- by Spandana Holistic, Ayurvedic clinic and Yoga Center
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- Oct 13 2017
ABHYANGA MASSAGE: TYPES & BENEFITS
Abhyanga (Massage) is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic massage used for healing and detoxifying the body, mind and spirit. An ayurvedic massage offers various benefits such as:
- Pacifies the doshas
- Reduces fatigue
- Builds stamina
- Increases relaxation
- Sound sleep
- Healthy skin
- Promotes longevity
- Nourishes the body
This detoxifying massage is done using a combination of herbal oils blended as per prakriti, constitution. Ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed in the morning, before you shower in order to facilitate the release of toxins.
Ayurvedic massage can be classified as per different places it works:
1. Sarvanga Abhyanga (Full body medicated oil massage)
In this therapy, the entire body is massaged using medicated oils to relax and strengthen the body, improve blood circulation, tone up the muscles, alleviate sleep and relieve pain.
2. Shiro Abhyanga – The Third Eye Massage
As the name suggests shiro abhyangam means head massage which focuses on areas most affected by stress such as the head, shoulders, neck, nervous system, vision and hearing. Medicated oil is applied on the scalp and massaged gently till the oil is soaked in the skin. Main attention is given on the head, shoulders and neck during massage.
It relaxes the nervous system and sense organs, eyes (vision), ears (improves hearing and reduces tinnitus type of symptoms) and skin (soothes skin). It is best and fastest remedy for tension headache and stress which is part and parcel of daily activities. It is suggested to do on regular basis. As per Ayurveda, main vital area of body called as marma is head. And this part is maintaining overall health.
Pada abhyanga means foot massage (Pada means foot and Abhyanga means massage). Here the warm medicated oil is applied on the soles and feet till the oil is soaked in the skin.
It reduces pain in leg, rejuvenates, increases energy levels, relaxes after long busy day and soothes the nervous system. Foot also has vital areas of body where the energies are getting channelized so the body stays fit for longer time.
Abhyanga can be a part of ayurvedic panchkarma and it can be practiced separately. Both ways it has immense benefits. Try abhyanga in any way to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and energized.
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