“Therapeutic massages are given as a part of Yoga and Ayurveda Therapy”
By practicing nonviolence, tolerance, contentment, forgiveness, staying away from malice, jealousy, envy, by taking a good vegetarian diet and by periodical beauty massages, yoga asanas and pranayama, one can rejuvenate the body and maintain natural health and beauty.
Therapeutic massages are given with a thorough knowledge of marmas, or Indian pressure points, and doshas. Marma bindus are also called muqame makhsoos in Urdu. Massage of marma bindus helps body recover fast to a state of health by helping balancing of vata, pitta and kapha. It has a definitive role to play in various chronic diseases. Various oils are used for massage, like sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil, mustard oil etc. Some of the representative massages are mentioned below.
Abyanga massage is Yoga’s principal healing tool and the mother of all massages. It is a whole body massage given with herbal oils customized to your body type (vata,pitta,kapha) to detoxify, nourish and revitalize the body tissues (Dhatus). Abhyanga has much deeper and more far reaching effects than ordinary massage using mineral oils and lotions. Abhyanga achieves deepest healing effects by naturally harmonizing Mind, Body & Spirit. This massage is usually given for one hour and may be followed by a herbal bath or medicated steam bath (Sweda). It is one of the most rejuvenating treatments of Yoga. Marma bindu massage without using oil is also quite effective therapeutically.
Benefits: Increases tissue strength, improves blood circulation, rejuvenates the whole body, removes cellulite, beautifies the skin, anti aging, helps sleep better, promotes vitality, reduces vata imbalance, stress and toxins and balances vata, pitta and kapha.
In Shirodhara, medicated warm oil/herbal decoctions/medicated milk/buttermilk is continually poured on the forehead for 20 to 30 minutes. This procedure often induces a completely relaxing and rejuvenating mental and physical state. It deeply revitalizes the central nervous system.
Benefits: Anxiety, Depression, Epilepsy, Hypertension, Diabetic Neuropathy, Central Nervous System, Hemiplegia Paraplegia, Strengthens the sensory organs, Insomnia, Pre-mature graying of the hair & hair loss Mental retardation, Paralysis, Stress.
This is a special treatment in which the eyes are bathed in pure medicated ghee (refined butter). This treatment is recommended between 8- 15 minutes.
Benefits: Relieves the strain due to constant glaring to the Computer & TV screen, Refractive errors of the eyes, Chronic Conjunctivitis Corneal Ulcer, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye diseases due to aggravation of Vata and Pitta toxins, Glaucoma, Helps in preventing early formation of Cataract, Improper co-ordination and loss of movement of the eye balls, Pain and burning sensation in the eyes.
It is a special cleansing technique of pouring herbal potions in a continuous stream over the eyes for 10-20 minutes.
Benefits: A soothing technique to relax strained eyes, Cooling and refreshing, Delays cataract formation Helps in treating chronic Conjunctivitis, Improves eye sight, Makes the eyes sparkle.
To balance the doshas and ailments of a person, Sweda or medicated herbal steam bath opens the pores and flushes and cleanses the system through the skin. It is usually very effective when taken after Abhyanga.
Benefits: Reduces pain in the body, Eliminates toxins, Promotes lightness, Reduces stiffness, Beautifies the skin, Removes the Cellulite.
Full body Ubtan massage is a nice way to restore the beauty of the body. A full course is for forty days. Ubtan is a paste made from nuts and flowers to which herbs and spices are added. Ubtan is applied all over the body and allowed to dry and then removed with lukewarm water. Along with a special diet, relaxing music and incense, it is a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Benefits: Increases tissue strength, improves blood circulation, rejuvenates the whole body, removes cellulite, beautifies the skin, anti aging, helps sleep better, promotes vitality, Reduces Vata imbalance, stress and toxins and balances vata, pitta and kapha.
This is a highly effective anti aging / rejuvenation massage using a special type of rice that is cooked, and dipped into herbal warm milk, then skillfully massaged all over the body.
Benefits: Paralytic strokes, Anti-aging & rejuvenating, Strengthens tissues, Body ache, Emaciation, Debility Monoplegia, Osteo Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Special herbal paste is pasted on the head for 30-45 minutes.
