Showing posts with label Ayurveda Massage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ayurveda Massage. Show all posts

Ayurveda Massage Abhyanga

  • Start by warming the specific oil in a bowl of boiled water. 
  • Use the open part of your hand, rather than your finger tips, to massage your entire body. 
  • In general, use circular motions over rounded areas (joints, head) and straight strokes over straight areas (neck, long bones). 
  • Apply moderate pressure over most of your body and light pressure over your abdomen and heart. 
  • Start with your head. Pour a small amount of oil on your hands and vigorously massage it into your scalp. 
  • Use the flat part of your hands, make circular strokes to cover your whole head. Spend more time massaging your head than other parts of the body. 
  • Move to your face and outer ears, remembering to apply a small amount of oil as you move from one part of your body to the next. 
  • Massage this area gently. 
  • Massage the front and back of your neck, and the upper part of your spine. 
  • At this point you may want to cover the rest of your body with a thin layer of oil to give maximum time for the oil to soak in. 
  • Vigorously massage your arms, using circular motion on your shoulders and elbows and long, back-and-forth strokes on your upper arms and forearms. 
  • Now massage your chest and abdomen. Use a very gentle, circular motion over your heart and abdomen. 
  • You can start in the lower right part of your abdomen and move clockwise toward the left lower part, to gently massage your intestines. Massage your back and spine the best you can. 
  • Massage your legs vigorously, using circular motions over your hips, knees and ankles. 
  • Use long straight over your thighs and calves. 
  • Finally massage your bottoms of your feet. As with the head, you can spend more time on this important area of your body. 
  • Use the palm of your hand to massage the soles vigorously. 
  • Allow absorption for 20 minutes before a warm bath or shower.

The Benefits of Ayurveda Oils & Daily Massage

Traditional Ayurveda medicine practice is based on ancient Hindu philosophy and is centered on the idea of creating a long & fulfilling life, meaning the principles are to encourage vitality, health and longevity. The actual practice is largely based on prevention, rather than cure. At the core of prevention is the every day custom of personal healthcare – a type of regular health maintenance. Fundamental to this is daily self massage, known as abhyanga. Massage with Ayurvedic oils can relieve your mind and body from many kinds of stresses and toxic build ups. Regular self massage rejuvenates your entire physical structure and promotes mental relaxation. Ancient Indian texts written 5000 years ago state that ‘a person with a view to preserving and promoting positive health should use massage therapy every day’.

Daily self massage with Ayurveda oils is a positive way of unlocking the body’s innate healing ability, revitalising the body and mind & empowers you to maintain your body’s optimum health.

The benefits of self-massage (abhyanga)
  • Balance the endocrine system 
  • Calm the nervous system 
  • Rejuvenate the skin 
  • Tone muscles 
  • Eliminate impurities 
  • Lubricate the joints 
  • Increase mental alertness 
  • Promote youthfulness 
  • Stimulate internal organs 
  • Longevity

Ayurvedic massage has become a lifestyle for the people of India . It is a natural form of exercise that offers a balance between the mind and the body. It is believed in the Ayurveda system that each human being is composed of a Dosha. According to doctrines, a dosha is a combination of the 5 different elements; ether, wind, fire, water and earth. Doshas, according to Ayurveda, need to remain balanced in a person. An imbalance will manifest a negative or undesirable condition. Using Ayurvedic oils in massage is a potent contributor at maintaining harmony & balance. Due to the extremely small size of the oil molecule, Ayurveda oils penetrate the skin easily and transport the healing properties of nature, directly to the cells in the body.

The best time for massage
Ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed in the morning, before your bath or shower, to facilitate the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the previous night. However, at the end of the day a mini massage before your shower and bed or simply massaging the soles of your feet with Ksheerabala oil will certainly help those with insomnia and promote restful sleep. So make sure that you participate in this type of Ayurvedic healing as often as you can, so you can enjoy all the benefits, everyday.

Ayurveda Cellulite Busting Therapy - Udvartana

The word Udvartana is largely used for the most famous body treatment in Ayurveda to lose weight. However if we refer to the classics of Ayurveda we have different types of Udvartana mentioned, which are classified according to their action on the body and the result the Ayurveda physician would like to achieve.

Also there is a large misbelief that Udvartana is only used as a treatment to lose weight, whereas Sushruta (Father of Ayurvedic Surgery), divides the Ayurvedic powder massages into three parts: Utsadana, Udgharshana and Udvartana.

Utsadana - Here different oils and powders are mixed together to form a paste and rubbed all over the body. These herbal powders and oils exfoliate and enhance the complexion and glow of the skin and are highly rejuvenating;

Udgharshana - This is a treatment where only powders which are dry and rough in nature are rubbed all over the body to induce the same qualities and remove the excess water and earth element (KAPHA). It is mostly used in obesity and diabetic cases.

