In Ayurveda, the belief is that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. So, Ayurvedic medicine focus in promotes good health, and not fighting disease. That’s why the treatments may be recommended for specific health problems and individually prescribed.
Today in India, the practitioners of Ayurveda know how to work with muscles, joints, and bones. And Ayurvedic doctors developed a special system of their own that contained the knowledge of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Then, they give the traditional Ayurvedic massage passing through their hands all the knowledge of Ayurveda.
So, with Prakriti, know how your body works to keep you healthy and your unique physical and psychological characteristics combine to form your body’s constitution. And, for Ayurveda, Prakriti stays the same for your entire life. But, the way you digest food and drop waste can influence it.
The elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, receiving the name of Doshas. These doshas control how your body works and these are Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha. These traditional Indian massage techniques improve the ayurvedic doshas and marmas. And the Marmas are the pressure points like in reflexology. With Ayurvedic massage and an Ayurvedic diet, these doshas receive treatments.
The Ayurvedic massage forms part of a more comprehensive Ayurveda study and sometimes is merely undertaken for the sheer pleasure of a deeply relaxing, indulgent body massage. But, this type of therapy, is not only about the hands but also the use of the oil. Our body loves to have skin-soothing by oil, which is why oils take part in Ayurvedic therapy.
The Ayurvedic massage becomes a sublime art, and yet it is still unheard of by many. But, combining skilled knowledge of the body with knowledge of oils, music, and bodywork techniques has resulted in a profound art for balancing the body and mind through the medium of oil massage.
Body Massage Tools & Equipment
In ayurvedic massage, the tables are rarely used. Instead of using a massage table, the massage practitioners create a massage mat, usually by placing a reed mat upon an Indian-style futon, a cotton mattress. The massage mat made of reeds prevents oil from dripping upon the futon below. A massage cushion is also rare as an instrument because the head doesn’t have anything supporting it. Massage chairs can be used for massages given in the sitting position, like shoulders, arms, and head.
Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage
With normal Ayurvedic massage, patients can improve eyesight, nourish the bodily tissues, increase longevity, normalize sleep, increase flexibility and sturdiness, about maintaining good health in general. Also, during the Ayurvedic massage is common to see the oil massage treatment.
And, apply the therapeutic oils in the Ayurvedic massage to patients every day. So, the reasons can be many, like promoting positive health, overcoming fatigue, and strengthening the nervous system. And, an extra benefit is the potency of the herb-infused oils used. These enhance the process of purification and regeneration, like Panchakarma.
But, These are the Specific Benefits of the Ayurvedic Massage:1. Ease doshas, pain, and stiffness. 2. Helps the body get rid of wastes and toxins, thus leaving the body rejuvenated. 3. Specifically useful in relieving pain, stiffness, and numbness. 4. Prevent ageing. 5. Improve the skin by adding shine and lustre. 6. Reduce body weight.
Using the herbal oils of 75 different species increases the therapeutic effect immeasurably. And, the oils have been scientifically proven to have anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties Also, the Ayurveda text Charaka Samhita indicates that these oils strengthen metabolic fires.
Besides, purifies the intestines, removes toxins from the tissues, rejuvenates the body, prevents ageing, and gives the user a lifespan of 100 years. So, the experience of patients confirms that these massage techniques give relaxation, circulation, and elimination of toxins.
Ayurvedic Massage for Weddings
Ayurvedic massage is one of the few ceremonial wedding traditions that is used even today. And, massage techniques can also help to keep up a loving relationship between husband and wife. After this kind of soothing relaxation, it is easier to share and give love.
1. Pizhichil Massage
This is a herbal oil bath and with it, the body is in continuous streams while gently massaged by therapists. And, this type of massage is extremely soothing and relaxing and helps in toning, strengthening & deeply rejuvenating the body.
2. Udwarthanam Massage
Is known as the Powder Massage and it’s applied with herbal powders. In this massage, the body has a powder layer and the therapists exfoliate the skin and cleanse it thoroughly. Besides being used by bridals, this therapy is effective in conditioning the skin, removing cellulite, revitalizing the sense of touch, and removing stagnant toxins from the body.
3. Shiro Abhyangam
This Head Massage uses Ayurvedic oils on the hair and scalp. Also, works to stop dandruff, hair fall, hair breakage, premature greying, and dryness. And, this massage restores the glow, shine, and thickness of the hair. It also increases and revitalizes the growth of hair, perfect for bridals.
Another Kind of massage
A massage can be performed over the entire body or specifically affected body parts like the hands, the feet, the back, the face and the head.
4. Pizhichil or Thaila Dhara Massage
Pizhichil is a combination of two classical Ayurvedic Treatments. Snehana is a herbal oil therapy, and Swedana is a perspiration therapy. These represent the essential in the maintenance and restoration of good health. In this treatment, the body is immersed in streams of lukewarm herbal oils and applied in synchrony by two highly skilled masseuses.
