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

2015-05-20

Ayurvedic Skincare as Per Doshas

Mukhalepam is an ancient process in which the facial skin is massaged and coated with oils and herbal pastes, tailored to individual skin types. Here are a few of its many benefits:

  • Increases the elasticity of the skin to prevent wrinkles and enhance smoothness.
  • Cleanses skin for a natural glow.
  • Prevents pigmentation.
  • Removes dead cells, and fades existing scars and blemishes.
When practicing Mukhalepam, apply pastes and oils gently against the direction of the hair. This ensures the active ingredients of the herbs will penetrate deep into the skin. Wash pastes off with cold water as soon as they dry — if they're kept on for too long, the skin may become excessively dry.

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If you're Vata ...
This type of skin dries quickly and is especially vulnerable to shifts in weather. Vata skin must be protected from harsh heat and cold, as well as pampered to retain its natural oils and moisture. It's important to avoid hot water baths as they can dry your skin out. Be sure to use pH-balanced soaps and drink lots of water for hydration from the inside out.

Cleanse: Use a solution of rose water and milk, gently massaging it into the skin.

Exfoliate: Use rice or almond powder as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, which can diminish the skin’s natural glow. You may also want to steam your skin with mint leaves and plain water to open your pores and increase circulation.

Moisturize: Aloe vera gel or cream may also be used to gently massage the facial skin and add extra moisture. Antioxidant- and oil-rich avocado has a number of benefits for the skin, and is chock full of healthy fatty acids and vitamins as well. Mash up an avocado into a smooth paste and apply it evenly to the face for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Apply a few drops of almond oil and massage into the skin to moisturize it.

If you're Pitta ...

This type of skin is very sensitive, and is easily burned by sun exposure. It needs to stay cool or else an imbalance can lead to rashes, acne and inflammation.

Cleanse: Begin by cleansing the skin with rose water.

Exfoliate: Use a combination of milk and sugar to gently scrub the dead skin cells off. You can follow this up by steaming the skin with Neem leaves and water.

Moisturize: Massage the face gently with a solution of sandalwood paste and virgin coconut oil. Follow this with a fresh paste of rose petals, red sandalwood, white sandalwood, aloe vera and Indian gooseberry, lightly applied in a single coat. Rinse off the mask with cold water as it begins to dry.

If you're Kapha ...
This type of skin is prone to oiliness because of its thick, smooth nature. Toxins accumulate under the skin and eventually force their way out, resulting in irritation and eruptions. For Kapha skin, it's crucial to detox — both externally and internally — regularly.

Cleanse: It's important to cleanse Kapha skin twice a day to get rid of excess oil that accumulates.

Exfoliate: Gently scrub the face with a mixture of sea salt and honey, then steam it with a combination of water and mint leaves.

Moisturize: Massage the face with a solution of aloe vera and turmeric paste, then apply a mask of yogurt mixed with ripe papaya, grated cucumber and tomatoes. Apply to skin and rinse off with cold water once dry. Repeat every other day for best results.

Skin care doesn’t stop with the face, either — massages and herbal baths are a great way to care for the rest of your skin. Try adding 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil into a bath or infuse it with fresh herbs. Almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, walnut oil and grapeseed oil can also be added to your bath for an extra dose of moisture.

Ayurvedic massage is also valuable for skin health, especially when you use oils that complement your dosha. Vata types benefit from sesame oil, while Pitta types would do well with sandalwood or sunflower oil. Calamus root oil or corn oil is ideal for the Kapha dosha. Remember to massage in the direction of your heart to boost your circulation and make skin glow!

2014-02-11

Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Oil Massage

Benefits of applying oil to the body (abhyanga):
  • Imparts softness, strength and color to the body
  • Decreases the effects of aging
  • Bestows good vision
  • Nourishes the body
  • Increases longevity
  • Benefits sleep patterns
  • Benefits skin
  • Strengthens the body’s tolerance
  • Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  • Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body, increasing circulation
  • Pacifies vata and pitta
Herbal oils specific to your constitution or current condition are especially good choices for full body massage. Specific oil recommendations for each dosha are listed in the dosha-specific abhyanga sections below.

