What Is an Ayurvedic Massage?

August 6, 2019

Ayurvedic massage therapy combines the 5,000-year-old Indian Ayurvedic principle (life science) and pressure points. The purpose of this type of massage is to establish a balance between thought, body and spirit and help the body heal itself. It is sometimes referred to as “oil massage” because it usually combines warm herbal essential oils with time-tested and unconventional strokes to meet individual needs.

What is the difference between Ayurvedic massage and other massages?
There are several factors that make Ayurvedic massage different from other types of massage, such as Thai and Swedish:

Ayurvedic oil
In Ayurveda, the five elements found in all living things – space, air, fire, water and earth – are considered the basis of life. These combine to create three principles of psychology called “doshas” in the body: Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Everyone inherits a unique combination of three dosha, albeit usually more dominant. Ayurveda controls people’s physical and emotional health by balancing celestial bodies.

During the Ayurvedic massage, the organic oil mixture is infused with Ayurvedic herbs and heated to promote relaxation and detoxification. These oils were chosen to balance the dominant dosha of people. At the right temperature, these oils enter the body through the skin and pores, bind to ama (toxins), and then release to detoxify the body.

In contrast, Swedish massage mainly uses oil to promote skin relaxation. Thai massage does not use oil, which is why people can keep clothes during this massage.

Energy and intention
Ayurvedic therapists focus on removing energy pathways from the body, moving and expelling toxins, and balancing chakras (energy centers).

Thai massage can also take advantage of the body’s energy center. However, in Swedish massage, the method focuses more on core anatomy and physiology than on the body’s energy lines.

Specific action
The style and flow of Ayurvedic massage depends on individual needs. Massage therapists often use massage techniques, including tapping, kneading and squeezing, as well as traditional massage methods. The mobile process can be done quickly or according to people’s needs. The overall approach increases circulation and lymphatic drainage. Some spas offer two therapists, one working at the same time.

In addition to being pulled, stretched and swayed, the Thai massage also has a compression effect that can be directly entered into the muscle tissue by hand or finger. Thai massage is usually done on the mat on the floor, and the person receiving the massage wears loose or elastic clothes. The massage therapist also moves the entire body of the patient to a different extended position on the mat. The focus of the Swedish massage is to relieve muscle tension by soft, long and kneading movements on the topmost muscles and brisk, regular tapping action. This is also combined with the movement of the joints.

What are the types of Ayurvedic massage?
There are several types of Ayurvedic massage. Some of the more popular therapies are:

Abiyanga (abee-yan-ga)
Abhyanga is one of the most traditional Ayurvedic therapies, using friction-based strokes and warm dosha special oils. When the oil is massaged into the skin, it penetrates into the tissue, releasing toxins at the cellular level. This type of massage promotes blood circulation, enhances immune system function, and creates deep relaxation in mind and body.

Gaanda-darva
Gandharva combines touch and sound therapy to improve energy flow. During this massage, the therapist uses warm herbal oil and a crystal singing bowl to vibrate and change the body’s cells. This treatment promotes vitality and well-being.

Mama
The Mama point is a vital life or energy point between the body, mind and emotion. During the Mama massage, dosha-specific essential oils are combined with a slight circular contact to stimulate these energy points. Marma massage awakens the body’s internal healing system, manipulating subtle energy or stress, relieving stiff muscles and promoting blood circulation.

Odyssey Ayurvedic Massage Treatment
This treatment consists of five Ayurvedic therapies designed to work on the entire system, including mental, physical and energetic. Completed by one or two massage therapists. It begins with Garshana (a dry glove exfoliating), begins the detoxification process, stimulates the lymphatic system, and prepares the skin to absorb oil.

Then there is Abhyanga, whose body is covered with warm herbal oil and has a frictional stroke from the scalp to the toes, allowing oil to enter the tissue to relax and dispel ama (toxins). Next, Vishesh is slow, deep, and penetrating strokes to promote relaxation. End treatment with Marsha (see above) and chakra balance using essential oils unique to dosha.

Pizichilli (pitzi-chilli)
Pizichilli is usually performed by two massage therapists. Sometimes called “oil bath”, because the continuous warming of herbal oil will smoothly enter the human body in rhythm. This treatment warms, lubricates and nourishes the skin to promote blood circulation, eliminate toxins and purify the body.

Shirodhara (City City)
Shirodhara is a contemplative and serene treatment centered on a soothing gentle oil flow, gently poured over the forehead and onto the third eye chakra, a vibrant intuition center, also known as Ajna. It is well known that this therapy calms the central nervous system and integrates the body and mind. After going through shirodhara, some people said that they felt a sense of tranquility.

Vishesh(vi-shesh)
Vishesh is another rhythmic massage technique. It uses a firm, slow stroke to stretch the contracted muscles, break the adhesions and help release deep impurities. Use very little oil. If you clean after Abhyanga massage, you can remove a lot of surface oil. This allows for a higher level of friction on the skin and deeper contact with the tissue. After receiving the Vishesh massage, some said they felt light, relaxed and relaxed.

Which Ayurvedic massage is best for each Dosha?
In Ayurveda, imbalances can be resolved through their opposites, so most Ayurvedic massage methods focus on one’s main dosha.

Kafa
When the Kapha types are balanced, they have a firm body, vitality, healthy digestion and overall calm. Kaphas is comfortable with the stressors in life. However, excessive Kapha dosha can cause drowsiness, obesity, apathy and depression. Indigestion can cause allergies and respiratory problems. As a result, Kaphas may become stubborn and difficult to change.

Due to the tendency to sleepiness, Kaphas usually benefit from deep tissue, irritating massages such as Vishesh. Learn about other types of massages and treatments that help Kaphas.

Pita
When balancing, pita tends to be happy, friendly and full of energy. They tend to be medium in size and weight and have a strong ability to digest. As long as you balance, Pitta’s mind will be clear and focused. However, Pittas loses balance, lacks concentration, and increases stomach acid, which can lead to ulcers, thirst, irritability, temper, fever and inflammation.

Ayurvedic massages (such as Abhyanga and Odyssey) can help appease Pittas by releasing toxins and calming the central nervous system. Learn about other massages and treatments that can calm Pittas.

Vata
Vata is always energetic and creative anytime, anywhere. When Vatas are in balance, they become lively and enthusiastic, with a slim frame and excellent agility. When energy suddenly bursts, they may suddenly feel tired. When Vata dosha is out of balance, it manifests itself in weight loss, constipation, high blood pressure, arthritis, weakness, agitation and indigestion.

Shirodhara, Odyssey and Marma help balance Vata. Learn about other massages and treatments that may soothe Vatas.

If someone accepts a massage that is not suitable for their dosha, it can lead to greater imbalances in body and emotion. If you don’t know what your dosha is, take this dosha test to find out the answer to make sure you find the right massage option for you.

What are the benefits of Ayurvedic massage?
Just as Ayurveda focuses on prevention, the same is true of Ayurvedic massage. In general, Ayurvedic massage can help:

Enhance body awareness
Clear physiological and energy pathways
Create deep relaxation
Detoxification and cleaning
Enhance immunity
Help people with the disease improve their overall health
Improve blood circulation
Increase vitality, rejuvenate and repair
Keep healthy people healthy
Balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Promote skin health
relieve pressure
Soothing mind and body
Ideally, massage combined with other Ayurveda principles (such as diet and nutrition) and exercise can bring the greatest benefits.