Ayurvedic massage is one of the traditional Indian massages we provide at Kalari Ayurveda Centre. As a classical treatment in Ayurveda, it has a healing, cleansing and revitalising effect on your body.
What is Ayurvedic Massage?
Ayurvedic massage involves the application of warm herbalised oils to rejuvenate and balance your body.
Ayurvedic massage is one of the many techniques used in Ayurveda for both treatment and prevention of disease. Originating in India, Ayurveda is one of the oldest, most comprehensive medicine systems in the world.
Ayurvedic massage can be carried out as a single treatment or it can be used as a preparation for, or along with, other treatments.
Depending on your condition, other treatments such as Shirodhara, Swedana, Kizhi and Nasya can be given along with Ayurvedic massage to enhance the effects. Ayurvedic herbal medicine and dietary restrictions may also be prescribed if necessary.
Provides a revitalising and balancing effect for your body and mind.
Stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems to facilitate the removal of toxins.
Soothes the nervous system and aids the body's immune system.
Nourishes the skin and deeper tissues of the body.
Provides a relaxing effect, decreasing mental and physical tension.
Increases energy levels and removes fatigue.
Benefits sleep patterns.
Balances all the doshas with a pacifying effect on Vata dosha.
Ayurvedic Massage Method
Ayurvedic massage involves the application of large quantities of warm herbalised oil. The herbal oil is selected according to your condition and is applied with sweeping flowing strokes. The correct choice of oil is what determines the effectiveness of a traditional Ayurvedic massage.
In Ayurvedic massage, the emphasis is on the benefits of the herbal oil application rather than deep pressure massage.
For conditions requiring deep tissue massage, Kalari Marma Massage is recommended as it combines herbal oil application with specialised massage techniques, Kizhi (herbal poultices) and Marma applications.
Massage with Ayurvedic Herbal Oils
Herbal oil is a transport mechanism for delivering herbs into the deeper tissues. When the warmed herbal oils are applied in a treatment, the pores of the skin are opened due to the warmth. This allows the healing properties of the herbs to more deeply penetrate the affected tissues.
Ayurvedic herbal oils are made by cooking selected herbs into a base oil, such as black sesame or coconut oil. It is the particular combination of herbs used and their ratio that determines the specific actions of the herbal oil.
All our Ayurvedic herbal oils are made in Kerala, in Southern India. They strictly follow the recipes in the classical Ayurvedic texts such as Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridayam, Sahasra Yogam, etc.
Other treatments that can be used in conjunction with Ayurvedic Massage
Depending on the purpose of the Ayurvedic massage, various treatments can be given along with this massage to enhance the effects such as:
Swedana (Herbal steam therapy) is the process of inducing sweat with the help of steam, generated from herbal decoctions. Heat makes it easier for toxins to be released from the tissues, so Swedana after oil massage will maximise the detoxification.
Shirodhara involves the pouring of warm herbalised oil over your forehead from a hanging pot. It is a powerful treatment for reducing stress and nervous tension. The benefits of Shirodhara are enhanced after an oil massage when the body is already relaxed.
Kizhi is a bundle of medicinal herbs, heated in oil and applied to the body. The hot oil activates the medicine within the Kizhi allowing it to be absorbed deep into the muscles. Kizhi (also known as Pinda Sweda) promotes the removal of inflammatory blocks, improving circulation and reducing body stiffness and pain.
Nasya involves the administration of herbal oils through the nasal passage. Nasya is a powerful cleansing technique of the sinuses and the effects are increased after a massage.