through the flow of energy, meridians bring balance to the body. They remove energetic blocks, excesses and imbalances, regulate metabolism and support cellular health, their flow is as important as the flow of blood.

Warm Wax Treatments

Wax therapy is one of the most effective ways of applying heat to the small muscle of the hands and feet. The heat from the wax penetrates the joints in combination with moisturising to give a healthy and soft skin.

A wax spa takes advantage of the ingredients heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as wax goes through a phase change. As it melts in the bath, the wax becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. The wax is intended to completely cover the hands or feet and when they are dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the wax that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes and solidifies into a comforting wax coating. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion. The hands/feet are then enclosed in warm towels for 10-15 minutes to take full benefit of this heat.

This gentle treatment is used

  • to soothe chronic arthritis joint pain
  • to relax stiff muscles
  • prior to a therapeutic massage
  • prior to therapeutic exercise
  • during physical and occupational therapy
  • to increase range of motion
  • to relieve dryness from repeated hand-washing
  • for tired, overworked hands
  • for very dry skin
  • for salon manicures and pedicures
  • in spas as part of a spa package

Other Manaia Spa Options

  • Hand massage 
  • Foot massage
  • Head and scalp massage
  • Face and neck massage
  • Neck, shoulder and back massages
  • Facial steam and cleanse


30 minutes – $40
45 minutes – $60

1 hour – $80

Special time out package :
A combination of at least three different treatments – $95
Please allow 1 hour and 15 minutes