AYURVEDA (ABHYANGA, SHIRODHARA, SHIROABHYANGA)
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system that aims to maintain the health of the mind and spirit, tailored to each individual person. Ayurvedic massage uses oils, movements and techniques chosen especially for you, your body and your skin type.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient lifestyle practice which aims to create harmony within the body. Practised widely in India, it works on the belief that all life forms have a “dosha” – a unique mix of energies known as “vata”, “pitta” and “kapha”. This is similar to the Western idea of elements – water, fire, earth, and so on.
What is Ayurvedic massage?
Ayurvedic massage uses essential oils that are chosen to suit your dosha. The massage techniques used include tapping, kneading and squeezing as well as the more traditional massage strokes you would expect. The style and flow of the massage is determined by who you are, and what your body needs for balance and wellbeing at the time. An Ayurvedic therapist is trained to focus on the “marma points” – similar to the pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure.
What is Ayurvedic massage good for?
When combined with other Ayurvedic principles (eating a range of food prescribed by one’s dosha, for example, or exercising at certain times of the day), the massage is designed to:* detoxify and cleanse* boost the effectiveness of the immune system* keep healthy people in good health* help those with medical conditions to improve their overall well-being.