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Ayurvedic Massages That Are Sure To Help You Relax, Rejuvenate And Come Alive

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Learn About These 10 Ayurvedic Massages That Are Sure To Help You Relax, Rejuvenate And Come Alive

 

Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas, by Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, as per Hindu mythology. It means the knowledge of life for holistic healing. It is thousands of years old, but plays a vital role in wellness in today’s world. Ayurvedic massages are an integral part of the world of Ayurveda with positive effects like relaxation, de-stress, curative, and rejuvenation. This Indian style of massage finds its roots in Kerala and is based on the combinations of Kalarimarma (kind of acupuncture), Sidhamarma (massage) and Ayurveda.

 

Ayurvedic Massage

In recent times, one can see Ayurvedic massage centres have found their way out of Kerala, and are mushrooming in cities all over India. While there are innumerable massages and therapies available, here is a guide to some of the most famous massages and treatments along with the health benefits that they render.

 

Health Rejuvenation Treatment

 

The rejuvenation Ayurvedic massages are just that; they rejuvenate you, make you feel better and vital. Here is a list of massages that can leave you feeling healthy and cheerful.

 

1. Abhyangam

 

This is a full body massage where two therapists give you a synchronized massage for 45 minutes with medicated oil. This therapy treats the whole body physically, emotionally, and mentally. A specific number of strokes are given in a rhythmic motion to 107 vital points in the body, which increases the blood circulation and encourages quick disposal of metabolic wastes. The massage is followed by an entire body steam bath for 15 minutes. The health benefits of this massage include: improves physical consistency and texture of the skin, enables sound sleep, gives relief from anxiety, fatigue, wrinkles and scales, and increases the general sense of well being.

 

2. Shirodhara

 

In this therapy, lukewarm medicated oil or medicated buttermilk known as Takradhara is poured in a steady stream for a specific period of time on the forehead followed by a gentle head massage. Shirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. It slows the ageing process, relieves stress and strain, improves memory, and is known to have a curative effect on insomnia, depression, and hyper-tension.

 

3. Vashpaswedanam (herbal-medicated steam bath)

 

Steam is created with special herbs boiled in water inside a special cabinet for this therapy. The therapy helps in opening the pores in the skin allowing it to breathe and thus purifying the body, and helps in getting rid of various toxins in the body through sweat. This therapy has the added benefit of removing extra body fat.

 

4. Shiroabhyanga

 

This therapy is a head massage concentrating on the energy points known as the “marmas” on the head, neck, arms, and shoulders. The senses are stimulated through rhythmic movements and pressure on the marmas. Shiroabhyanga bestows better vision, better hearing, clears the nasal passage, and relieves stress.

 

5. Mukhyabhyanga

 

This Ayurvedic facial uses aromatic oils and herbs to help increase energy flow. The facial is unique because the masseur concentrates on the marmas (energy points). This therapy helps in uplifting the skin on the face. It removes the fine lines and sagging features caused by ageing and tiredness.

 

6. Nethra Tharpanam

 

In this therapy, the eyes are treated with medicated ghee stored in a reservoir made of black gram paste. Nethra Tharpanam is beneficial in giving relief to irritated and stressed eyes. Perfect for working professionals who spend hours staring into computer screens. The cooling effect of this therapy relieves eye strain, improves eyesight, and gives relief from other eye related problems.

 

7. Pizhichil

 

This therapy can be described as the king of all massages. It is a combination of Snehana (oil massage) and Swedana (inducing sweat with the use of hot stones, herb or sand boluses.) ’Pizhichil’ means squeezing and involves warm medicated oil (4 to 5 litres) being squeezed over the body from a piece of cloth that is periodically dipped in a vessel. The whole body is subject to lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. Another method in this therapy is the Sarvangadhara, where medicated oil is poured all over the body from pitchers before a massage. This therapy protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity. It is perfect for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, sexual weakness, blood pressure, arrests degeneration of body cells, and helps in arresting the ageing process.

 

8. Njavara Kizhi

 

In this therapy, a massage is given with small cotton boluses filled with Njavara rice, after the application of the medicated oil. The rice is cooked in cow’s milk and a herbal decoction. The boluses are repeatedly dipped in the milk and the decoction while the massage is in progress. This induces sweat. Njavara Kizhi enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system, and improves the overall appearance of the skin.

 

9. Udwarthanam

 

This is a deep and dry massage with herbal powders. This massage stimulates hair follicles and subcutaneous fat tissues eventually breaking them down. This therapy reduces blood cholesterol levels, obesity, skin problems, strengthens muscles, and imparts mobility. It is extremely refreshing. A perfect choice if you are on the look out to slim down.

 

10. Panchakarma

 

This is basically an Ayurvedic detox which involves 5-steps of internal cleansing which is carried on over a period of 14-21 days. The steps include:

 

Vamana: After Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation), therapeutic vomiting is induced to cleanse the system.

 

Virechana: This step includes administering purgative medicine in milk or warm water after a session of massage.

 

Sneha Vasty: Enema is given to remove the body of toxins after a session of massage.

 

Kashaya Vasty: An herbal decoction is administered.

 

Panchakarma: This helps in relieving problems like asthma, dermatitis, heartburn, jaundice, gout, neurological ailments, flatulence, and paralysis.

 

So the next time you are in the mood to pamper yourself, go the natural way, head to an Ayurvedic Massage parlour and indulge. So here is to wishing you good health, now and always.

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