Abhyanga(Ayurvedic healing massage)
Ayurvedic medicated oil massage is an ancient Indian therapy for healing and detoxifying Body, Mind and Spirit. This ayurvedic detoxification techniques and stress reduction therapy is performed by herbal medicated oils usually before bath. It incorporates an aromatic and medicated combination of oils prepared with herbs blended to body type. A variety of Ayurvedic techniques is applied to work along the energy channels of the body in a synchronized manner to restore the flow of vital energy (Prana) where it has become blocked. Lymphatic stimulation with ayurvedic herbal oils helps to take out toxic accumulation from the channels in body. It can be beneficial for maintaining health, and also therapeutically used for certain disorders. Abhyanga can be adapted into a routine appropriate for almost everyone. The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. Both experiences can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort which is “subtle.” This allows passing through minute channels in the body and penetrating deep layers of tissue.
Ayurveda says that there are seven dhatus, in the body which has independent part and important duty for life-giving. It is taught that for the effects of sneha to reach to the deepest layer, it should be massaged into the body for roughly five minutes. If we consider that the entire body needs this kind of attention, a 15 to 20 minutes massage is the suggested minimum amount of time
Rasa literally means ‘sap’ or ‘juice’. The primary function of ‘Rasa’ is to strengthen ‘rakta’ (blood) and provide nourishment. Basically, the tissue fluids consist of lymph and blood plasma.
Rakta Dhatu is said to be constituted from the metabolic refinement of the Rasa Dhatu. The primary function of the Rakta Dhatu is the nourishment of the body. It is also said to be the preserver of life
Mansa is formed from the rasa and rakta dhatu and said to be the basic cover of bone and structure of body.
Meda Dhatu are the finer part of the mansa dhatu that are also known as fatty tissue. They keep the lubrication between the various body organs and help the body in maintaining right internal temperature.
Asthi (Bone) Asthi i.e bones are the finer essence of the Meda Dhatu, which are converted into the most solid form of the Dhatus. They give the basic structure to the body.
Majja is the finer essence of the Asthi Dhatu. It is basically a semi- solid substance, yellow and red in color. Its primary function is filling the bone. It is also found inside the brain and spinal cord.
Shukra (Reproductive fluid or Semen) Sukra is produced from the most refined essence of the Bone Marrow. It is the cause of Ojas, which is actually the essence of all the seven Dhatus. The Shukra is responsible for vitality and energy of the body.
This is a form of ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring usually medicated liquid, oils over the forehead. It was developed by vaidyas, practitioners of Ayurveda in Kerala, India for use in restorative therapy and can be one of the steps to Panchakarma. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shira 'head' and dhara 'flow'. The liquids used in shirodhara depend on what is being treated, but can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water.
Shirodhara has been used to treat a variety of conditions including eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, graying of hair, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitus, vertigo and certain types of skin diseases like psoriasis. It is also used non-medicinally at spas for its relaxing properties.
There are specialized forms of shirodhara called thailadhara, ksheeradhara, thakradhara and jaladhara.
This therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). The whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. More than three liters of relaxing, medicated oil is used in this therapy. Pizhichil protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the aging process. This procedure helps relieving anxiety, combating depression, regulating blood pressure, relieving body pains, treating rheumatic diseases, alleviating arthritic symptoms, overcoming paralysis, curing sexual weakness, reducing neurological disorders, keeping skin young, and preventing aging.
This is a therapy with herbs tied in cloth bags and immersed in heated medicated oils placed on the area to be treated. This is followed by specific massages, done using the fingers, heel of the hand or palm. The pressure application varies according to the nature of ailment, age, body type and the spot. This treatment is for osteoarthritis, arthritis with swelling, spondylosis, sports injuries etc.
The administration of drugs through the nose, is called Nasya. Nasya is particularly useful in the treatment of diseases occurring in the organs situated above the clavicle. It will promote the functions of the sensory and motor organs above the clavicle. It specifically provides strength to the head, nose and neck. Indirectly it works on the whole body by improving the functioning of the endocrine glands. It will prevent premature wrinkling, graying and falling of the hair. This is useful for stiffness in the head, neck, teeth and jaw, hemicranias, Pain in the shoulders, Chronic coryza (sinusitis), Diseases of mouth, nose, ear, eye and head, facial paralysis, hoarseness of voice and tooth ache and other tooth disorders.
