Ayurvedic massage traditional massage technique naive to the Indian subcontinent. The principles of the technique originate from Ayurveda, ancient Indian system. According to its teachings all forms of life are composed of three elements: vata, pitta and kapha, which correspond to our elements: water, fire and earth. Dosha is an element unique to every being, and we should observe it in our lifestyle, by eating certain foods and practicing certain exercise.
Ayurvedic massage uses essential oils appropriate for the patient’s dosha. The most commonly used is sesame seed oil. It contains important fatty acids, iron, magnesium, copper and calcium. All these ingredients are beneficial for the skin and nervous cells. Every oil used in this massage therapy is warmed up to body temperature; this is when it is best absorbed by the skin. Commonly used techniques are: patting, kneading and pressing. Intensity and type of massage depend on the patient’s dosha.
Basics You should not overeat or drink alcohol before the massage session. You should be able to rest for 2 hours after the session. What you should know? Because everyone’s dosha is different, massage therapist will ask a couple of questions. Depending on the given information, they will be able to decide which oil to use and how intense the massage therapy should be. Essential oils are used during the therapy, so you need to be aware that it will get into your hair. It would be bet to have comfortable clothing, that you do not mind getting stained. After an hour long session it is advisable to use sauna, or relax under the cover of warm towels to increase oil’s absorption.
Considerations: Ayurvedic massage should not be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding Types of ayurvedic massage:
- Indian head massage, stimulates hair growth
- Abhyanga, most commonly ayurvedic technique
- Vishesh; deep tissue massage with use of essential oils
- Pizichili: massage performed by two massage therapists
- Ayurvedic feet massage: massage therapist uses their legs, after the session it advisable for the patient to rest for at least two hours
- Udwarthanam: technique combining slimming program with deep tissue
- Shirodhara: massaging by pouring oils on the body
- Ayurvedic face massage: therapy using herbal facial mask and custom made oils
What does it do:
- Boosts immune system • Improves ventilation
- Nourishes skin, making it look better
- Relaxes muscles
- Improves concentration
- Energises • Reduces stress levels
- Supports detox
- Prevents depression