What is Ayurvedic massage?

Ayurvedic massage is a form of somatic therapy.  It is a luxurious treatment and a great way to relax your body and mind. There are three 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

What are the benefits of Ayurvedic massage?

In terms of physical symptoms, these are the benefits of Ayurvedic massage:

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

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.

What oils do you used?

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).

What are the 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 an important part of detox and fertility programmes.

Are there any contraindications for Ayurvedic massage?

Any massage with oils should be avoided if you have high fever, severe heart or kidney disease, acute indigestion, if you are undergoing deep X-ray or radiotherapy. Importantly, if you dislike oil or touch, Ayurvedic massage is best avoided. When in doubt, please ask.