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We delivered an introduction to Ayurveda Science in our last blog article.
This one is an extension to the previous article and showcases the types of Ayurveda Massages, their meaning, benefits and process involved. This article helps you to choose and understand Ayurveda Massages. No doubt these massages are better than any other form of wellness or rejuvenation massages available today. World’s top massage therapy centers are situated in Kerala, India is known for top Ayurveda retreat or Ayurveda yoga retreat.
Some key benefits of these massages together are anti-aging, smoothing the skin, deep relaxation, cure to many diseases, anti-stress & anti-depression, rejuvenation, detoxification of the body, better sleeping patterns, calming the nervous system and breathing, improving blood circulation & organs health, lubrication of joints, and increasing stamina & immunity.
Here are Top 10 Ayurvedic Massages-
- Abhyanga – the oil massage
This one massage therapy is known as part of Dincharya(daily practice, suggested to get it done daily).
A large amount of oil is used in this massages pre-mixed with herbs suitable to your body as per the Doshas. The pressure of this Massages and herbs used depends on individuals Dosha, recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. It is one of the most relaxing massages used in freeing body moments and body muscles stiffness
Key benefits are anti-aging, feel healthy emotionally & physically, improve skin problems and relaxation.
- Shirodhara – Shira(head) Dhara(stream)
This therapy involves gentling pouring at least 2 liters of lukewarm oil/liquids on the forehead by Ayurveda experts in different patterns.
The liquid poured on the head depends on the Dosha and what exactly is treated to the body. This includes herbal oil, water, buttermilk, milk. This massage relaxes the Hypothalamus of your brain.
The key benefit of this massage includes: regulates sound sleep, remove stress, remove anxiety & fear, nourishing hair & scalp, improving memory power, eye diseases, neurological disorders, tinnitus, cure of vertigo & insomnia.
It is safe and relaxing massages but should be given by Ayurveda experts only, since it has many forms and the liquid should be prevented to go inside eyes and nose.
- Udvartana – the Ubtan scrubbing and cleansing
This therapy is done by rubbing Ubtan, a herbal Ayurvedic paste by 2 therapists on your body.
Only Ubtan is used here in this massages, which is made by some grains, herbal oils, and some Ayurvedic Indian herbs. This can be done by 2 ways by dry herbs or some liquid herbs.
It is best suited for people with Kapha Dosha.
key benefit of this massage includes: fighting obesity(even if it is since birth), Diabetic neuropathy, muscular weakness, paralysis, cerebral palsy, neuron disorder and removing dead/decayed cells from your skin.
- Njavarakijhi – the rice-bag therapy of Kerala
This is a unique therapy done by perception, sweat-inducing massages therapy.
It is done by my Ayurvedic specialist of Kerala since it’s ingredients are homegrown in Kerala.
Special types of rice, njavara from Kerala are mixed some Ayurvedic herbs are kept in a muslin bag, which is dipped in warm milk with some herbs are applied to the body. Later after sweat treatment, the rice paste and formation on body parts is removed via some water + coconut leaves.
Key benefits are: rejuvenation, muscle strength, fighting various disease including backaches, arthritis, and many more
- Pizhichil – the Royal Kindi Massage
This therapy is done by trained Ayurveda therapist using kindi, a special vessel which is used to pour herbal oil and fluid from some minute distance from the body is some regular oscillations. This is done for 60-90 minutes regularly for 7-21 days.
It is the bliss of the oil and heat used in this massage which has various beautiful benefits mentioned below.
Key benefits are – boast immunity, increased muscle strength, lower stress level, regulates blood circulation, fighting various diseases like paralysis, asthma, tuberculosis, arthritis and rheumatic diseases
- Garshana – the friction or dry therapy
Best suited for people with Kapha Dosha. This massage is done by Ayurveda specialist using raw silk gloves without any oil or fluids. These special gloves are rubbed over body muscle & bones in different oscillations over causing friction and heat.
Key benefits: removes ama- better digestion, open skin pores, deep relaxation, clarity in mind, feel refresh.
- Elakijhi – Ayurvedic leaf bag massage
Ela meaning leaves and Kijhi meaning bag. It is a similar massage like Njavarakizhi, the difference is rather than rice, herbal leaves (with some great Ayurvedic effects) are tied in a bag, dipped in warm oils/milk and applied to different parts of the body in some fixed patterns.
Key benefits: relief from long-term injuries, arthritis, sports injuries, joint pains, improve muscle pains, improving blood circulation, and anti-aging
- Tharpanam – The Eye therapy
This is therapy done by forming a hollow pit around eyes using a gram paste. These hollow pits are filed by medicated oil/ghee.
Key benefits: removes dryness of eyes, reduce eye pain, strong eye muscles and helps in fighting various eye disease.
- Kati Vasti – The back Therapy
This therapy is best for lower back and spine. It is done by the formation of the hollow pit using gram paste on the lower back and filled with warm medicated oil or ghee.
Keep benefits include: strengthening back muscle, fighting disease like slip disc, increasing spinal blood circulation, relaxation from lower back and spine pain.
- Janu Vasti – The knee Therapy
This therapy is especially for knees. Similar to Kati vasti is done by a formation of hollow pit using gram paste on the knees and filled with warm medicated oil or ghee.
Key benefits include: relief from joint pain, fighting various knee joints disease & strengthening knee joints.
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