What is Ayurvedic massage?

Ayurvedic massage is a luxurious treatment and a great way to relax and cleanse your body and mind. There are four main constituents that make this type of massage very special and effective:

  • application of massage techniques
  • oleation with medicated oils
  • being in a warm safe setting
  • marma point* treatment

*Marma points are those specific points on the body where multiple tissues connect (i.e. ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood and lymph vessels, fascia etc). They are related to acupressure and reflexology points but there are some differences.

Unlike some other forms of massage, Ayurvedic massage does not involve any painful manipulations because pain does not help the body to relax and let go of the stress and tension within.

What are the benefits of Ayurvedic massage?

Some benefits of Ayurvedic massage are listed below.

improves circulation of the bodily fluidsslows down ageing
promotes joint flexibilityproperly hydrates and nourishes the body
improves muscle toneimproves the texture of the skin
strengthens the bodyreduces fatigue
reduces pains and achesdiminishes anxiety and panic
improves digestiondecreases effects of chronic stress
removes excess windactivates the parasympathetic nervous system helping improve recovery from stress
relieves constipationhelps non-verbal processing of emotions and traumatic experience
soothes ailments caused by wind and mucusrestores the movement of Prana in the body
aids resistance to disharmony and diseasepromotes sleep, helps against insomnia

These effects have been observed by Ayurvedic physicians for several thousand years and some of them have already been confirmed by modern scientific research.

In Ayurvedic terms, oil massage acts primarily on Vata Dosha, 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. To achieve lasting effects, massage or self-oleation should be practised regularly.

Ayurvedic massage is especially recommended by 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 an important part of detox and fertility programmes.

What oils are used?

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).

Are there any contraindications for Ayurvedic massage?

In general, any massage should be avoided if you have high fever, high blood pressure, severe heart or kidney disease, acute indigestion, if you are undergoing deep X-ray or radiotherapy. When in doubt, please consult your primary care provider. Importantly, if you dislike oil or touch, this type of massage is best avoided.

What people say about Ayurvedic massage

“Don’t remember when I felt this alive and centered.”

“I could feel my frozen shoulder for the first time in years.”

“Greatly relaxing experience – I felt incredibly safe and warm.”

“After the massage I felt grounded and very much in my body.”

“I forgot all my worries that were bugging me on the way to the massage.”

Booking and prices

To make an appointment or ask a question please call 07564 720352 (Mon-Fri 10:00 – 18:00), e-mail info@1000milestherapy.com or use the contact form.

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