Benefits of applying oil to the scalp (murdha taila):
  • Makes hair grow luxurious, thick, soft and glossy
  • Soothes and invigorates the sense organs
  • Helps reduce facial wrinkles

Bhringaraj Oil, Brahmi Oil, and Healthy Hair Oil are especially well suited for scalp massage.

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Benefits of applying oil to the ears (karna puran):
  • Benefits disorders in and of the ear that are due to increased vata
  • Benefits stiff neck
  • Benefits stiffness in the jaw

Sesame Oil is a good choice when applying oil to the ears.

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Benefits of applying oil to the feet (padaghata):
  • Alleviates coarseness, stiffness, roughness, fatigue and numbness of the feet
  • Feet become strong and firm
  • Enhances vision
  • Pacifies vata
  • Benefits local tissues, veins and ligaments
Bhringaraj Oil and Brahmi Oil are especially well suited for foot massage.

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Vata Pacifying Abhyanga
The primary qualities of vata are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle and mobile. Most of these qualities are opposite to those of oil. This is why warm oil is especially good for pacifying vata.

If your vata is high, either in your prakriti or vikriti, doing abhyanga daily can be highly beneficial, even life-changing, as vata is restored to its normal condition. Just be sure to doabhyanga in a warm place, and avoid getting chilled afterwards.

Types of Oil That Are Best for Vata

Sesame Oil is considered to be the “king of oils;” it is the preferred choice of oil for vata because it is inherently warming. If possible, use one that is organic and untoasted. Almond Oil is also a good choice because it is warming. You may also consider using Vata Massage Oil, especially if vata is high in your Vikriti. The herbs in this oil enhance the vata pacifying qualities of sesame oil. Vata massage oil can be used alone or diluted with sesame or almond oil.

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For increasing strength and stamina Ashwagandha/Bala Oils may be the best for you.

Mahanarayan Oil is made from over 20 Ayurvedic herbs and is traditionally used to support comfortable movement in the joints. If you warm it, massage it into the affected joints or muscles and proceed with your regular abhyanga, it can be fabulously beneficial. Following this with a warm bath with 1/3 cup each baking soda and ginger powder (provided there is no skin irritation) can enhance the effects even further.

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Vata Dusting Powder – Optional

If dusting powder does not irritate your skin, try using one in the place of soap. You can use chickpea flour. Make a paste with the flour and water, and then gently apply a small amount to the body. Once it dries, you can allow it to rinse off with the oil.

Pitta Pacifying Abhyanga

The primary qualities of pitta are: oily, sharp, hot, light, fleshy-smelling, spreading and liquid. Since pitta and oil share a number of qualities it is ideal to use herbal oil when you are trying to balance pitta. The addition of herbs enhances the pitta pacifying properties of the oil.

Types of Oil That Are Best for Pitta

Pitta pacifying herbal oils, such as Pitta Massage Oil, are best for abhyanga. Applying Bhringaraj Oil or Brahmi Oil to the scalp and soles of feet at bedtime may reduce pitta and encourage sound sleep. If you don’t have herbal oils, use Sunflower Oil or Coconut Oil for your abhyanga. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may wish to add some Neem Oil to whatever you use for your basic abhyanga oil; it is said to reduce pitta in the skin.

In general, gently heat the oil for abhyanga. Oil applied to the head should be cool in the summer and slightly warm in the winter.

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Pitta Dusting Powder – Optional

If dusting powder does not irritate your skin, you may enjoy using chickpea flour in the place of soap. Make a paste with the flour and water, gently apply a small amount to the body in the shower, and let it rinse off with the oil.

