Ayurvedic Massage

August 20, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

You may have read about Ayurveda and Ayurvedic massage in popular magazines. Perhaps you’ve taken a “Constitutional Quiz” to find out if you are Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. So, what does it mean? How can knowing this help?

Ayurveda is the 5000 year-old, tried and true holistic healing system of India. Each person is evaluated for the conditions of their health and their lifestyle is assessed as an individualized picture concerned with finding the causes for imbalances that causes unease in the body.

Ayurvedic massage plays an important part in this system of health. So much so, that it has captured the imagination of the American massage community. K.P. Khalsa says, “It’s a bounty of outstanding, effective, thoroughly proven techniques that help people get healthy and stay healthy.”
Ayurvedic massage is an integral part (along with diet and lifestyle) of an Ayurvedic treatment plan. Daily oil massage is believed to be indispensible to good health. Newborns and their mothers are given massage. Massage is considered to be essential to keeping the body supple, strong and in good working condition during the productive middle years. For the aging, warm oil massage relieves stiffness and drying and promotes vigor. All people are encouraged to do daily warm oil massage. It produces a healthy body, glowing appearance and a happy mind.

The chief concern of Ayurvedic massage, besides making you feel wonderfully relaxed, is the removal of ama. Ama is a sticky, nasty residue of improperly digested foods that clogs the tissues, energy channels and the mind. The impact of ama in the body is increased by the stresses of everyday life,  poor diet and lifestyle practices. Ama is oil soluble, and is loosened and dissolved by the application of oil coupled with the warmth and friction generated by massage. The massage techniques include long sweeping strokes over the long bones and warming, circling strokes around the joints to help get the ama moving so that it can be eliminated from the body. Careful attention is paid to the head, the feet, and the belly. Small circular thumb strokes detail certain marma energy points where stuck energy needs moving or healing needs to occur. The friction of the practitioners’ hands creates heat; add hot oil and the pores open to accept the healing oil. Cleansing taken to new heights.  It feels wonderfully invigorating!

Because Ayurvedic massage involves so much more than just a “good rub,” be sure to find a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor to advise you on your individual Ayurvedic massage and treatment. Ahead a new rejuvenated you awaits!

Patricia Tedeschi, Owner of Better Botanicals

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