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Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

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In India an Ayurvedic massage often forms part of a more comprehensive Ayurveda treatment programme. But in the UK it is usually had for the

Oil used on man having an Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic Massage using special scented oils

pleasure of a deeply relaxing experience or for deeper tissue work.

With all Ayurvedic massages there is always a subtle transfer of energy between the therapist and the client. But I also offer a massage with extra ‘Reiki’ energy and stronger emphasis on the Chakras and Marma Points.

Marmas and Chakras

When I perform an Ayurvedic massage I am very aware of the Marmas and Chakras. In Ayurveda, Marmas are Prana energy points. (They act like Acupressure points in many respects). Some are very situated within or very close to Chakras. Massaged correctly, they energise the mind and body.

There are 107 main Marmas but the seven Great Marmas in Ayurvedic are the same as the seven main Chakras. All are massaged in turn.

What should I expect from an Ayurvedic massage

There are many forms of Ayurvedic massage based on the Ayurvedic Health System. I tend to use the one that covers most Ayurvedic principles – Abhyanga (abee-yan-ga.
This is the most traditional Ayurvedic treatment. It uses friction-based strokes and dosha specific oils. As the oil is massaged into the skin, it penetrates the tissues to work at a cellular level. It also focuses on revitalising the energy channels in the body and balancing the Marmas.

Ayurvedic Oils and Doshas

In Ayurveda, there are five elements that are found in all living things and are considered the building blocks of life:
  • space
  • air
  • fire
  • water
  • earth
These combine to create three mind-body principles, known as doshas, within the body:
  • Vata (air and space)
  • Pitta (fire and water)
  • Kapha (water and earth)
Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. Ayurvedic practices balance of the doshas to govern one’s physical and emotional health. I have oil blends that suit everyone.
The Ayurvedic massage oils I use are prepared in the traditional Ayurvedic way by experts. They use 250g of herbs per litre of oil and follow a process that takes 3 days to prepare each oil. This allows the healing properties of the herbs to be absorbed fully into the oil for maximum efficacy.

What Are the Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage?

Showing chakras massaged in Ayurvedic massages

Chakras that are massaged in an Ayurvedic massage

  • Boost body awareness
  • Clear physiological and energetic pathways
  • Stimulates internal organs and the endocrine system
  • Create deep relaxation
  • Enhances spirituality
  • Enhances sleep
  • Detoxify and cleanses the skin and lymphatic system
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Increases the overall sense of well-being
  • Can stimulate sensuality
  • Improves circulation
  • Increase vitality, rejuvenating, and repairing
  • Keeps healthy people in good health
  • Balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Soothe the body and mind reducing stress

What happens during an Ayurvedic Massage?

Diagram showing Marma points

Marma Points

I focus on your energy needs as well as providing a physical massage. The massage will consist of long strokes of the torso, arms and legs. The massaging of the Marmas and Chakras is usually in smaller oval or circular movements. All strokes can be fast or slow depending on your needs.
I tend to not use chopping, cupping or pounding during these massages. When performing a deeper tissue Ayurvedic massage the stokes are usually shorter and slower.
Please have a look at the diagrams of Marma points and the main Chakras. All these will be massaged unless you specifically ask for certain ones to not be.
Please be aware that more oil is used in these massages than most others. Soft tissues will be used to wipe the excess off before you get dressed. This massage can be done with unscented oil if you prefer.
You will be under a double thickness sheet for the massage. Only the area being massaged is exposed at any one time. The room is always very warm for these massages. But if you want a large thick towel over the sheet for extra warmth – ask for one.

The Aromatherapy Oil Blends I Use

1) Vata – relax and restore

Carrier Oil: Organic sesame oil.

Herbs: Ashwagandha, Bala, Guduchi, Gokshura, Cinnamon, Deodar, Castor leaf, Rasna, Kapikachu and Cardamom.

 

2) Pitta – sooth and refresh

Carrier Oil: Organic sesame oil.

Herbs: Vetivert, Shatavari, Sariva, Neem, Rose, Coriander, Manjista, Priyangu, Licorice and Arjuna.

 

3) Kapha – revitalising and energising

Carrier Oil: Organic sesame oil.

Herbs: Tulsi leaf, Ginger root, Black pepper fruit, Pippali fruit, Ajwain seed, Mustard seed, Clove, Musta root, Vasa leaf, Cumin seed and Camphor.

Ayurvedic massage Payments

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic massage with Reiki

 

 

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