Kapha Pacifying Abhyanga

The main qualities of kapha are oily, cool, heavy, slow, smooth, soft and static. Kapha and oil share most qualities. Because like increases like, using oil, especially cool oil, may increase kapha rather than decrease it. However, because oil has the ability to absorb the qualities of substances it is prepared with, appropriate herbal oils can actually decrease kapha.

Sometimes the best massage for kapha is udvartana, massaging the body with soft, fragrant powders, like Organic Calamus Powder.

Types of Oil That Are Best for Kapha

Abhyanga with warm oil is best for kapha. While Sesame Oil, Almond Oil, olive oil and corn oil are all warming, herbal oils such as Kapha Massage Oil are a superior choice for kapha, as the herbs impart more kapha pacifying properties to the oil. (If you are using Sesame Oil, opt for untoasted sesame oil; toasted varieties are more expensive and have a very strong natural scent). It is usually best to use less oil for kapha abhyanga than for vata or pitta.

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Kapha Dusting Powder – Optional

To accent the positive effects of abhyanga for kapha-types, vigorously rub an appropriate kapha dusting powder into the body before or after performing abhyanga, either while working in or rinsing off the oil. You can use chickpea flour, but organic Calamus Powder (vacha) is also nice.

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2012-08-30

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.

2012-01-20

Pitta Dosha: All About Pitta | Ayurveda

As per Ayurveda, the body is made up of tissues (dhatus), waste products (malas), and doshas (loosely translated to Energetic Forces). It is the Tridoshas' job to assist with the creation of all of the various tissues of the body and to remove any unnecessary waste products from the body. It is also the Tridoshas that influence all movements, all transformations, all sensory functions, and many of the other activities in the human body and mind. Out of this tridoshas the Vata dosha is the most important of the three doshas. The Pitta dosha is associated with fire or heat. Kapha is the heaviest of the three doshas. It provides the structures and the lubrication that the body needs.

Now lets understand what is Pitta Dosha, What are Pitta Body Types, and what is important for them to consider with respect to food and what all they need to avoid.

The Pitta Type Body
In Ayurveda Pitta is known as Energy of Digestion and Metabolism. Pitta dosha (bio-energy) is a combination of water and fire elements and formulated by the dynamic interplay of the both. These elements are transformative in nature thus they constantly modulate and control each other. In human body Pitta represents the fire element; it includes gastric fire or digestive fire, action of enzymes and amino acids that play a major role in metabolism, and the neurotransmitters and neuropeptides involved in thinking. People with pitta personality are known for warm friendly behavior and leadership qualities.

Pitta is hot, sharp, light, oily, liquid, and spreading in nature. It is sour, bitter, pungent to the taste, and has a fleshy smell. All these characteristics are revealed in the body of the pitta person. The main centers of pitta in human body are small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes, and skin. Pitta governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism, body temperature, skin coloration, the luster of the eyes, intelligence, and understanding. It gives the person appetite, vitality, and the capacity to learn, understand and determine what is right or wrong. The imbalanced pitta can cause many physical and psychological problems like anger, criticism, negative emotions, acidity, ulcers, heartburn, rashes and thinning hair. Pitta can be thrown out of balance by, eating spicy or sour food; being angry, tired, or fearful; or spending too much time in the sun. People with a predominantly pitta constitution are thought to be susceptible to heart disease and arthritis.

Pitta provides the following functions:

• Metabolism - at all the various levels from digestion of food to transformation of all other material
• Thermogenesis - maintains the proper body temperature
• Vision - converts external images into optic nerve impulses
• Appetite - the feeling of hunger and thirst
• Comprehension - of information into knowledge, also reasoning and judgment
• Courage & Braveness - to face the situation
• Complexion - gives color and softness to skin

Indications of Balanced Pitta 
A balanced pitta is an indication of sound physical and psychological health of an individual. When in balance pitta ensures:
•  Good digestion
•  Energy
•  Goal-setting inclinations
•  Good problem-solving skills
•  Keen powers of intelligence
•  Decisiveness
•  Boldness and courage
•  Bright complexion

