Ayurvedic massage is a wellness massage known for its preventive virtues and its ability to promote the distribution of energy throughout the body.
Just like Asian massage (Shiatsu massage and reflexology), Oriental massage, Thai massage, Kashmiri massage, Balinese massage, Korean relaxation, Californian massage, Swedish massage and seated massage, Ayurvedic massage has special features that distinguish it.
It is a type of massage that can be practiced daily to promote the drainage of the body by overcoming all obstructions in the blood circulation.
Ayurvedic massage: what is it?
Ayurvedic massage was designed by an Indian doctor called Swami Yoga-Anand Bharati. It is inspired by Ayurveda or “life science” (or “science of longevity”) and traditional Indian massage.
The principle of massage is based on the balance between air (the Vat designating hormones and nerves), water (the Kaph designating everything liquid in the body) and fire (the Pitt designating digestive organs and enzymes). It is the harmony of these 3 elements that brings the inner well-being.
The application of ayurvedic massage is divided into 3 types:
- On the whole body: the Abyanga which is the basis of the traditional Ayurvedic massage.
- At the height of the forehead: Siro Dara.
- At the level of the sole of the foot with a bowl: the Kansu.
Process of an Ayurvedic massage session
On a massage table or directly on the floor, the patient only wears underwear or undresses completely and lies down to receive the ayurvedic massage. The practitioner uses an essential oil made from medicinal plants (palm, sesame oil…) and heated at the same temperature as the body.
To distribute vital energy (Prana) throughout the whole body, pressure, friction and kneading are applied to the 107 vital points (Marmas).
The ideal is to stimulate all the energetic points of the body but depending on the expected result, it is possible to work only on a specific area such as the head or feet.
Ayurvedic massage : which benefits?
Ayurvedic massage brings many benefits that boil down to stimulating the whole body. More than a massage, it is an art of living whose main benefits are:
- Relaxation and lightness of the body by stimulating muscles, tendons, bones and skin.
- Optimization of blood, lymphatic and hormonal circulation, thus promoting the elimination of toxins.
- Strengthening the nervous and immune systems.
- The evacuation of stress.
- Improved sleep.
- Relief of pain.
- Strengthens the body and increases longevity.
- Relieving fatigue.