Ayurvedic massage is a form of massage therapy that comes from the system of traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing that focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit.
Ayurvedic massage focuses on restoring and maintaining energy balance in the body by stimulating pressure points, energy meridians and energy flow channels.
Ayurvedic Healing Massage is a full body massage using oils from selected herbs. Slow movements such as kneading, tapping and rubbing are used to remove fatigue and achieve wellness through lymphatic drainage.
Ayurvedic massage has several distinct characteristics that set it apart from other forms of massage:
Use of oils: Ayurvedic massage uses warm oils and herbs to nourish and moisturise the skin. These oils are selected according to the individual constitution (dosha) of the person and the desired therapeutic purpose.
Holistic approach: Ayurvedic massage takes a holistic approach, considering a person's whole system, including physical, mental and spiritual aspects. It aims to restore the overall balance of the body and harmonise the whole being.
Specific techniques: Ayurvedic massage involves specific techniques and movements. These include rhythmic and flowing movements, light to moderate pressure, friction, circular strokes and pressure on pressure points and meridians.
Individual adaptation: Ayurvedic massage is adapted to each person's individual constitution, known as dosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). The therapist will assess the dosha and adapt the oils, technique and pressure according to each person's specific needs and imbalances.
Ayurvedic massage offers a number of benefits for overall health and well-being as well:
Relaxation and stress reduction: Ayurvedic massage has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Rhythmic movements and warm oils can help relax the body and mind, promoting an overall state of calm and well-being.
Relief of pain and muscle tension: Specific techniques used in Ayurvedic massage help to release muscle tension and reduce pain. It is beneficial in treating muscle problems and back, neck or joint pain.
Stimulates blood and lymph circulation: Ayurvedic massage helps to improve blood and lymph circulation, which can help remove toxins from the body and bring nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. This process supports the immune system and can promote overall health.
Energy balancing: Ayurvedic massage aims to restore balance to the flow of vital energy (Prana) in the body. By stimulating pressure points and meridians, Ayurvedic massage helps to balance vital energy and improve health and well-being.
Improved sleep: Ayurvedic massage helps improve sleep quality and combat sleep disorders. It helps to relax the nervous system, reduce stress and create a state of tranquillity that promotes restful sleep.
Detoxifying and revitalising the skin: The warm oils and massage movements used in Ayurvedic therapy help detoxify the skin and improve its appearance. Massage helps to hydrate and nourish the skin, giving it a healthy and radiant appearance.