The word Massage originates from the Greek word Masso which means to touch. Today massages are the most popular form of Spa treatment. Ayurvedic Massage is more of a treatment for certain health conditions and various age related disorders wherein, experts believe, that the toxins that are deep-rooted in the tissues and joints are loosened through the massage and eliminated through the natural toxin elimination process.
Massage is basically, the practice of using controlled or uncontrolled pressure, vibration, motion and tension, with the help of mechanical aids or manually on the soft tissues of the body such as connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, joints, muscles and lymph vessels for achieving an optimum response. Ayurvedic massage is performed by trained experts, and is more of a ˜therapy massage which can be performed successively on the entire body or only on certain parts of the body. Such a massage is also used for healing from an injury, managing pain, improving circulation, and relieving stress. An Ayurvedic massage which helps in such healing processes is also referred to as a Therapeutic massage.
Aromatherapy which makes use of essential oils from plants to heal and alleviate pain is a part of Ayurvedic massage. Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts derived from bark, roots, leaves, flowers and seeds of plants, which are used for massages, facials, body treatments and hydrotherapy baths. The essential oils are generally massaged into the body in combination with carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, sweet almond, or apricot kennel. A therapist uses five oils in a mixture on the basis of individual needs.
A typical Ayurvedic massage, apart from a regular wellness routine, imparts the following health benefits.
- Enhances blood circulation “ Commonly a particular part of the body becomes flabby or stiff and has poor circulation. An Ayurvedic massage helps in increasing blood circulation to such parts.
- Eliminates toxins “ An Ayurvedic massage helps in removal of toxins from the body tissues, which are then thrown out of the body in the form of sweat or through lymphatic systems into elimination channels.
- Prevents pre-mature ageing “ Ayurvedic massage is done using warm oils, which when absorbed leaves the skin supple and soft, preventing it from dryness and pre-mature ageing.
- Improves immunity “ Massage helps in balancing hormone secretions and increases secretions of endorphins.
- Helps in pain management “ Ayurvedic massage helps in managing pain associated with conditions such as sciatica, muscle spasms, and arthritis.