Udvartana - Udvartana according to Sushrata is a body toning program, with application of a combination of prescribed herbal powder and oil on the entire body .It is used in the treatment to reduce fat and strengthen the body, at the same time taking care that the body does not become too rough and dry in the whole process.

So as you see according to Sushruta - Udvartana and Utsadana are the same treatments where herbal pastes made of different oils and powders is applied to achieve a specific result.

Where as Charaka (Father of Ayurvedic Medicine) gives only the term Udvartana for all the above. Thus as we see above, Udvartana can be used to lose weight, improve skin complexion, de-stress and relax and as a natural full body exfoliation treatment.

Points to Remember during the Therapy
  1. As compared to Abhyangam (Ayurvedic full body massage - explained in a previous article), this treatment will require more pressure and speed; 
  2. Apply oil in between if the paste gets dry, as it may lead to a mild itching sensation during the rubbing movements; 
  3. Remember to move your body with your strokes. Appropriate body position and movement will also ensure that you do not build up pain in your body while giving this treatment; 
  4. During the long strokes, keep your legs wide apart, as it enables better and more uniform movement and pressure, which will also enable you to use your body weight and not the arm pressure.
  • Reduced cellulite/ subcutaneous fat tissue; 
  • When taken as a part of a treatment program including a strict Ayurvedic diet plan, regular exercise or Yoga and appropriate internal Ayurvedic herbal medication as prescribed by the Ayurveda physician, it helps to reduce weight and gives a well toned body; 
  • Beautiful skin complexion; 
  • Cleanses and revitalizes the skin and removes body odour; 
  • Better skin tone - even if you are losing weight with exercises, other forms of diet etc. The best benefit of Udvartana, even when taken as a one-off treatment is that, it is one the very few treatments that de-stresses you , but at the same time also have an invigorating effect.(reduces Vata and Kapha); 
  • The blockages in the blood vessels are removed and pores open, removing body stiffness, facilitating better absorption of oils etc. through the skin.

    Though the treatment is widely used to get a well-toned body, the actual outcome is highly individualized, based on the specific need; hence the consultation with the Ayurveda physician becomes extremely important. Based on the consultation, the Ayurveda physician chooses the appropriate combination of herbs and oils. This combination, especially chosen for the individual (depending on his/her body constitution, climate and ailment etc.) would yield the specific result that one is looking for.
Contraindications: Udvartana should not be offered in: Dry skin conditions; In pregnancy; To the emaciated ; Children; After body detoxification and purification procedure of Panchakarma.

Gharsana Ayurvedic Massage

Massage is one of the important part of Ayurveda and is the basic way of Indian life. Each Indian child, right from the day he/she is born, gets everyday massage. Whether it is the occasion of marriage or issue of gaining post natal strength for a new mother- massage is the ultimate thing to do. Apart from the everyday massage, Ayurveda also recommends many special types of massages such as Abhyanga, Garshana, Shirodhara etc.

Basic Principle Behind Ayurvedic Massage
The Ayurvedic massage techniques rest on certain basic theories of Ayurveda. One of such theories is that of Panchkarma- the five types of therapeutic measures. Ayurveda believes that any problem occuring to human body is the result of imbalance among the three toxins or “doshas”- Vaata, Pitta and Kapha. Panchakarma consists of five basic types of advanced treatment for balancing the vitiated Dosha from the body. Snehana or Massage is one of the subsidiary of Panchakarma. It includes other Ayurvedic therapies such as Swedana or fomentation/sweating, Basti or medicated enemas, Virechana or purging through herbs, Vamana or vomiting with the help of herbs, Nasya or nasal administration of oils etc. 

Gharsana Ayurvedic Massage
Gharshana literally means “rubbing”. The Gharsana massage, basically is, a dry lymphatic skin brushing having an exfoliating effect on skin. It is a great therapy for skin care. It is done without oil. If gharshana is done on a regular basis, it helps in breaking down fat deposits by enhancing blood and lymphatic circulation. It cleans and exfoliates the skin, making it more receptive to herbs and therapeutic oils. It is followed by bathing or oil massage. Gharshana is done after wearing gloves made up of wool,raw silk, or terry cloth. During gharshana, light vigorous upward strokes are given. It can be done everyday.

When body is rubbed during Gharshana, heat is generated which improves circulation thereby eliminating wastes from body. The gentle strokes in upward direction activate the lymphatic flow. Gharshana produces exfoiliating effect due to the usage of wool or raw silk. Both of them are fairly abrasive but soothing to the skin. Exfoliated skin functions better in eliminating wastes. Raw silk is beneficial for Vata and Pitta body types whereas wool is good for kapha type of body. Terry cloth can be used for Vata and Pitta body types.