ayurvedic & is Ayurvedic MassageAyurvedic massage provides deep relaxation and expels toxins out. Deeply rooted physical and mental imbalances in the system can be overcome, restoring harmony and functional integrity. It helps remove energies that store past tensions and emotional problems in the body. It uses the warmth created by rubbing and steam, and the therapeutic properties of oils and herbs to stimulate the flow of energy in the body, releasing stagnation and obstructions to the balanced flow of the blood. A range of strokes and techniques will be used depending on the nature of the energy being worked on.  It uses a system of trigger points to release tension and improve the flow of lymph, blood and circulation in the body. Depending on the purpose of the treatment, the massage will often be brought to a close by an invigorating wash or scrub with a herbal preparation.

Abhyanga is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic oil massage therapy for healing and detoxifying Body, Mind and Spirit. This ayurvedic detox and stress reduction therapy is performed by herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type.

Here are some of the benefits traditionally associated with regular performance of this pleasant daily ritual:

  • Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
  • Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
  • Calming for the nerves
  • Lubrication of the joints
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Improved elimination of impurities from the body
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Increased levels of stamina through the day
  • Better, deeper sleep at night

Ayurvedic medicine considers the interaction and balance of mind, body and spirit from the internal power of the individual and seeks, through massage, a general good feeling.

An ayurvedic massage serves not only to relieve pain but especially as preventive medicine increasing circulation, stimulating and strengthening the lymphatic system, and opening the flow of life force in order to cleanse and revitalize the body. In addition, essential oils used in Ayurvedic massages are very nourishing and detoxifying, helping to prevent aging and leaving the skin soft and shiny. On the other hand, Ayurvedic massages provide other benefits as symptomatic relief of stress and the generation of positive emotions to make us feel better both physical and mentally.

Types of Ayurvedic Massage –

  • Pizhichil
    This massage involves the pouring of warm oil from aKindi (a special type of vessel) placed several inches above the body while a masseuse performs the massage. Since this massage works to balance out Vata Dosha, the medicated oil used depends on the patient’s condition. The heat from the oil causes perspiration which is required to balance Vata Dosha. This massage type is good for those suffering from stiffness in the body, fractures, paralysis, paraplegia, monoplegia, and hemiplegia.
  • Njavarkijhi

           This is a special type of massage meant to increase perspiration in the body. This is                generally a style practiced in Kerala whereby after applying the medicated oil,                          pressurized massage is given with the help of small cotton ‘blouses’ filled with a                    special type of cooked rice called Njavara. During the massage, these blouses are                    dipped in cow’s milk and a special herbal paste and applied to produce sweat. This is            not only great for the skin but is also a very de-stressing and revitalizing massage.

  • Shirodhara

This is a type of head massage whereby stimulation of the nerves in the scalp is done            by pouring medicated or herbal oil on the head in a constant stream or ‘dhara’. It                    relieves mental fatigue, increases focus and clarity and alleviates headaches.

  • Ubtaan and Elakijhi

These involve the use of various herbal or animal centric materials to create a skin                  and beauty solution. This type of treatment vitalizes the skin, improves the skin                    texture, nourishes the body, improves circulation as well as improves upon the                        external beauty.

  • Abhyangam

It is a full body hot oil massage with medicated herbal oil in the dosha according to                 the medical condition of the patient. Care is taken to ensure that a comfortably warm           temperature is maintained in the room. With the help of motion, pressure points and          ways of applying pressure, different energy centers are stimulated to assist the body              in releasing deep seated toxins as well as improve the blood circulation in the body.             The joints, muscles and bones are also strengthened with this massage. In the olden             days, this was done daily before bathing. The body would thus be ‘awakened’ and                   vitalized before the start of the day.

  • Udvartana

The Udvartana massage is aimed to increase blood circulation and release toxins from            the body. It is a wonderful treatment for those who wish to control their cholesterol              level, lose weight, improve their skin complexion or have an excess of Kapha Dosha. In          this, herbal paste or dried herbal powders are applied opposite to the hairgrowth i.e.            in an upward direction. This breaks down the Kapha and the adipose tissues in the                  body.

  • Garshana

The Garshana massage involves no oil or herbal powders. It is a process of stimulating           the body using raw silk gloves only and without the application of any lubricant.                     Light and vigorous movements form a part of this massage which seeks to eliminate            toxins from the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. The vigorous massage also          helps the fat cells in the body to break down. On the surface level, there is exfoliation           of the dead cells and the skin is left looking clean and radiant. Since the body is                        invigorated after this dry massage, the application of oil and doing Abhyangam post              this will give greater benefits. This is because the pores are opened and so the                         absorption of massage oils will be significantly higher. 


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