Benefits: Headache, Depression, Hyper active conditions, Burning sensation in the eyes, Insomnia, Skin disorders.
Special Medicated oil according to the body type is applied to the head for 30-45 minutes in a special manner.
Benefits: Facial palsy, Headache, Insomnia, Improves memory, Dermatitis of the scalp, Dandruff, Other neurological disorders Paralysis, Skin disorders such as Eczema.
This basti is applied to the umbilical region. It acts on the solar plexus and balances the digestive fire.
Benefits: Indigestion, Constipation.
Patra Pinda Sweda
A highly rejuvenating treatment in which fresh plants are fried with several other herbal ingredients which are tied and, dipped into warm medicated oil and massaged all over the body for one hour. It is applied after Abhyanga.
Benefits: Chronic back pain, Loss of function of a part or whole limb, Joint stiffness and swellings, Muscular pain, Anti-aging & rejuvenating Sciatica, Spondylosis, Sprains and cramps.
Medicated oil/medicated milk is poured onto the body in continuous streams while being gently massaged by four therapists for one hour. It is extremely soothing and relaxing. It acts as a free radical scavenger, toning, strengthening and deeply rejuvenating the whole body.
Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) after exposure to a viral or bacterial infection, Increases Ojus & Body Immunity, Anti-aging & rejuvenating Alleviates the burning sensation in the body, Ensures better circulation, Helps to recover from paralysis, Promotes healing of fractures.
Udvartana (Weight loss Massage)
This is a specialized herbal treatment for weight reduction. An herbal paste or powder is applied all over the body and deeply massaged with specific movements by two therapists for one hour.
Benefits: Toning the skin & muscle after child birth or weight loss, Removes Cellulite, Obesity, Weight reduction, Imparts good complexion to the skin, Revitalizes the sense of touch, Removes Kapha toxins from the body.
This revitalizing treatment is given immediately after Abhyanga. A continuous pouring of a warm herbal decoction all over the body and simultaneous massaging is performed for 45 minutes, at the same time Shirodhara is also given. This therapy removes Kapha and Vata toxins.
Benefits: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo Arthritis, Varicose Veins, Improves circulation, Improves skin complexion Relieves body pain.
This is a very unique whole body massage using feet instead of hands. It is performed for one hour.
Benefits: Removes deep seated pain in the joints and bones, Deeply relaxing, Helps in removing toxins from deeper tissues, Removes excess of fat.
A soothing massage of the head, neck & shoulder for 15-30 minutes using warm herbal oils.
Benefits: Insomnia, Brings sound sleep, Cooling to the eyes, Headache, Removes dandruff, Pre-mature graying & hair loss, Profoundly soothing and relaxing.
A very stimulating massage of the lower legs and the feet for 30 minutes to activate the acupressure points.
Benefits: Improves the eyes, Soothing and cooling to the eyes, Alleviates burning of the eyes, Induces deep sleep, Improves luster of the skin, Smoothens cracked skin of the feet, Hyper tension, Relieves tiredness of the feet.
A special technique of bathing the head for 45 minutes in medicated oils using a special apparatus.
Benefits: Anxiety, Facial paralysis, Insomnia, Neurological disorders, Psychological disorders, Skin disorders such as Eczema & Psoriasis, Stress.
An herbal paste with oil is applied to the head for 45 minutes.
Benefits: Insomnia, Gives cooling effect to the head, Burning sensation of the scalp, Improves eye sight, Skin disorders, Relieves headache.
This procedure is applied over the heart for 20 minutes using warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions.
Benefits: Strengthening of the heart, Relieves deep seated anger and sadness, Cardio Myopathy.
In this treatment the knee is bathed in warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions, taking 20 to 30 minutes. It promotes the strength of the knee joint by improving the circulation.
Benefits: Pain of knee joint, Osteo Arthritis of the knee joint.
Bathing the back of the neck using warm medicated oil or herbal decoction for 20 to 30 minutes.
Benefits: Cervical Spondylitis, Chronic pain in the neck region, Compression fractures.
A special technique aimed at providing relief to the lower back using warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions when bathing the lower back for 20 to 30 minutes.
p style=”text-align: justify;”>Benefits: Chronic and acute backaches, Prolapsed disc, Lumbar Spondylosis, Osteoporosis, Sciatica.