Udvartana is a treatment in Ayurveda in which specially prepared herbal paste or herbal powder is massaged over the body. It is a treatment used to support weight loss or detoxification programs.
What is Udvartana?
There are two types of Udvartana, and the ingredients used vary according to the condition:
Snigdha Udvartana: Is a massage with herbal paste (a combination of powdered herbs and oil).
Ruksha Udvartana: Is a dry massage with herbal powders.
In Sanskrit the word Udvartana means “tomove something in an upward direction". This refers to the upward massage strokes used during the massage. The brisk massage techniques, combined with the penetrating herbs, creates heat in the body to help liquify toxins, reduce fluid retention and increase circulation.
People on a weight loss or detoxification program.
People who are physically inactive.
Sluggish circulation and digestion.
Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular pain.
Conditions of stagnation, coldness and stiffness.
Benefits of Udvartana
Aids the body's elimination of wastes and toxins.
Helps with weight loss.
Stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Exfoliates and conditions the skin and enhances skin tone.
Increases the tone and strength of muscles.
Improves mobility of the joints and limbs.
Reduces Vata and Kapha.
Snigdha Urdvartana – Ayurvedic Paste Massage
This treatment begins by massaging warm herbalised oils into the body to prepare the skin for the herbal paste application. The heated herbal paste is then applied to the body with fast upward massage strokes.
Ruksha Urdvartana – Ayurvedic Powder Massage
The heated herbal powder is applied to the body with fast upward massage strokes. As this is a dry massage herbal oil isn’t applied during the treatment.
Depending on the purpose of the Urdvartana treatment it can be followed with a herbal steam to increase the detoxification benefits. Ayurvedic herbal medicine and diet modifications may also be prescribed.