In Ayurveda, the belief is that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. So, Ayurvedic medicine focuses 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 unique system 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: 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 about the hands and the use of the oil. Our body loves skin soothing with oil, which is why oils take part in Ayurvedic therapy.
Ayurvedic massage has become a sublime art, yet it is still unheard of by many. But, combining professional 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 oil massage.
Ayurvedic Body Massage Tools & Equipment
In Ayurvedic massage, the tables are rarely used. Instead of 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 has nothing supporting it. Instead, massage chairs can be used for massages in sitting positions, like shoulders, arms, and head.
Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage
With usual 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:
- Ease doshas, pain, and stiffness.
- It helps the body get rid of wastes and toxins, thus leaving the body rejuvenated.
- Specifically helpful in relieving pain, stiffness, and numbness.
- Prevent aging.
- Improve the skin by adding shine and luster.
- 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, it purifies the intestines, removes toxins from the tissues, rejuvenates the body, prevents aging, and gives the user a lifespan of 100 years. So, patients’ experience confirms that these massage techniques provide relaxation, circulation, and elimination of toxins.
Ayurvedic Massage for Weddings
Ayurvedic massage is one of the few ceremonial wedding traditions used today. And massage techniques can also help keep 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; with it, the body is in continuous streams while gently massaged by therapists. And this type of massage is highly soothing and relaxing and helps in toning, strengthening & deeply rejuvenating the body.
2. Udwarthanam Massage
It 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. It also works to stop dandruff, hair fall, hair breakage, premature greying, and dryness. And this massage restores the hair’s glow, shine, and thickness. 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 lukewarm herbal oils and applied synchronously 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 excellent for boosting immunity and treating rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, neurological disorders, and high blood pressure. It also helps to slow down the aging 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 synchronized movements.
The number of strokes, depth, and speed are tailored to the body’s condition. 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 increases the suppleness of the skin and body, removes fatigue, and promotes strength. According to classical texts, this massage is recommended daily to prevent aging and degeneration.
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. It also stimulates 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 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. In addition, 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 back problems. 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, it helps to strengthen the spinal musculature making it solid and sturdy.
10. Kizhis Massages
Kizhi is an Ayurvedic treatment with warm poultices full of herbal oils, powders, or medical concoctions used over the body. The natural healing herbs are combined into muslin cloth to form boluses. The warm poultice makes the patient sweat to massage the body or specific parts. So, the entire body or particular parts sweat due to 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 it 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 prepare them as linen bundles to massage the entire body. Besides, this massage enhances blood circulation, increasing perspiration and eliminating waste. In addition, 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 the ‘Kapha-Vatha’ prevailing conditions with this treatment. In ancient times, ayurvedic clinics did not regularly offer massages.
In conclusion, Ayurvedic massage is a profound art that aims to balance the body and mind through the use of oils, music, and bodywork techniques. Ayurvedic massage treatments are individually prescribed and can be recommended for specific health problems. The massage techniques help improve the Ayurvedic doshas and marmas, promoting relaxation, circulation, and the elimination of toxins.
And at that time, 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. During a personal consultation, you can receive individual and unique Ayurvedic massages for treating any condition or body state. So join us and discover the blissful path of Ayurvedic massage today!
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