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Ayurvedic Massages

Ayurvedic MassagesPanchkarma

The Ayurvedic massages help us to activate our internal resources. The skin is an abundant source of anti ageing hormones that the touch will release. Above all, the skin protects, nourishes and opens us to the external world. Oil massages nourishes, reinforces and soothes the skin and the tissues. The harmonizing movements in the Ayurvedic massage follow subtle path that guide us towards a fascinating and unique journey in ourselves.

All About Ayurvedic Massage

  • The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.
  • Ayurveda Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them.
  • Massage Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet.

Ayurvedic massage is a powerful tool with which you can build greater overall health. Ayurvedic massage helps for balance our Kapha dosha, Pitta dosha and Vata dosha. A person who are using ayurvedic massage on daily basis, will get smooth and beautiful skin and always feel youthful. And also find better sleep and easier, earlier mornings and it will help to keep his/her body free of illness and toxins.

Main types of Ayurveda massages

  • Abhyanga

  • Sirodhara

  • Pizhichil

  • Udwarthanam

  • Vashpaswedanam

  • Pinda Swedan (Patra Swedan)

(a) Snehan :

The first step of Panchkarma, saturates the body with herbal and medicated oils .It consists of two parts:

  • External Oilification :In this medicated oils are vigorously massaged into the body. Sesame oil is the primarily vegetable oil used for external application.
  • Internal Oilification : In this medicated oil are ingested. Herbalized ghee (clarified butter) is the main substance used for internal Oilification.

(b) Swedan :

In swedan body is made to undergo sudation or sweating by exposure to steam. With herbs added steam the body is made to perspire to loosen and excrete the toxins. Swedan is done locally or full body.

  • 1) Forced vomiting (Vaman) :

Vomiting (Vaman) is intended to the removal of “Kapha dosha“. It is not to be adopted for ‘Kapha’s only but necessarily in case of ‘kapha’s” conjunction with one or both ‘Doshas’s. Vaman is essential for in the case of food poisoning or other type of poisoning. Vaman employs certain emetic drugs that induce a severe spell of vomiting to clean the upper gut. Bronchial astma is prevented by periodically inducing ‘Vaman’.

  • 2) Purging (Virechan) :

Purging is a purifactory treatment as important as emisis or vomiting. ‘Virachan’ concentrates on the lower part of the gut and uses purgatives to clean the bowel. This procedure helps get rid of all three Doshas, though Pitta and Kapha benefit the most. To cure piles, boils, discolouration of face, jaundice, chronic fever, spleen enlargement cataract, intenstinal disorders, ailments of the womb, arthritis, haemothermia, constipation, diabetes, skin diseases, tumors, asthma cough, ailments in the head and many other diseases in the Ayurvedic way, purging is essential.

  • 3) Medical enema (Vasti) :

The classical Text ‘Ashtanga Hridaya’ says, “A purge properly carried out leads to clarity of intellect, power to the organs, elemental stability and glow to digestive fire and it delays aging”. Medical enema ‘Vasti’ predominates in the five course of treatment (Panchakrama). This is prescribed for ‘Vata’ dominated patients and helps to overcome all diseases, revives vital force, and rejuvanates body. The rectal lining is very permeable and the drug reaches the circulation directly without passing through liver. Ayurveda offers ‘Vasti’ as a therapy for several indications. These are digestive, evacuative, rejuvanative and health promotive ‘Vastis’. In general ‘Vastis’ tackle ‘Vata dosha’ the best way. The fluid for ‘Vasti’ is either medicinal decoction or herbal oil to suit the ailment. ‘Vasthi’ for the head gives extra ordinary relief for all ailments connected with ‘Vata’ in the head, ear ache, humming in the year, deafness, numbness of the head and all ailments based on the cranical nerves. This procedure is usually done for 7 days.

  • 4) Nasal administration of substances (Nasya) :

Nasya’ (Nasal administration of substances) is essential for more or less all the ailments above the neck. This is effective for many diseases like facial paralysis. ‘Nasya’ is of three types, purgative, nourishing and palliative. For each ailment a substance that gives desirable result is selected. By this procedure shoulders, neck and face will become dense and firm, the skin soft. All organs become firm and hair will not gray.


  • 5) Blood letting (Raktomochana) :

Blood letting (Raktamochana) is a therapy advised by Ayurveda to treat heart conditions and varicose veins. Ayurveda advocates the use of leeches applied ever alternate day to reduce venomous congestion. The digestive fire is low after the ‘panchakrama’. So the diet first should be liquid followed by solids.


(a) Pizhichil:

Indication: Arthritis, Paralysis, Hemiplegic, Paralysis, Sexual and nervous weakness.

Procedure: Luke warm herbal oils are applied all over the body and rhythmic massage is done for 60 – 90 minutes/day for 7 to 21 days.

(b) Njavarakizhi:

Indication: Rheumatism, Joint pain. Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Skin disorders

Procedure: A medicinal pudding in muslin cloth bags is applied all over the body for 60 – 90 minutes/ day for 14 days

(c) Kizhi:

Indication : Osteo arthritis, arthritis, spondilosis

Procedure : Application of luke warm medicaments and medicinal leaves in boluses on selected body parts.

(d) Yoni Prakshalanam:

Indication: Gynaecological problems.

Procedure: Vaginal application of herbal oils and decoction.

(e) Dhara:

Indication: Insomnia, mental tension, some skin ailments

Procedure: Herb enriched oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk are poured in a continuous steam on the forehead for 45 minutes every day for 7 to 21 days.

(f} Sirovasthi:

Indication: Facial paralysis, Dryness of mouth, throat, severe head ache.

Procedure: Herbal oils are retained in a cap filled on the head for 15 to 60 minutes every day for 7 days.

(g) Thalam:

Indication: ENT problems, migraine, insomnia.

Procedure: Herbal powder in oil/herbal juice is retained on the head for 30 to 45 minutes.

(h) Lepanam:

Indication: Inflammation of specific points.

Procedure: Application of herbal paste on the affiliated part.

(i) Karnapooranam:

Indication: Ear problems

Procedure: Application of herb enriched fumes to exterior ear

(j} Tharpanam:

Indication: Eye problems and strain of the optic nerve.

Procedure: Application of herb enriched preparation on the eye.

(k) Mukhalepam

A procedure to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. The procedure involves application of herb enriched face powders and creams.

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