The benefits of Ayurvedic massage
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Ayurvedic massage is a form of somatic therapy and a great way to relax your body and mind. There are four main constituents that make this type of massage very special and effective:
- application of massage techniques
- activation of marma points
- oleation with high quality oils
- being in a warm and safe setting
The effects of Ayurvedic massage
In Ayurvedic terms, oil massage acts primarily on Vata, which is the most mobile of the three Doshas. Vata has the following qualities: cold, dry, rough, mobile, light, subtle/transparent. Applying warm oil diminishes all these qualities. In terms of physical symptoms, these are the benefits of Ayurvedic massage:
- improves circulation of the bodily fluids
- promotes joint flexibility
- improves muscle tone
- strengthens the body
- reduces pains and aches
- slows down ageing
- improves digestion
- removes excess wind
- relieves constipation (with regular massages)
- soothes ailments caused by wind and mucus
- aids resistance to disharmony and disease
- properly hydrates and nourishes the body
- improves the texture of the skin
- reduces fatigue
- diminishes anxiety and panic
- decreases effects of chronic stress
- activates the parasympathetic nervous system helping improve recovery
- helps non-verbal processing of emotions and traumatic experience
- restores the movement of Prana in the body
- induces sleep and dream, helps against insomnia
About the oils
In general, we follow the principle that only things that can be eaten should be applied to the skin. Ayurvedic massage is performed using high quality oils – plain or infused with medicinal herbs. Most oils are sesame oil based and are prepared in the UK or EU according to traditional Ayurvedic recipes. The oil is selected by the therapist according to your body type and your current needs. In case you have a sesame allergy, the sesame oil can be substituted with other suitable oils (almond, olive, coconut etc).
Indications for Ayurvedic massage
Ayurvedic massage is especially recommended when the following problems are present: overall dryness, cracking joints, cold intolerance, constipation, bloating, painful periods, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, chronic stress, aches and pains, congestion, stiffness etc. Ayurvedic massage is part of detox programmes and can be used to enhance fertility.
Contraindications for Ayurvedic massage
Massage with oils should be avoided if you have high fever, severe heart or kidney disease, indigestion, if you are undergoing deep X-ray therapy. Importantly, if you dislike oil or touch Ayurvedic massage is best avoided.
Oil application can still be done (avoiding local zones or adjusting techniques) if you have local acute inflammation, open wounds, skin diseases, recent fractures, severe varicose veins, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, thrombosis, and cancer.
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