Ayurvedic Massage

CHAKRA BALANCING MASSAGE

 

Chakras are a system of seven energy centers aligned along the spine and are responsible for dispersing energy (prana) to all the body's tissues through 72,000 separate channels. Some of these channels are physical (srotas--intestines, blood vessels, and genitourinary tract), while others are nonphysical (nadis). In the body, the nadis correlate roughly to the nervous system.

The chakras do not exist as structures in the world of gross substances, but are an emergent level of consciousness, dormant until they open during spiritual development.These energies are the basis of all yoga systems. When balanced, they provide human capabilities and health. When out of balance (either because of excess, deficiency, or corrupt energy), they are the cause of disease.

Yoga proposes that the chakras have physical correlates--points of intersection with certain organs, spinal plexuses (networks of nerves), and endocrine glands at each corresponding chakra level in the physical body. They regulate the body from behind the nervous system. Massage affects these glands and the nervous system, bringing out the best qualities of the chakra.

 

 

PIZHICHIL MASSAGE

 

This Ayurveda treatment consists of using a combination of heat and medicated oil. It is a mild and synchronized body massage which is done constantly using medicated herbal oil and heat. The heat allows the body to detox through sweat and the medicated herbal oils when absorbed in the muscles, will nourish the skin, bring relaxation to the mind, and rejuvenate the body.

 

The word Pizhichil means squeezing, therefore during the massage, oil is squeezed from a cloth dipped from a bowl of warm medicated oil on the whole body.

 

NAVARAKIZHI MASSAGE

 

The Navarakizhi massage is a perspiration-triggering body scrub.What makes this treatment different is the use of medicated herbal rice.

 

The procedure in Navarakizhi is a two-step process: specially-applied oil is first slathered all over the body, after which the muslin tea bags are used to 'pound' the body, with extra focus in areas where marma (nerve points) reside.

 

Navarakizhi is extremely effective against rheumatism, joint and muscle pains, back pains (e.g. sciatica, slipped discs), high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and sexual problems such as and menstruation, infertility and nervous weaknesses. It may also get rid of certain skin problems.

THAI YOGA MASSAGE

 

Thai Massage is sometimes called “assisted yoga,” Thai massage involves easing the client into various assisted stretches to deepen muscle relaxation.  Vigorous and stimulating, Thai massage is as energizing as it is relaxing.

Thai massage is performed on a padded mat on the floor and the client remains fully dressed, preferably in comfortable clothing that permits free movement of the limbs.  Unlike other forms of massage, no oils are used during Thai massage.  Instead, the body is carefully manipulated into deeply relaxing stretches and poses at the hands of a trained massage therapist.

The benefits of Thai massage have been appreciated since it was first reportedly used over 2500 years ago in India by the personal physician to Buddha.  As with most forms of massage, Thai massage promotes relaxation and eases stress, but Thai massage is unique in its ability to increase flexibility and range of motion, as well as improve overall circulation.  Many clients also report that Thai massage helps them to feel emotionally and mentally centered, as well as rejuvenated and relaxed.

UDWARTHANAM DRY MASSAGE

 

Udwarthanam is a therapeutic deep tissue massage using herbal powders and no oil.  Udwarthanam means to elevate or to promote. This massage involves upward stroking, where the powder is rubbed forcibly on the body.

This massage promotes blood circulation, reduces the excess fat accumulated in the subcutaneous tissues, it softens and exfoliates dead skin cells and improves joint mobility.

 

YOGA AND AYURVEDA

 

Since the beginning yoga had a close and defined relationship with the ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda, which means “the science of life” Ayurveda has studied in depth the various aspects of its science, grouping the typology of the human body into 3 distinct constitutions called Dosha (Vata dosha, Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha). It developed its amazing knowledge in all aspects of life, including purification techniques at the physical, mental and spiritual level. One such purification technique is called “Pancha Karma” or the 5 purification methods (also known as rejuvenation therapy). Amplifying our attention on the listening of the self the human being can improve his own life by dealing with a more profound, more healthy and more spiritual attitude. These techniques are multiple, and, in time, very effective. The attention is focused on diet (as a preventive form of medicine), physical exercise and meditation. Other techniques used in Ayurveda include cromo-therapy, cristallo-therapy, visualization and the use of mantra.

Our energy field can thus modify, amplify and expand affecting in this way our own vital force (Prana), when we drag our past experiences into our present life these can block our energy flow and our transformation. Mostly we are unconscious of such process, therefore Pancha Karma could be very effective to unblock and raise our Prana.