Indications of Imbalanced Pitta
•   Acidity, Heartburn
•   Fitful sleep, Disturbing dreams, Insomnia
•   Diarrhea, Food allergies
•   Bad breath, Sour body odor
•   Sensitivity to heat, Hot flashes
•   Skin rashes, Boils and Acne
•   Ulcers, Hot sensations in the stomach or intestines
•   Bloodshot eyes other vision problems
•   Weakness due to low blood sugar
•   Fevers, Night sweats
•   Anemia
•   Jaundice


Pitta Dosha Foods General:
You can balance excess pitta with foods that are dry, cool and heavy with a mild, naturally sweet, bitter or astringent taste. Milk, beans, rice, steamed vegetables and fruits are good for pitta people. Pitta body types generally like a lot of protein. The sweet items like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt, and honey are good.

• Mild spices: Coriander, cumin, and cilantro
• Vegetables & Fruits: can eat most vegetables and fruits.
• Grains: Barley, oats, wheat, parboiled rice.

General Tips on Health and Wellness For Pitta
When in balance, pitta promotes intelligence and understanding but when disturbed or imbalanced it produces anger and jealousy. To ensure sound and healthy living one should be aware with the causes and factors that can influence pitta dosha and also the ways to regulate them.

It is very important for Pitta people that they lead a pure and moderate life and try to keep cool. Pitta is a fire element; hence to balance it one should avoid excessive heat, oily, steamy and salty food, rigorous exercises that increase body heat, etc. Such people should opt foods, attitudes, behaviors, personal relationships, and environmental conditions that can be instrumental in balancing pitta.

They should take food that is sweet, bitter, and astringent because these tastes decrease pitta influences, do exercise during the cooler part of the day, and do things that cool the mind, avoid conflicts and choose cool climates. On behavioral front developing the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control also help in balancing pitta dosha.

Pitta prakriti people should do meditation as it helps to control negative thoughts and calm mind and body. Optimum meal times for pitta people are: breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 3 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

The pitta people should use colors that are cool and calm, for example, blues and greens. These colors provide a soothing effect and help to control pitta. The stone should be worn by pitta people is Moonstone as this stone associate well with pitta dosha and drive positive influences.

Pungent and oily foods like curry, fried foods and spicy condiments should be avoided by people with pitta constitutions. Spices such as cayenne, garlic and dry ginger should completely be avoided. Stimulants like alcohol, smoking, coffee, vinegar, fried foods, pickles, spicy foods, fermented foods, almond, curds, corn, til, mustard oil are not good for pitta people. Beets, brinjals, carrots, garlic, hot peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes need to avoided. Fruits that are to be avoided are like sour and unripe fruits, including grapefruit, papayas, peaches, bananas, apricots. Grains like brown rice, corn, millet, rye should not be taken.

 List of favorable food items
Vegetables
Fruits
GrainsDairyMeatOilBeveragesNuts  &
Seeds
Herbs&
Spices
Asparagus
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Green beans
Green (sweet) peppers
Leafy green vegetables
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Okra
Parsley
Peas
Potatoes
Sprouts
Squash
Sweet potatoes
Zucchini


 
Apples
Avocados
Cherries
Coconut
Figs
Dark grapes
Mangoes
Melons
Oranges
Pears
Pineapples
Plums
Prunes
Raisins















 
Barley
Oats
Wheat
White rice (prefer basmati rice) 






















 
Butter
Egg whites
Ghee (clarified butter )- unless you are watching cholesterol
Ice cream
Milk

















 
Chicken
Shrimp
Turkey
(All in small amounts) 
























 
Coconut
Olive
Soy
Sunflower 


























 
Almond milk
aloe vera juice
apple juice apricot juice berry juice (sweet) black tea carob
chai (hot, spiced milk)* cherry juice (sweet)
cool dairy drinks
grain "coffee" grape juice
mango juice mixed veg. juice orange juice
peach nectar pomegranate juice prune juice pear juice rice milk soy milk vegetable bouillon
Coconut
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds 

























