Ayurveda · Complementary Therapy · Holistic Treatments · Massage

What is Ayurvedic Massage – and how can it benefit me?

Recently I have seen an increase in requests for my Ayurvedic Massage treatments. Much to my delight, it seems that Ayurvedic treatments are now in the health and wellbeing spotlight more than ever before.

When I first trained in Ayurvedic technique in 2007 it was more of an introduction as part of my original holistic therapy qualification, but I was hooked from the start! Later, in 2012 I was very lucky to receive in-depth training in full body Ayurvedic massage, Ayurvedic facials and Ayurvedic Aromatherapy massage with an amazing teacher who was also a yogi. She gave me the inspiration to pursue my interest in the treatments at a time when it seemed not many people had heard of Ayurveda.

It is now one of my favourite treatments to give and is very close to my heart. For those who are intrigued, here are a few Ayurvedic Massage facts:

  • Ayurvedic massage is part of the Ayurvedic Medicine system which is a traditional Indian medicine system that is thousands of years old. This system also encompasses yoga, nutritional supplements and meditation.
  • Ayurvedic massage seeks to promote good health through bringing your mind, body and spirit back to a balanced state that is authentic to you.
  • The massage itself is known for being one of invigoration and detoxification but can be tailored directly to the client’s needs.
  • Ayurvedic massage works by using techniques that feed and stimulate the Marma points (or energy points) of the body to nourish and rejuvenate.

How do Marma Points work ? (as described by Ayurveda Pura)

  • In Ayurveda energy centres of the body are called Marma points.

Ayurvedic massage can help improve health and wellbeing

  • Under normal circumstances, energy should flow uninterrupted through the Nadis ( channels of the subtle body) while passing through the Marma points.
  • Due to external influences like stress, tension, lack of rest etc energy tends to get blocked in Marma points. This results in symptoms of stress and strain.
  • Blockage of these points will also result in early aging and many other ailments. Treating these Marma points will also help to prevent diseases or if there is any, it will help to treat or cure them.

What else makes the treatment different from other types of massage?

  • The massage is informed by your ‘doshic constitution.’ Your particular constitution will be worked out by filling out an Ayurvedic questionnaire prior to start of your treatment. This will tell the massage therapist which dosha you are dominant in, Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Most people are a combination of two doshas. Based on this dosha assessment the treatment will be tailored to your needs.
  • It is also performed using traditional Indian oils for massage, such as sesame, coconut, mustard, sunflower and ghee, depending on your constitution.
  • Traditional Ayurvedic massage is a ‘same sex’ treatment meaning that traditionally only women can treat women and men can only treat men.

Who benefits from this treatment?

If you feel depleted, and not just a physical and mental level, but also on an emotional and spiritual level, Ayurvedic massage can really help to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the mind and spirit. It can be an emotionally nurturing massage which I highly recommend for people who are in need of some nourishment, grounding and revitalisation.

To find out more about the Ayurvedic massage packages that I offer, you can visit my website. For more information on Ayurveda I can recommend any of the books written by author Dr. David Frawley who is a Vedic teacher, astrologer, yogi and Ayurvedic doctor.

Thanks for reading!

Namaste.

References

Ayurvedapura.com

Dr. Frawley, D, Dr Ranade, S, and Dr, Lele, A. (2003) Ayurveda and Marma Therapy, Energy Points in Yogic Healing. Wisconsin: Lotus Press.

 

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