What Is Ayuveda?
Ayu means “life” and Veda means “Knowledge,” therefore its Ayuveda means “The science of life.” Ayuveda is the traditional Indian health system going back more than 5000 years. It uses a constitutional based model – the doshas for determining your state of health. Thousands of years ago, Indias rishis and seers observed the rhythms of the universe and the interaction of the flow of energy throughout the body / mind during states of deep meditation – these insights form the basis of Ayurveda, and were documented in ancient Indian texts.
The rishis realised that good health can be maintained through diet and lifestyle as well as by taking Ayuvedic medicine. Ayuvedic massage is part of this lifestyle.
Ayuveda describes three fundamental mind/body types (doshas) which embody different combinations of the five elements: air, ether, fire, water and earth.
We all have all three doshas within us. These are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
The five elements exist within ua as well as in nature. This explains why your doshas can become aggravated or imbalanced due to inappropriate diet, change of seasons, climate, lifestyle or stress, resulting in disease in the body.
A proper ayuvedic massage with hot oil removes dirt from the skin, cleanses the pores and indirectly helps the functioning of the lungs, large intestine and kidneys. With massage the blood circulation increases and this in tern helped the exfoliation of superficial dead skin cells, tones the skin and encourages its rejuvenation process. Also it improves the texture of the skin, provides a glow and softens the skin. Massage also helps the skin to maintain its elasticity and strength. Increase in blood circulation helps to accelerate the lymphatic system
which absorbs and eliminates many waste products.
Full Body Massage – Abhyanga
The full body massage is so nourishing and nurturing. Emphasis is made on the downward strokes to aid grounding, balance and a sense of peace.
Keralan Head and Face Massage – Shirobhanga
This is very calming for the mind. Its improves memory and focus, strengthens the nervous system, relieves insomnia, reduces stress and headaches, amongst many other benefits.
Marma Back Massage
This massage works deeper on many more marma points on the back. Some are worked on during the full body massage, however this works deeper and into more specific points.