 
Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are OK
Cardamom
Cilantro(green coriander)
Cinnamon
Coriander seed
Dill
Fennel
Mint
Saffron
Turmeric

Plus small amounts of cumin and black pepper
 

List of unfavorable food items
Vegetables
Fruits
GrainsDairyMeatOilBeveragesNuts  &
Seeds
Herbs&
Spices
Beets
Carrots
Eggplant
Garlic
Hot peppers
Onions
Radishes
Spinach
Tomatoes












 
Apricots
Bananas
Berries
Cherries (sour)
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Papayas
Peaches
Persimmons












 
Brown rice
Corn
Millet
Rye

















 
Buttermilk
Cheese
Egg yolks
Sour cream
Yogurt
















 
Red meat and sea food in general ) 


















 
Almond
Corn
Safflower
Sesame


















 
Apple cider berry juice (sour) caffeinated beverages carbonated drinks carrot juice cherry juice (sour) chocolate milk
coffee cranberry juice grapefruit juice
iced tea
iced drinks lemonade papaya juice tomato juice sour juices
 
All, except mentioned above



















 
All pungent herbs and spices, except as noted. Take only the minimal amounts of the following:
Barbecue sauce
Catsup
Mustard
Pickles
Salt
Sour salad dressings
Spicy condiments
Vinegar

Ayurvedic Herbal Massage to Balance Pitta
Ayurvedic herbal massage is a powerful tool with which you can build greater overall health. People who get ayurvedic herbal massage finds wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the whole time. If you are using ayurvedic herbal massage on daily basis you will find better sleep and easier, earlier mornings and it will help to keep your body free of illness and toxins.

Ayurvedic herbal massage has a wide range of benefits. Ayurvedic herbal massage helps for balance our Kapha dosha, Pitta dosha and Vata dosha. A person who are using ayurvedic herbal massage on daily basis, will get smooth and beautiful skin and always feel youthful. Ayurvedic herbal massage also helps to improve the strength and tone the muscles.
Know more: Ayurvedic Massage: Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Massage

2011-11-23

Ayurvedic Massage: Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurveda, today, is known as 'Alternative Medicine' but in the ancient India, it was the way of life. The original scriptures of Ayurveda have recommended the right ways of doing all the life activities. One of the important part of Ayurveda is Massage. 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 has 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.

Special types of massages
Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage
Abhyanga massage is very relaxing. It harmonizes, detoxifies, strengthens and revitalizes the entire body apart from stimulating the immune system. It also calms and strengthens the nervous system. Abhyanga is the real rejuvenator.
Snehana or Abhyanga means Oleation (oiling up). It is full body massage which is recommended to be done daily. The body is massaged with various Ayurvedic warm oils which moves the toxins towards the gastro –intestinal tract. It is nourishing, pacifies the doshas, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep, enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body.


Gharsana Ayurvedic Massage
Gharshana literally means “rubbing”. The Gharsana massage, basically is, a dry lymphatic skin brushing having an exfoliating effect on skin. 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. 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. Gharshana produces exfoiliating effect due to the usage of wool or raw silk. Both of them are fairly abrasive but soothing to the skin. It is followed by bathing or oil massage.


Shirodhara Ayurvedic Massage
Shiro means head and dhara means to flow. Shirodhara involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead, more specifically stated- on the ‘third eye’. Shirodhara is used to treat various diseases including eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, greying of hair, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitus, vertigo, Ménière's disease and certain skin diseases such as psoriasis. The liquids used in shirodhara can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water according to the various treatments for different benefits. These days, shirodhara is mostly used non-medicinally at spas for its relaxing properties. The person wanting shirodhara is made to lie on his/her back and head is positioned under a metal bottle with a slow-flowing spout from which the oils streams gently onto the forehead. It has amazing quality of gently releasing stress and tension from the mind and body.


