Imagine you’ve had a very hectic day at work. When you set foot at home, what if somebody offers to do some good massage for you? Doesn’t reading this already entice you? Surely, that is the power of body massages. While it was always believed that massages are restricted to spa treatments, Ayurvedic massages have been in existence since ancient times.
Ayurvedic massages are mostly a part of the treatments offered by this branch of medicine. Having said that, it is a perfect blend of pressure and vibration with aromatic or warm oils that can do wonders for your health. Ayurvedic massages not only help in relieving pain, but also help in regulating blood circulation and enhancing overall body wellness.
Ayurvedic Massages and You
Here are 3 of the many Ayurvedic massages that you must try:
- Shirodhara: As the name suggests, ‘dhara’ means a flow. Shirodhara is a head massage where a constant stream of dhara of medicated oil is constantly poured on the scalp in order to treat the nerves irregularities or pain in the head. It treats fatigue or nerve problems. Other benefits include eliminating mental fatigue, severe headaches and can help in improving concentration and focus.
- Abhyanga: Abhyangam or abhyanga is a body massage with hot herbal oil, specially meant for the patient’s condition. This massage works due to the temperature of oil and the pressure applied to specific points. These points stimulate different energy centers. Its benefits include improved blood circulation, calming of nerves, strengthening joints, bones and muscles, nourishment of entire body, improved sleep and increased stamina. This is also helps in removing toxins from the body.
- Njavarakizhi: By far, this is one of the most unique massages for the body. This Ayurvedic massage is offered to boost perspiration in order to remove toxins from the skin. It is performed by experts with great care. The body is given fomentation with a bolus of cooked Njavara rice which has therapeutic properties. This bolus is dipped in cow’s milk and a herbal paste made of kurunthothhi. Four such boluses are made and tied up in linen bags. The body is massaged with these boluses by two attendees standing on either side of the person. These are these applied to the body or specific part to boost the production of sweat. This also helps in revitalizing the senses. Especially useful for joint stiffness and prevents premature ageing.
These massages are of great help in terms of rejuvenating your body as well as mind. Hence, you must try them for sure.
Aishwarya Iyer is a chai-vanist, Murakami fan, considerate companion and a bubbly speaker with a fanaticism for fitness.