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What is Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India. Rooted in the Vedic era, it dates back over 5.000 years ago. The word Ayurveda comes from Sanskrit and means Ayur (life, vigour, longevity) and Veda (knowledge, sacred knowledge) it also can be called "Science of Life".
Ayurveda understands the world in energetic terms in a process in which the body, the mind and the environment in which we live are in constant interaction and harmony. However, in our fast-paced, often highly stressful modern world, there are plenty of factors that can cause disruption – a blockage in the flow of energy and information in our body mind. Symptoms and sickness are the body’s signal that we need to restore balance, eliminate whatever is causing the blockages and re-establish the healthy flow.
The Ayurvedic massage is designed to create balance among the mind, body and spirit and help the body heal itself. During an Ayurvedic massage, oil blends are infused with Ayurvedic herbs and heated to promote relaxation and detoxification.
How it Works
Massage works on both the physical and mental levels. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of Ayurvedic massage. These include: blood pressure reduction, stimulate muscle tone, stress reduction, increased lymphatic flow, reduced constipation. Additionally, the mechanical pressure applied during the treatment, induces relaxation and eases sore muscles.
On a mental level, the procedure induces relaxation which releases physical and emotional blockages. This relaxation helps with self-healing and enhances the effectiveness of medication if the person is undergoing any treatment.
Beside the mechanical pressure, the Ayurvedic massage benefits are enhanced by the therapeutic herbal oils. This are diffused into the fine channels of the body, nourishing the tissues and helping the body expel toxins.
Ayurvedic Massage Therapy
The style, flow and oils applied in an Ayurvedic massage session are tailored to each individual.
Abhyanga – The entire body is oleated including the scalp and feet, utilizing specific warm herbal oils. The massage techniques including tapping, kneading and squeezing, as well as traditional massage strokes. Movement flow can be quick or drawn out, depending on a person’s needs. The overall approach increases circulation and lymphatic drainage. The oil penetrates deep into the tissues to loosen toxins at the cellular level and brings elasticity to the body tissues. It then moves these waste materials to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract for removal. The Abhyanga enhances immunity, increases circulation, and creates deep relaxation in the body and mind.
Pinda Sweda – The body is totally oleated, excluding the head and face. Using poultices of warm rice and herbs a soothing and rhythmic massage is done in all body. This treatment is perfect remedy for sluggish energy and a stiff achy body. The result is increased energy circulation and mobility, along with sense of lightness and calm
Uttamanga chikitsa – This therapy involves work on the head, shoulders, neck, scalp, and face, relaxing the mind, calms the nervous system and release stress from facial muscles. Treats the throat, forehead and crown chakras as well as numerous marmas (pressure) points. Different types of herbal oil are applied to shoulders neck, head and face
How Ayurvedic Massage Can Help you
Removal of physical and mental fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression
Restore the innate capacity to sleep soundly
Reduce pains in joints, release joint stiffness or frozen, and pains from overlay contracted muscles, such as sciatica, back pain, neck pain and even migraines.
Providing relief to arthritis sufferers
Improve skin tone and clarity, increase circulation and lessening of the appearance of cellulite
For athletes, enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury by balancing muscle groups and increasing joint mobility.
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