In Ayurvedic medicine, massages are therapeutic tools in their own right!
These are individualized massages that will depend on the imbalance and underlying need of the person. In principle, all Ayurvedic massage should be preceded by a consultation with a practitioner.
- Calms the nervous system, and soothes the body and mind, specifically the Vata dosha imbalance.
- Improves blood and lymphatic circulation.
- Facilitates the elimination of toxins from the body.
- Enhance the circulation of energies.
- abhyanga: treatment with warm Ayurvedic oil.
- external basti: external local care
- garshan: care of frictions practiced with or without oil
- marmas: care of energy points
- pindasvedana: care with pouches
- pizhichil: care with oil that combines heat and sweat
- shirodhara, takradhara : relaxing forehead treatment
- svedana: treatment revolving around sweating
- udvartana: friction treatment with dried herbal powders
- vishesh: muscle toning treatment
In general, people:
- vata type = a massage with warm, nourishing oil. Slow, enveloping, steady and grounding massage.
- pitta type = a refreshing stimulating, quick and deep massage with less oil used.
- kapha type = a stimulating dry massage or with very little oil to reactivate the lymphatic system and re-energize the body.