What is Ayurvedic Massage?
Ayurvedic massage involves the application of warm herbalised oils to rejuvenate and balance your body. 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 specialised massage techniques with kalari herbal oil, marma kizhi (herbal poultices) and marma applications.
- Poor circulation
- Low immunity
- 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.
Method for Ayurvedic Massage
Massage with Ayurvedic Herbal Oils
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.
Kizhi (Pinda Sweda) application
A Kizhi is a poultice that is densely packed with herbal ingredients and heated in warm herbal oil throughout the treatment. The Kizhi is massaged over the affected area or the whole body as required.
The warmth of the poultices, combined with the active ingredients of the herbs and oils, improves circulation and reduces body stiffness and pain.
The Kizhi ingredients, herbalised oils and massage techniques are all selected according to the type and cause of your pain.
There are many varieties of Kizhi and the name is given based on the ingredients tied within the poultice. The type of Kizhi used is chosen according to what is most suitable for your particular condition. Some of the Kizhis applied during an Ayurvedic massage are:
Ela Kizhi (Patra Pinda Sweda)
Naranga Kizhi (Jambeera Pinda Sweda)
Podi Kizhi (Choorna Pinda Sweda)
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 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.
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.
Price for Ayurvedic Massage
$85 – 60 minutes
$120 – 90 minutes
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Kalari Marma Massage
Kalari Ayurveda Centre uses the traditional Indian healing systems of Ayurveda and Kalari Chikitsa to effectively treat your aches, pains and injuries.