Origins:

Origins and benefits of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Massage is based on ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda and pressure points, designed to heal the body and create a balance between mind, body, and spirit. The word is a Sanskrit compound: ayu, meaning “life,” and veda, meaning “knowledge.” Sometimes translated as “science of life,” Ayurveda lays out a complete mind-body prescription for healthy living that includes a dietetic regimen and a body of herbal healing techniques. Many of the dietary guidelines—say, for example, eating freshly prepared organic foods and varying the diet by including six different tastes—dovetail with modern nutritional thinking.

Ayurvedic massage is a customized treatment, incorporating essential oils, typically herbal-infused, with time-honored and non-traditional strokes and kneading that suit each individual’s needs. Movement flow can be quick or drawn out, depending upon the person; some spas provide two therapists working on one guest simultaneously.

WHILE many health fads come and go, Ayurveda has stood the test of time for thousands of years.

 

Background Basics
When you get right down to it, balance is the keystone of Ayurveda. The philosophy holds that there are three basic constitutions, or doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—that make up our physical, mental, and emotional selves. One dosha usually dominates, but ideally the three exist in harmony. That’s the healthy state. When the doshas get out of balance, illness can result. According to believers, Ayurveda’s lifestyle guidelines keep the doshas in equilibrium and the herbal remedies and proper diet realign them. It’s an approach that’s remarkably in line with current thinking about healthy living, as well as increasing scientific evidence that the mind and body interact to maintain health and fight disease. Because Ayurveda concentrates on wellness, it picks up another contemporary tailwind—skepticism toward and frustration with Western medicine.

 

There are different types of Ayurvedic massage treatments as follows-
1. Abhyanga
It includes a full body massage with medicated hot herbal oils in the dosha as per patient’s medical condition. Pressure is applied in different ways to the pressure points which stimulates different energy centers. It helps the body in getting rid of deep seated toxins and improves the blood circulation of the body as well.

Abhyanga Massage

BENEFITS
• Calms the nerves
• This massage strengthens muscles, joints,and bones.
• Nourishes the entire body
• Increases circulation
• Assists in elimination of impurities and toxins from the body
• Benefits sleep—better, deeper sleep
• Increases stamina

2. Pizhichil
The special kind of vessel named Kindi is used to put the warm massage oil in this type of massage. This vessel is positioned quite a few inches above the body of the person who is taking a massage. It totally depends on the patient’s health state as to which medicated oil is to be used. The oil and the massage basically generate heat which causes perspiration that is needed to Vata Dosha stability.

BENEFITS
• It helps in removing pain and arduousness in the joints.
• It improves digestion.
• It helps to improve neurological conditions, especially paralysis, including paraplegia, hemiplegia, and monoplegia.
• It is suitable for people who are suffering from painful conditions and injuries.

3. Udvartana
It is an ayurvedic powder massage in which herbal powders are used. The drying nature of herbal powders in the massage helps to dry Kapha, which is heavy and moist.

Udvartana Massage

BENEFITS
• Ithelps in boosting blood circulation and removing toxins.
• It helps in weight loss and removal of excess Kapha Dosha in the body.
• It improves muscle tone.
• It deeply exfoliates the skin.
• It also gives mobility to the joints.

4. Garshana
This massage does not involve oil or herbal powders. It does not require any lubricant. It uses raw silk gloves for stimulating the body.

BENEFITS
• It stimulates lymphatic system which eliminates the toxins.
• It breaks down the fat cells in the body.
• It exfoliates the skin and makes it clean and glowing.

5. Shirodhara
This is a kind of skull massage wherein a constant stream or ‘dhara’ of herbal or medicated oil is poured on the scalp in order to stimulate the nerves in the head.Shirodhara

BENEFITS

• It removes headaches.
• It enhances clarity and focus.
• It dismisses mental fatigue.

Ayurveda works to achieve balance and symmetry in the body by realigning the chakras and qi.

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