Ancient Wisdom: Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

India, the country that invented algebra, trigonometry and developed that little mathematical constant known as pi, is also the country that formulated the world’s first dynamic system of medicine, known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda, the study of the science of life, offers natural, preventive and curative measures to facilitate optimal physical, mental and spiritual well being. Among the numerous components of Ayurveda are proper diet, yoga, meditation and massage. Ayurvedic massage is believed to not only provide therapy to muscles, joints and bones, but it’s also thought to help eradicate emotional and mental problems as well.

All massage treatments in Ayurveda are prescribed based upon dosha type (bodily constitution), which a trained Ayurvedic doctor can determine. The three doshas in Ayurveda are Vata (dryness, coolness), Pitta (heat, absorption) and Kapha (water, lubrication). Everyone is made up of all three doshas, but most people have more of one or two. Such an imbalanced state does not facilitate optimal health; tri- dosha balance, according to Ayurveda, is the well-being that everyone should seek. Ayurvedic massage is one of the tools that can be utilized to help achieve this balance.

One of the primary features of Ayurvedic massage is the special oils utilized during the treatment. The type of oil used is determined by a patient’s dosha type; a person who is higher in Vata might receive a sesame oil massage; Pitta would receive coconut oil; and Kapha would get a mustard or olive oil rubdown. These base oils each have unique properties that can balance the doshas; they might further be infused with other oils like bringaraj or brahmi to treat specific aggravations of one or more doshas.

These days, many western spas are realizing the therapeutic benefits of Ayurvedic massage and incorporating some of the plethora of available Ayurvedic massage treatments into their offerings. One form of Ayurvedic massage that is quite popular is Champissage – a head massage that works to improve the circulation of blood in the head. Another one is Vishesh – a deep and vigorous massage that is performed simultaneously by two therapists.

If you’ve never had an Ayurvedic massage treatment, it’s well worth it to find a local spa that offers one and give it a try. It will likely be a different experience in comparison to say, a Swedish or Thai massage. Besides, the ancient Indians got math right so you might as well give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their unique massage offerings.

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