- by Dr. Mini Nair
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- Feb 17 2017
Few Varieties of Ayurvedic Massage
The word Ayurveda means the Science of Life. It helps in dealing with each and every feature of human life. Its foremost aim is to maintain the happiness & health of the person, also to manage and rejuvenate the condition of health and effective state of mind. Ayurveda offers fantastic tools for improved life style. It renders equal significance to our body, mind and soul; therefore works with comprehensive approach.
Types of Ayurvedic Massage:
AYURVEDIC ABHYANGA (MASSAGE)
Depending on your body type, the Ayurvedic doctor will select the ayurvedic oils to be used in the massage. Oils will add the benefits to the massage. It reduces the stress, enhances circulation and eases tight muscles. These ayurvedic oils have a refreshing effect as they also helps in removing impurities. They are also helpful in reducing the dandruff & hair-loss, it conditions the scalp, and improves the sleep and recovers the eyesight. This kind of delight helps in complete protective measure against many diseases connected to the Vata dosha.
This massage is more effectual when performed by two therapists. There is a lot of oil utilized in the massage and these massages are done from man to man and woman to woman only.
In this massage, they pour warm oil from a unique type of vessel known as Kindi, kept few inches above the body while a massager performs the massage. Because this massage works to equalize out Vata Dosha, the medicated oil used in this massage depends on the patient’s condition. The heat from the oil induces sweat which is required to equalize Vata Dosha. This massage type is essential for those suffering from rigidity in the body, monoplegia, fractures, hemiplegia, paralysis and paraplegia.
This is a uniques type of a massage which is meant to increase the sweating in the body. This is usually a form practiced in Kerala where after applying the medicated oil, pressure-tight massage is given to the patient with the help of small cotton blouses filled with a particular type of cooked rice called Njavara. During this massage, these blouses are soaked in cow’s milk and a specific herbal paste is applied to produce sweat. This is not only beneficial for the skin but is also a very de-stressing, refreshing and revitalizing massage.
This massage is performed on the legs below the knees which helps in improving the circulation till the end. It is useful for diabetes. It augments joint mobility and muscle tightness and it is beneficial in de-stressing.
The word Shiro means head and dhara is a constant flow of warm ayurvedic oil. This oil is specially selected by the ayurvedic doctor. Buttermilk can also be chosen for dhara, however it depends on the condition of the patient. Shirodhara entangles an uninterrupted stream of oil that is nicely swayed on the forehead which relaxes the nervous system entirely and soothes the mind. It is very advantageous in the conditions like insomnia, hypertension, anxiety & psychiatric problems. It is also very effectual for paralysis, senile dementia & other neurological disorders. It enhances the memory as well.
This is a unique Ayurvedic treatment which is used to set right the corrupted transforms in the retina and lens of the eyes, to strengthen or support the optic nerve, ciliary muscles & to rectify the refractive fallacies in diabetic retinopathy, etc.
For the diseases in the head area, Pichu is a palliative treatment. Due to Vata disorders in the cranial nerves, it is good for the recovery of that disease. The treatment is titled after the pleated piece of cloth which is used to cover the crown known as the pichu.
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