What is Ayurvedic Massage?
This ancient system of healing originated in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Ayurvedic philosophy holds that we each have an individual constitution or dosha, which is with us from birth and can become unbalanced due to internal or external factors, leading to ill health. Ayurvedic massage is a wellness treatment aimed at restoring harmony.
What is a dosha?
Our constitution consists of different proportions of the five elements (earth, water, air, fire and ether) and there are three main dosha types: Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). We are each made up of varying proportions of these. Each dosha has particular physical, mental and emotional characteristics and imbalances will lead to particular patterns of ill- health.
What happens during a treatment?
An Ayurvedic treatment begins with a consultation to discover your dosha and any current imbalances. A warmed dosha-specific oil is then applied along with specific massage techniques, including massage to the Marma (vital) points on the body. The Marma points are similar in concept to the acupressure points of Chinese traditional medicine and are seen as gateways into the body's systems, where blockages can be released and energy flow increased. There are a range of Ayurvedic treatments to choose from:
Marma Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Energy Flow Massage
A deeply relaxing, nourishing and rejuvenating full body massage adapted to your dosha. The treatment releases tension on a physical and energetic level by working on Marma points throughout the body to balance energy and restore harmony.
Pinda Sweda: Ayurvedic Hot Compress Massage
A strengthening, nourishing and rejuvenating massage, Pinda Sweda is the Ayurvedic equivalent of Hot Stone Massage. Warm oil is applied using a herbal compress of therapeutic Ayurvedic herbs and an Ayurvedic technique known as pummelling which works to relieve areas of tension. It's helpful for stiff joints and sore muscles.
Padabhyanga: Ayurvedic Lower Leg and Foot Massage
A de-stressing and relaxing traditional Ayurvedic foot treatment which starts with firm massage of the lower leg followed by manipulating Marma points on the sole of the foot using deep pressure techniques to increase energy flow to the whole body. It's great for after a flight. general vitality, relaxation and a fantastic treatment for mums-to-be.
Shirobyanga: Ayurvedic Head, Neck and Arm Massage
This is a seated, oil based massage where specific Marma points on the head, neck, shoulders and arms are massaged in a soothing rhythm to release tension and stress and increase mental clarity. It also nourishes the scalp, promoting healthier hair.
Mukhabyanga: Pure Radiance Ayurvedic Facial Massage
Working on the face, head and neck, Mukhabyanga is a deeply relaxing traditional Ayurvedic procedure for a natural face lift. Firm pressure lifts facial muscles leaving a youthful glow while massage to Marma points increases energy flow and is also helpful for problem lines. Best results are seen after a course of treatments.
Udvartana: Ayurvedic Detox / Exfoliation Massage
During this cleansing treatment, specific ground Ayurvedic herbs are vigorously rubbed over the body to help draw out impurities and reduce water retention. The natural ingredients also exfoliate, leaving a lovely glow to the skin.