The word Ayurveda means “the science of life”. Ayurveda is an ancient system of preventative health care, rejuvenation and longevity which originated in India over 5000 years ago. According to Ayurveda, we were born with a unique set of qualities that make up our dosha. The doshas are elemental forces (ether, air, fire, water and earth) that are the building blocks of the natural world. These elements in certain combinations make up the 3 doshas of Vata (either & air), Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (water & earth). Our original constitution, or dosha is called our prakriti. Throughout life, in times of stress, or as a result of lifestyle decisions that do not support our unique needs for optimal health, we may become out of balance with our original nature. This imbalance can cause illness and other undesirable symptoms. Ayurveda teaches that in a state of doshic harmony, we will experience true health and happiness.
Ayurvedic massage is a deeply relaxing massage for the whole body involving energy balancing strokes and warm oil application. The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love”. The effects of Ayurvedic massage (abhyanga) are similar to being saturated with love. Both the oil and the massage strokes are customized based on your doshic needs.
What happens in an Ayurvedic massage?
Next, I will give you instructions for how to lie on the table. You will be draped appropriately during the treatment and only the parts being massaged will be exposed, making sure that you feel warm and secure.
Ayurvedic massage typically involves a lot of oil being applied to the body, including the face, scalp and abdomen. The oil will be warm, soothing and very therapeutic. For your own comfort it is best to remove all garments, jewelry and piercings to avoid getting oil on them.
I will use warm towels at the end to wipe off the feet and back. You will also be offered a towel to wipe off any excess oil. However, you may not want to wear clothes or undergarments to the session that you would not want to get oil on. Ideally, schedule your Ayurvedic massage when you can rest after. It's good to leave the oil on your skin for a few hours before showering at home.
Ayurvedic massage is most beneficial when combined with a complete Ayurvedic lifestyle. For a more in-depth understanding of your dosha and complete lifestyle plan, consider getting a full Ayurvedic consultation.
benefits of ayurvedic massage
- Balances mind, body and spirit
- Tridoshic (good for Vata, Pitta & Kapha imbalances)
- Strengthens immune system
- Nourishes the cells, tissues and srotas (energy channels)
- Nourishes dry skin
- Improves circulation
- Excellent for arthritis and autoimmune diseases
- Improves sleep
- Boosts overall health
If you are interested in receiving an Ayurvedic consultation, I will be offering consultations as a student very soon. Contact me for more information on receiving a free consultation beginning in July 2018.