Netra Tarpana: Ayurvedic Eyes Rejuvenation
Netra Tarpana aims to provide optimum rejuvenation to eyes. Dough of Urad (black gram) is put around the eyes in such a way that a dam like appearance is seen. Then herbal medicated ghee (clarified butter oil) is pour in this groove to lubricate eye and surrounding areas which will be kept warm for about 30 minutes. It provides improved vision with beautiful eyes and strengthening of eye tissues. This procedure also treats burning in the eyes, dryness in the eyes, vata diseases in the eyes, curved eyes, conjunctivitis, pain in the eyes, watering eyes and night blindness, squinting and myopia. It also helps in under eye circles if done regularly for few days.
Vashpaswedanam: (Ayurvedic Medicated SteamBath)
Vashpaswedaman is herbal steam bath which is an amazingly refreshing experience - the herbal mix stimulates and invigorates. The herbal steam bath is an age-old tradition, which, like massage, has been passed down through generations of skilled. This is a unique treatment and under this treatment leaves of medicinal plants are boiled and resulting steam is passed to the whole body. This is also indicated as purvakarma for Panchakarma procedures. The treatment helps to eliminate impurities from the body, reducing fat and helping recovery from skin diseases.
Ayurveda Face Treatment
Glowing skin not only enhances our self-confidence but is also an indicator of our health.
Herbal cream is applied on face and neck through constant massage movements for 30 minutes. Later, gentle herbal steam is given and different herbal face pack dissolved in rose water is gently applied on the area. This treatment is very good for the toning of face muscles, to induce relaxation and helps getting relief from acne problem.
Nature has best solutions for all kinds of beauty-related issues. All we need to immerse into nature’s potential to keep our skin beautiful all round the year as well as prevent premature ageing. Ayurveda, our very own science of medicine, hailing from ancient times, is a storehouse of a number of herbal remedies which can naturally enhance the beauty of our skin, preventing several common skin concerns such as pimples, acne, spots, dark circles, scars, wrinkles etc.
Urovasti is effective in the treatments for asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular and chest pain.
A rectangular reservoir, made of black gram dough, is built up on the heart area. Warm medicated oil or medicated ghee is kept over the chest for 30 minutes to 45 minutes. The oil is recycled periodically to keep it warm. The healing properties of herbal oils are used for this. This treatment enriches the blood and builds and maintains strong muscles and connective tissues at the heart area. It is also a preventive treatment for heart from strokes and other related blocks. It also relieves deep seated anxiety, anger and sadness, beneficial for Cardio Myopathy and relieves for Asthma and Respiratory problems.
Udwartana Ayurveda Therapy for weight management
Udwarthanam is special therapeutic deep tissue massage using herbal powders. Udwarthanam means to elevate or to promote. This massage involves upward stroking, where the powder is rubbed forcibly on the body. Classical treatises on Ayurveda explain this procedure as a daily routine.
The whole body is gently massaged with medicated powders prepared with various herbs. This helps to reduce fat patches from the body known as cellulites, toning of the muscles, improves blood circulation and eases joint pains. Regular Udvartanam is good for not only cellulites but it helps to lose weight by increasing the basal metabolic rate.
The massage is done with warm herbal powder in the opposite direction to hair follicles by two therapists. The procedure is performed in seven postures. After completion the person is advised to take rest for 30 minutes, followed by a shower with warm water.
The benefits of Udwarthana Pacifies the aggravated Kapha dosha. It reduces the excess fat accumulated in the subcutaneous tissues, softens and exfoliates dead skin cells, thereby giving a lustrous glow to skin, detoxification, purification, toning the skin, eliminates bad body odor, improves mobility of joints.
Strengthens and tones up the muscles, refreshes and rejuvenates the body, takes care of conditions due to improper blood supply, improves the circulation; opens up the body channels (Srotus) increasing the basal metabolic rate, tones up the skin and muscles after the child birth, removes cellulite and helps in weight reduction, improves the sense of touch, makes the body and mind alert; gives a sense of lightness of the body, reduces the blood cholesterol.
The dry powder massage is useful in the following conditions:
- Motor Neuron Disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cerebral palsy
- Skin diseases