If a morning at the Spa at The Royal Sands or The Royal Haciendas is part of your recipe for relaxation in the Mexican Caribbean then be sure to try the new Thai Samunprai or Hot Poultice massage on your next trip to Cancun or the Riviera Maya. This timeless Thai therapy alleviates muscle pain and soothes the spirit with the fragrance of fresh herbs.

Legend has it that as far back as the 14th century, Siamese soldiers in the service of the royal army were treated with hot poultice massages to help relax their minds and bodies after returning from battle. The Thai name Samunprai means “warrior’s peace” and the therapy certainly works wonders on tense and aching muscles.

Cloth bags filled with medicinal herbs including mint, chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and camphor salts are heated with steam and applied to the body as a poultice, also known as a Pindas or compress. The heat opens the skin’s pores and transmits warmth deep into the muscles, giving relief and a comforting sensation. As you inhale and begin to breathe deeply, the fragrance of the herbs clears the head, restoring balance and a feeling of wellbeing.

The poultice is combined with gentle stretching and a massage with lavender oil to eradicate tension and muscle pain.

Book this 90-minute massage and a variety of other Spa therapies by contacting spa@royalresorts.com