Massages And Treatments Ayurvedics

Origins and principles of Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic massage is a discipline whose origins can be traced back to India in 3,000 BC.

This treatment uses techniques based on a holistic vision of well-being and aims to restore the full mind-body balance. This is achieved through the stimulation of the appropriate chakras, or energy centers, located in the human body.

The foundations of Ayurvedic Massage can be seen in traditional Indian medicine, literally called Ayurvedic. In the Sanskrit language Ayu means "longevity / life" while Veda indicates the sciences. Ayurveda can therefore be interpreted as the study and application of the techniques which allow us to obtain a long and harmonious life. Legend has it that it was Brahma, the deity of the Hindu trimurti in charge of creation, who gave this form of massage to human beings, in order to provide a tool to fight disease and stay healthy.

Within the sacred texts of Ayurvedic medicine there are two different types of massage:

  • Draining massage (Apatarpana)
  • Nutritional massage (Santapartana)

which, in turn, result in a variety of forms and techniques.
Among the most popular and widespread treatments in the field of Ayurveda massage, it is worth mentioning:

  • Pindaswana
    This particular type of massage is practised with the application of warmed cotton pouches (called Pinda) containing mixtures of medicinal herbs and fragrant spices. Pindaswana is able to give an intense feeling of relaxation and soothe problems related to rheumatism, arthritis and arthrosis. In addition, it is an excellent tool to combat joint and muscle pain.

  • Neera Abyngam
    This is a type of massage useful for weight loss and restoring physical form.  It promotes the drainage of stagnant liquid from the tissues, through manipulation with a delicate and light touch.

  • Shirodara
    In Sanskrit, Shirodara literally means "casting on the head" and in fact consists of pouring a special oil with medicinal properties onto the forehead area where the third eye is located. This practice is particularly indicated to relieve stress and disorders of the nervous system and metabolism.

  • Ubatana Antiage
    This treatment takes advantage of ancient Indian wisdom to give a renewed glow to the face and décolleté. It is practised with the use of mixtures of herbs, flours, spices and essential oils and is ideal for bringing elasticity and softness to the skin.

  • Marma Abyngam
    Also called "massage of the warrior", the Marma Abyngam exploits specific points of pressure distributed in the body to stimulate the free flow of prana in the body for the benefit of the vital organs and the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

  • Vasti Localized
    Vasti are treatments applied on specific points to alleviate disturbances or nuisances concentrated in localized areas. They consist of the application of medicated oils, preceded by massage and manipulation to prepare the affected part (such as cervical, back, abdomen, chest, knees, head and eyes).

Sequence of a Session

Traditionally, Ayurvedic massage takes place on a special wooden support divided into two portions intended to support the head and the body respectively. The treatment is carried out in an environment designed to facilitate stretching and relaxation, illuminated by soft lights and suffused with aromas and incense.

Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic massage regenerates the body and the psyche, encouraging self-healing processes and inner peace. Among the most common benefits include:

  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • Rebalancing of circulation
  • Postural correction
  • Muscle toning
  • Purification of toxins
  • Alleviation of gastrointestinal disorders

It is also useful to combat insomnia, migraines, chronic fatigue, nervousness and anxiety.

To experience first hand the benefits of Ayurvedic massage book your treatment at our Yoga centers in Rome and don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

 

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