Udvartana Ayurvedic Massage
Udvartana is deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic massage. Udvartana helps to eliminate lymphatic toxins out of the body and also improves sluggish circulation and digestion. It balances Kapha dosha and cleans the skin. It increases the metabolic rate of the body and activates the rasa dhatu (lymph), which in turn enables the vayus (gases) to flow and make the nadi system more efficient. This full body massage uses a paste prepared from ground grains to cleanse the skin, improve circulation, and help weight loss. It is particularly good for skin care as its powerful exfoliating effect magically conditions the skin. Udvartana massage is particularly used for people having Kapha dosha.


Vishesh Ayurvedic Massage
Vishesh means special. It is a special deep muscular massage which breaks up adhesions and improves circulation deep within the muscles. The style and flow of the Vishesha massage is determined by the body type. Focus is placed on 'Marma' points. This type of massage dissolves and cleanses ama (toxins) from the tissues and stimulates the lymphatic flow. The techniques used in Vishesh massage include tapping, kneading and squeezing apart from the more traditional massage strokes that are gentle in nature. Vishesh massage removes blockages to increase blood flow, improve digestion, and awaken the energy sources and deeper levels of consciousness. This deep tissue massage is especially helpful for soothing sore, tired or aching muscles.

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2010-05-14

Ayurvedic Remedies for Stretch Marks

ayurvedic stretch marks remedies
There was a time when pregnant women used to think that stretch marks are forever - once they've made their presence felt, they simply do not go. But now, times have changed. Yummy Mommies are today's trendsetters. They bear children with elan and then go on to flaunt their spotless attractive bodies after child birth. So, doing away with stretch marks is not really a problem anymore for pregnant mothers. There are plenty of effective ayurvedic remedies. Try them during your pregnancy for a stretch mark-less toned tummy:

  • Basil, gotu kola, sandalwood, Indian margoza, Indan madder are some of the useful herbs for curing stretch marks. Make a paste of any of these herbs and apply on your tummy during pregnancy.
  • Apply cocoa butter twice a day on your tummy for an after-delivery scar-less abs.
  • Prepare a mixture by adding avocado oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil to a few drops of lavender and charmomile, and apply it on the affected areas. This is a very effective remedy for reducing stretch marks.

2009-09-14

Ayurveda Honeymoon in Kerala

Young people of modern day are more conscious towards their health and wellness than their ancestors were, in the yesteryears. In earlier days, people used to spend their golden time after marriage visiting beautiful places and enjoying all of life's pleasure including good food, sight seeing and of course making love to their life partners. Today's 'just married couples' too enjoy their honeymoon to the fullest but with a difference- now they proceed for an Ayurveda honeymoon in Kerala- so rightly described as the land of god!

Kerala is the true heaven for those who want to spend their leisurely time in beautiful surroundings amongst the raw nature. And because Kerala is the Ayurveda hub not only of India but of the whole world, it offers the most healthy holiday which refreshes the new couple for a great start of their lives together. The latest buzz is therefore Ayurvedic packages for honeymoon tour- the unique offering of this land where Ayurveda took birth.

Ayurveda package for honeymoon tours in Kerala mostly include a stay in a luxurious Ayurvedic cottage or in a luxurious houseboat. Here the couple gets healthy Ayurvedic diets and other blessings of this ancient alternative medicine. They are given ayurvedic massages to rejuvenate themselves. These massages not only make their bodies stress free but also fill them up with a new kind of thrill and excitement so necessary for this kind of tour. Not only they get advice on everything from healthy lifestyle, food habits, daily yoga practice, and meditation but also the knowledge about the need of keeping minds happy, fresh and lively.

So, if you are a newly wedded man or a woman, just explain the magic of Ayurveda holiday to your partner and head towards Kerala. And if you are a one who has been wedded since long, you can think of a second honeymoon- a Kerala honeymoon with refreshing Ayurvedic massage and all health and wellness!