Benefit from Ayurveda - Ayurvedic Treatments
Sandhi Chalana (Joint Mobilization) It is performed before the massage on the main joint regions to relax and dissolve stiffness. Sedentary life greatly limits joint mobility, therefore it is advisable to perform sandhi chalana before the massage to relax and drain and prepare the person for the next massage treatment. Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage) It is performed on the whole body with specific vegetable oils in relation to the constitution (Prakriti) of the subject but also to the season, the climate, and the disorders. Regular practice is recommended. According to the classic texts of Ayurveda (Astanga Hrdaya 2. 7-8), Ayurvedic massage prevents aging processes in the body, helps to overcome fatigue and gives vigor, strengthens and improves the nervous system, vision and sleep quality. Padabhyanga (Foot Massage) Although Ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed on the whole body, great benefits can also be obtained with a local massage on specific parts such as foot massage. The partial massage performed on the feet and legs is particularly suitable in the evening for its ability to improve the quality of sleep, for the elderly, for those who do sedentary work, it is also effective against sciatica, cramps and ligament contractions and to improve circulation. According to the classic texts of Ayurveda (Uttara tantra 15.66-67), this massage acts on important nerves located under the soles of the feet and connected with the head, also improving eye health. Shiro Abhyanga (Head Massage) Of particular importance as the seat of all the sense organs, the head benefits enormously from Ayurvedic massage. According to the classical texts of Ayurveda, it improves the quality of sleep, concentration and memory and prevents headaches. Even hair, treated with herbalized oils, is profoundly benefited. Head massage, by improving circulation and thanks to the action of the oils used, prevents hair loss and greying, improves scalp dryness and dandruff problems. Karna Purana (Instillation of Oil in the Ears) The care of the sense organs is fundamental in Ayurveda and the ears are one of the main centers of Vata. They are particularly sensitive to factors that aggravate this dosha, such as cold and dry weather, hectic pace of life, excessive and inadequate sensory stimulation, such as listening to sounds at too high or low volume. According to Ayurveda texts, pouring oil into the ears helps keep the auricle clean, prevents and relieves tinnitus, deafness and earache, but is also beneficial for all surrounding organs, including teeth and gums. It also relieves a stiff neck. Udvartana (Herbal Paste Application) Particularly suitable for eliminating heaviness and drowsiness, improving the state of the skin while keeping it healthy and resistant, it is performed in two ways: by massaging dry (indicated in obesity) or by applying an oily herbal paste on the body (indicated in case of debilitation). Udgharsana (Herbal Powder Massage) The dry massage performed with herbal powders gives stability and lightness to the body, helps to remove impurities from the skin, relieves itching and hives. It promotes the functionality of bhrajaka pitta in the skin and removes the bad smell caused by sweat. Ashma Sveda (Hot Stone Massage) After oiling with medicated oils, maneuvers are performed on the whole body or on specific areas with smooth hot stones, combining a beneficial effect of fomentation, decontraction, drainage and relaxation. The hot stone massage has a sedative effect on the nervous system thus promoting healing processes, as well as a rejuvenating effect thanks to the detoxification generated. Pindasveda or Navarakizhi (Constant Application of Oil on the Body) After applying the oil all over the body, the treatment is performed with hot pads containing cooked rice in a decoction of herbs. This treatment combines the benefits of massage, those of the application of specific herbs to those of fomentation, important for the body's transpiration and the elimination of toxins (ama). The starch released from the rice benefits the skin and the herbs from the decoction in which it was prepared and the oil used to penetrate the tissues. It is a very important treatment for the rejuvenation of the body. Annalepa (Use of Nutritious Drugs) Traditional treatment is usually performed at the end of pindasveda in which specific preparations (medicated rice cooked in a decoction of herbs and milk) are applied and massaged on the whole body. Eliminates obstruction in the body's channels, improves blood circulation, promotes the elimination of waste, improves complexion, digestion and gives vigor. Pizhichil or Kaya-Seka or Sarvanga Dhara (Constant Application of Oil on the Body) The word Pizhichil in the Malayalam language literally means "squeezing". In this treatment, the hot medicated oil is continuously and abundantly poured over the whole body, squeezing some cotton patches soaked in oil, and the body is massaged at the same time. Traditionally performed by four masseurs, it is particularly suitable for disorders of the nervous system. Tones the body, relieves pain and muscle spasms, improves complexion, promotes circulation, and reduces fatigue. It has a rejuvenating and regenerating effect. Shirodhara (Constant Application of Oil or Other Substances on the Head) Traditional Ayurveda treatment is preceded by Shiro Abhyanga. It consists in letting medicated oil, milk, herbal decoctions flow without interruption on the forehead on the point between the eyebrows, one of the body's Marma points. It is an excellent technique for many ailments related to the head, neck, eyes, nose, ears and nervous system. Relieves anxiety and stress conditions, is indicated for people suffering from insomnia and headaches, prevents premature greying, produces a feeling of pleasure and deep relaxation, helps to calm and clear the mind, and improves the functionality of the sense organs. Chavitti (Foot Massage) Chavitti means feet and indicates a type of massage performed with the feet all over the body. It is a typical Kerala massage during which the masseur supports himself on two ropes hanging from the ceiling that allow him to balance his weight while performing the treatment. Chavitti is useful in both health and disease, acts on the Marma points, the vital points of the body, improves the flow of the lymphatic system, stimulates the immune system, calms and strengthens the nervous system. Very suitable for dancers and athletes to maintain the shape and flexibility of the body. Enough (Oil Retention) In the treatment called basti, the local application of heat or “Swedish ", a doughnut is placed externally on different areas of the body, obtained with a mixture of water and specific flours, inside which is lukewarm medicated oil, kept for a certain period of time. It is also a snehana or anointing therapy. This form of basti is particularly beneficial for muscle spasms and pains, lower back stiffness, intestinal disorders, heart problems, etc. It takes on specific names in relation to the areas of the body where it is performed: Udara basti (abdomen), Kati basti (back), Hrid or uro basti (heart), Netra basti (eyes), Janu basti (knee), Shiro basti (head), Greeva basti (cervical spine). Nasya (Instillation of Nasal Drops) The nasya, one of five therapies of Panchakarma, is a procedure that involves the installation of medicinal substances such as oils, powders, plant juices, teas, infusions and even Ayurvedic herbal smoke through the nose to cleanse the region of the head and neck. Nasa hi shiraso dwarum “Nasa hi shiraso dwarum” means that the nose is the gateway to the head and the brain and therefore this type of treatment is considered effective in disorders affecting the head, including the five sense organs and the neck. Useful both to maintain the state of health and to solve various chronic ailments. In this type of procedure the aggravated doshas, located above the region of the collarbone, are eliminated through the nose. Baby and Mother Massage Baby massage is traditionally performed in India by the mother, from birth. The oil used for the treatment nourishes and improves growth, strengthens the immune system and vision. The massage also continues the contact and relationship between mother and baby that began during pregnancy. In the West, this technique is taught to mothers or carried out by expert operators. Even during pregnancy, the woman's massage, performed with specific sequences, is very important. It helps the circulatory system, prevents pain, improves skin tone and elasticity, and relieves the sense of heaviness.