Expect to be coated with a generous amount of herb-infused oils during an Ayurvedic Massage treatment. Abhyanga, Ayurveda’s signature full-body massage, begins with a seated head massage and continues with work on the rest of the body while the client lies on the massage couch. The warm oil is particularly soothing.
Ayurvedic Massage is a treatment used in Ayurvedic medicine (alongside herbal remedies, nutrition, lifestyle advice and detoxification) which has been practised in India for over 5,000 years. Ayurveda in Sanskrit means ‘science of life’ and holds that each human possesses an unique combination of three basic energies called Doshas: Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Dosha in Sanskrit means ‘that which is quick to go out of balance’. According to Ayurvedic medicine, we remain healthy when our Doshas are in balance. Although Ayurveda can be used to alleviate conditions, it is founded on the principle of preventing disorders rather than waiting for problems to manifest themselves. Therapists use traditional massage techniques, working along Marma points (Indian pressure points), and specific Ayurvedic massage oils chosen to suit the patients Doshic constitution.
Regular massage has been used for centuries in India for maintaining good health. Abhyanga promotes healing and restoration by eliminating toxins from the body so that rejuvenating energies may flow more freely.