Ayurvedic Massage: Things you need to know
July 26, 2015 | 11:25 AM
by Dr Jisha K.J
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Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. Massage (Abhyanga) has a very important role in Ayurveda, in which it is performed using medicated oil (thailam).

Every thailam has a unique and specific formula that can contain the components of up to 50 different plants. Each ingredient of the thailam is carefully selected for its physiological action and to help restore the body’s natural state of health.

In addition to general Ayurvedic massage, there are specialized massages like Udvartana and Shirodhara. Udvartanais performed primarily to promote weight loss, but also improves skin complexion, helps to de-stress and relax the body, and works as a natural exfoliation treatment. In this treatment a special medicated powder is used instead of oil and massage strokes are delivered in upward direction with high pressure.

Shirodhara involves dripping oil like a thread onto the head. The technique soothes and invigorates the senses and the mind, promoting a total feeling of wellness, mental clarity and comprehension. Medicated oil, ghee, or decoctions are placed in a dhara pot and allowed to trickle slowly onto the head of the patient lying below it. Shirodhara is an extremely effective treatment used to calm the nerves, release pent-up emotions, and purify the mind and is particularly well suited to those struggling with mental distress or illness and insomnia, as well as diseases of the ears, nose, and throat.

Specific strokes, oils, marmas, chakras, music and affirmations enhance the therapeutic impact of the customised massage, all of which must be preceded by a consultation to establish the state of the patient’s tissues and body systems, as well as his or her previous conditions and mental disposition.

Ayurvedic massage is available at: Kottakkal Ayurvedic Centre

Near Hamriyah Al Maha pump. Building No. 2788, Way No. 4141

Tel: 24701555

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