Types of Ayurvedic Massage

Finding our bliss and blending ourselves with the deep aromatic mysteries of nature is what Ayurveda has always been about. The unmatched Ayurvedic massage vitality of the herbs and oils helps you find your inner peace which you’ve always been striving for.

Ayurveda, with all the divinity and serenity of the herbal oils, has been correcting the Dosha homeostasis in the body and restoring inner peace for more than 5000 years. The rich aromatic oils flowing down your head takes you beyond the stress and sorrows of the world, stopping the time completely.

The Panchakarma treatment uses herbal oils for massaging for correcting the Dosha equilibrium. Here are some of the massages used by an Ayurvedic treatment center to give patients a new life.

ShiroAbhyanga

Massaging with rich aromatic herbal oils specializing in correcting Doshas relieves you from all the stress and magically heals the imbalance in the vital energies in your body.

Shiro Abhyanga is a harmonized combination of two Ayurvedic processes- Shirodhara and Abhyanga. The gentle flow of hot fragrant herbal oils in Shirodhara poured on scalp, forehead, neck, and shoulders take you to a new world. The poured oil is then used to massage your body (Abhyanga) to let the oil penetrate and correct the imbalancesin your body.

The Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy uses more than 3000 different herbs and oils for curing and rejuvenating, depending upon you Dosha and body type. If the patient is predominantly Vata, then danvantaram oil is considered as the most effective oil. Oils like kshiraballa and asana manjishtadi thailam are used to treat Pitta patients. For the Kapha, Nirgundi oil, Surasadi oil, and Eladi thailam oils are considered the most effective resort.  

Benefits of Shirodhara Abhyanga

Shirodhara Abhiyanga, just like its name, is a stream of health benefits pouring onto your body. The therapy uses oil to a combination of more than 20 oils to cure the patient. Some of the health benefits which the rejuvenation therapy offers are listed below:   

  • Revives the sensory organs
  • Improves the eye-sight
  • Helps in overcoming insomnia
  • Effective for migraine headaches, spondylitis, ear-related diseases, etc.
  • Prana regulation  

Marma Chikitsa (Therapy)

“Mriyatae asmin iti marma”

(There is a likelihood of death when marma points are inflicted)

Marma points are the junctions where two or more types of tissues meet. The divinity of Sanskrit explains the importance of these points as any infliction in the marma points result in a high possibility of death or serious damage to the body.

According to Ayurveda, there are 107 marma points (brain being the 108th marma). Ayurveda describes these points as the doorways to the person’s mind and soul. The major marma points correspond to the seven chakras of our body, while minors correspond to our torso and limbs.

According to Ayurveda, these points constantly radiate vital energies. But when there is a blockage in the path, it leads to an imbalance in the functioning of your body. Thus, Ayurveda developed a special treatment, known as the Marma Chikitsa for opening the blockages in the marma points.

The Ayurvedic treatment centers, by giving physical and psychological relaxation, open the blockages in the vital energy-releasing channels known as soothes and helps in curing problems like neurological disorders, paralysis, arthritis, and many other health problems. 

Benefits of Marma Chikitsa

Marma Chikitsa, with gentle massages, helps in mental, physical, and spiritual healing. Confining the benefits of Marma Chikitsa into a list is nearly impossible. But still, some of the eminent health benefits offered by the marma chikista are as follows:     

  • Relieves from acute pain
  • Detoxification
  • Boost to immunity, digestion, respiration, etc.
  • Healthier skin
  • Restoration of Doshas homeostasis
  • Relief from insomnia 

Shiro Dhara

Using the serenity of aromatic oils and other liquids, Shiro Dhara is effective in relaxing your mind and restoring your inner peace. Rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda has proven results for mental diseases, ENT diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, migraine headaches, etc.

Shiro Dhara uses numerous fluids for treating Dosha disequilibrium in your body. Vata disorders are treated through herbal oils, while Pitta Dosha is corrected through milk, ghee, and coconut water. Patients with Kapha Dosha are treated using buttermilk, alcohol, and danyamalam.

Shiro Dhara is 35 minutes to 90 minutes process, where the patient is laid on a table and the practitioner pours the appropriate liquid through a vessel with a hole at the bottom, and massage is done from head to toe to relax the patient’s mind and body.

Takra Dhara

Just as the name suggests, Takra Dhara refers to massaging using medicated Takra (buttermilk). A stream of medicated buttermilk is poured on the patient’s body and then used for massaging (similar to Shiro Dhara).

Takra Dhara shows magical results in stress reduction, providing healthy glowing skin and hair, improving mental health, and boosting immunity. Pouring medicated buttermilk relaxes the hypothalamus, aligning the functions of the pituitary glands.

Takra Dhara is not advisable if the patient has chronic sinusitis or cold.

Siro Vasti

Siro Vasti is Ayurvedic massage therapy for rejuvenating the sensory organs. Oil is poured on the patient’s head and is not allowed to leak from the head using a leather hat. The therapy is effective in curing problems like facial paralysis, eye problems, chronic headaches, etc.

Udvartana and Swedana

Udvartana is a lymphatic Ayurvedic treatment. The therapy restores your radianceusing a penetrating paste prepared using Ayurvedic Massage herbs for skin Ayurvedic Massage. Udvartana is much effective in reducing cellulite and thus, is an effective Ayurvedic therapy for weight loss.

Udvartana is followed by Swedana, which a herbal steam bath. Unlike any other Ayurvedic Massage treatment, the patient’s heart and mind are kept cool, while the rest of the body is heated to relax the body and the mind.

Ayurveda offers a large number of massages and therapies. We have provided just a glimpse of the vast science of life. Resorting to the natural healing process and therapeutic massages will provide you magical results and help you live a disease-free life.

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