This treatment heats the skin mildly and draws impurities to the surface leaving one feeling peaceful, calm, and relaxed. It is great for boosting immunity and treating rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, neurological disorders, and high blood pressure. It also helps to slow down the ageing process.
Abhyangam is a Full Body massage that includes Ayurvedic warm oils during the treatment. Last 45 minutes and follows the natural movement of Vata dosha. This Ayurvedic massage aims to restore balance and well-being. It is traditionally performed by two masseurs working on both sides of the body in a series of synchronized movements.
The number of strokes, depth, and speed used is tailored to the condition of the body. This treatment benefits the body physically, mentally, and emotionally while balancing the Doshas. Stimulates a rhythmic motion that relieves rheumatic and arthritic joint and muscle stiffness, increases blood circulation, and encourages quick elimination of toxins or metabolic wastes. And, provides relief from anxiety, fatigue, backaches, and injuries.
The massage techniques promote deep penetration of the oils into the tissues to loosen toxins. This, increase the suppleness of the skin and body, remove fatigue and promote strength. According to classical texts, this massage is recommended daily to prevent the ageing and degeneration process.
6. Mukha and Shiro Abhyangam
The combination of face and head massage lasts 30 minutes. It covers the shoulders, face, scalp, and upper back touches with Ayurvedic oils. Also, stimulates the vital energy points, provides relief to the sensory organs, and promotes a feeling of relaxation. Besides, this is part of an effective Ayurveda for Hair Loss Treatment.
7. Pada-Abhyangam and Hasta-Abhyangam
It applies to our extremities that bear the brunt of the daily commute and work, and this massage is just the thing to get you on your feet again. Also, with the hands, the Ayurvedic Doctor can do a Pulse Reading and with this, determine which hand massage you may need. The hands and feet have several nerve endings and thus, this massage improves blood circulation, relaxes and strengthens limbs, and leaves you feeling reinvigorated.
8. Greeva-Hasta Abhyangam Massage
Desk jobs, long working hours, and incorrect sitting posture tend to build up stress in the neck region. This vigorous neck and hand massage use warm herbal oil that helps relieve the fatigue and tension in these regions. This is done by increasing blood circulation during the massage. It helps relax the tension, restoring flexibility and removing stiffness. The massage on the pressure points leaves you feeling strengthened and reinvigorated.
9. Pristha Abhyangam
The daily stress and strain of modern-day lifestyle take a huge toll on our bodies resulting in problems of the back. This massage with herbal oil helps stimulate the nerves and increase blood circulation to the region. Also, it relieves stiffness and relaxes the muscles in the area. Besides, helps to strengthen the spinal musculature making it strong and sturdy.
10. Kizhis Massages
Kizhi is an Ayurvedic treatment with warm poultices full of herbal oils, powders or medical concoctions use over the body. The natural healing herbs are combined into muslin cloth to form boluses. To massage the body or specific parts, the warm poultice makes the patient sweat. So, the entire body or specific parts sweat as a result of the application of the herbs.
11. Navarakizhi Massage
This Herbal Rice Bolus Massage involves cooked medicinal rice called Njavara, blended with milk and herbs, tied in a muslin cloth bundle, and applied all over the body rhythmically. Also, the duration is 75 minutes and is a unique treatment that prepares you well for the stresses and strains of busy modern life. And, this treatment tones the muscles and is nourishing and rejuvenating.
12. Elakizhi Massage (Pathrapotala Swedana)
The Herbal Poultice Massage uses leaves and herbs of suitable choice, for the specific body type. Then, fry the leaves and herbs in herbal oil and, later preparation as linen bundles for the massage of the entire body. Besides, this massage enhances blood circulation, thereby increasing perspiration and eliminating waste. It is effective in treating inflammatory conditions.
13. Podikizhi Massage (Choorna Swedana)
With Powder Poultice Massage, the Ayurvedic Massages specialist massages your entire body with herbal oil. But also, use small muslin bags of special herbal powders, relieving with this treatment the ‘Kapha-Vatha’ dominant conditions. In ancient times, ayurvedic clinics did not regularly offer massages.
And, at that time, the patients with special needs received a particular treatment from specialists. So each ayurvedic techniques apply to every single person differently. During our Ayurveda Retreats in Rishikesh, we often offer these massages, and during a personal consultation, you can receive personal and unique Ayurvedic massages for treating any condition or body state.
Maa Yoga Ashram is an ayurvedic treatment center in Rishikesh. The center also provides 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training In Rishikesh, 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training In Rishikesh and 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. It is 100 years old and helps people with a proper diet plan, therapies and exercises, our ayurvedic doctors will make your body good to go. Reducing excessive fat and making your body clean with the proper balance of energies within you is what our Ayurvedic practice is all about.
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