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Ayurvedic Massages

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Ayurvedic massage has the power to blend pressure points with the 5,000-year-old Indian concepts and heritage of Ayurveda science also known as the science of life. This style of massage is intended to help the body recover itself by restoring an equilibrium of the mind, body, and soul. Because it often involves warm herbal essential oils, as well as time-honored and non-traditional strokes and kneading that suit an individual's demands, it's also referred to as an "oil massage."

Ayurvedic massage is quite different from other kinds of massage because of these factors:

1. Ayurvedic oils

Space, air, fire, water, and earth—the five elements inherent in all living things—are regarded as the building blocks of life in Ayurveda. Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and fire) are the three mind-body principles that exist within the body (water and earth). Everyone is born with a unique combination of the three doshas, albeit one is generally more dominant than the others. To manage one's bodily and emotional wellbeing, Ayurvedic practitioners balance the doshas.

Organic oil mixes are infused with Ayurvedic herbs and heated during an Ayurvedic massage to promote relaxation and cleansing. The essential oils are picked to bring a person's dominant dosha into equilibrium. These oils enter the body through the skin and pore at the correct temperature, bind to the ama (toxins), and then are released to cleanse the body.

2. Energy and intention

Ayurvedic therapists concentrate on cleaning the body's energy pathways, dislodging impurities, and balancing the chakras (energy centers).

3. Specific movements

An Ayurvedic massage's style and flow are influenced by the demands of the client. Massage methods such as tapping, kneading, and squeezing, as well as standard massage strokes, will be used by the massage therapist. Depending on a person's demands, movement flow might be swift or slow. The entire strategy improves lymphatic drainage and circulation. Some spas have two therapists working on the same client at the same time.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF AYURVEDIC MASSAGES TO RELAX THE MIND, BODY, AND SOUL

1. Abhyanga (abee-yan-ga)

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Abhyanga is a type of Ayurvedic massage that employs friction-based strokes and heated dosha-specific oils. The oil enters the tissues as it is rubbed into the skin, loosening pollutants at the cellular level. This type of massage improves circulation, strengthens the immune system, and induces profound relaxation in both the mind and body.

2. Pizhichil (Ayurvedic Oil Bath)

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Warm oil is poured from a special pitcher called Kindi, which is situated a few inches above the body, as part of this treatment. A masseuse massages the Vata Dosha while the oil relieves your nerves. This massage can help people with stiffness in their bodies, fractures, paralysis, paraplegia, monoplegia, and hemiplegia.


3. Odyssey Ayurvedic Massage Treatment

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This therapy uses five Ayurvedic approaches to focus on the complete system, including the mental, bodily, and energy levels. One or two massage therapists do the treatment. Garshana, a dry-glove exfoliation that initiates the detoxification process, stimulates the lymphatic system, and prepares the skin to absorb the oils, is the first step.

Then there's Abhyanga, which involves slathering the body in heated herbalized oil from head to toe and using friction strokes to drive the oil into the tissues to loosen and remove ama (toxins). Using gentle, deep, penetrating strokes to help you relax. Marma and chakra balancing with dosha-specific essential oils round out the procedure.


4. Vishesh

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Another rhythmic massage method is Vishesh. It elongates tight muscles, breaks up adhesions, and aids in the discharge of deep-seated impurities by using firm, steady strokes. Only a small amount of oil is utilized. Much of the surface oil is eliminated if it is followed by an Abhyanga massage. This provides for more friction on the skin as well as deeper access to the tissues. Some people report feeling light, fluid, and relaxed after receiving a Vishesh massage.


5. Njavarkijhi

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This massage is designed to increase the body's sweat rate. The use of medicinal oil followed by pressured massage is a component of Njavarkijhi, which is mostly done in Kerala. Small cotton blouses packed with a specific sort of cooked rice called Njavara are used to do the massage. To increase perspiration production, these blouses are dipped in cow's milk and a herbal paste is applied. This massage is good for the skin and helps to rejuvenate the senses.


6. Marma

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Marma points connect the body, mind, and emotions and are key life or energy points. To activate these energy spots, dosha-specific essential oils are blended with a mild, circular touch during a marma massage. Marma massage stimulates the body's own healing mechanism, manipulates subtle energy or prana, relaxes tense muscles, and improves circulation.

There is no better expression of self-love in Ayurveda than being anointed with heated oil from head to toe—or rubbing oneself with oil. It has the ability to nourish the body, restore dosha equilibrium, and promote one's well-being and lifespan. When performed by a skilled practitioner, Ayurvedic massage is usually regarded as safe and useful since it is tailored to an individual's wellness needs. If you're going to attempt it on yourself, be sure to choose a dosha-balancing oil that's right for you and read the self-Abhyanga guidelines first.

Wellness begins inside out and outside in!

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