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Massaging Your Way to a Healthy Happier You

ayurveda massage

Ayurveda, also called Ayurveda medicine began with Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s one of the oldest holistic practices, thought to be over a thousand years old.

It focuses on moderation and balance of the mind, body and soul to increase longevity. This is accomplished by creating normality of chakras and Qi within the body, which create homeostatic.

This holistic treatment works alongside of modern medicines to continue good health rather than fight the diseases themselves.

If diseases do occur specific oils will be used to reestablish the balance, which will assist the person to have a healthier, happier life.

According to the Ayurveda practice, everything in the universe has a connection, whether it’s living or not. So to achieve good health your mind, body and soul has to be in sync with the universe.  If this harmony’s disrupted you will become ill.

Some possible disturbance includes; injures, changing weather, birth defects, genetics emotion and age.

They also believe everyone has a Prakriti. This is made up of your personality, appearance, health, and body maintained. They believe Prakriti generally stays the same, unless you have digestive, or constipation issues.

Besides Prakriti, everyone is made up of five essential components of the universe, they are; fire, water, space, air and earth.

These five mechanisms work together to create energy known as doshas. This massive energy force’s broken into three sub groups they are; vata dosha, space and air, pita dosha, fire and water and kapha dosha, water and earth.

It’s thought that one dominates a person more than the others and since they’re responsible for a specific area of the body, a person will become sick when their dominate energy’s out of harmony.

Vata dosh

This is the strongest of the three. It controls the basic body tasks which include breathing, blood pressure, heart rate elimination, and cell division.

The things that might disrupt harmony include; fear, grief, staying up late, eating meals too close together, and eating dry fruit.

If this is your dominate energy you will experience things like asthma, heart disease, nervous system disorders,, RA, anxiety and skin issues.

Pitta Dosha

It’s responsible for digestion, food absorbing and waste. It’ also responsible for your body’s hormone levels. Eating spicy, sour foods, if you’re fatigued or spend too much time in the sun you can upset this balance.

If this is your dominate energy you could develop Crohns’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, heartburn, infections. You might anger easily and have a negative outlook.

They further believe that in order for someone to reestablish harmony with the universe, certain massage techniques needs to be performed, with specific healing oils. The oil used depends on the problems the person’s experiencing.

I’ll explain a little about each of the techniques and the oils in the following paragraphs.

Abhyangam

The chosen oil’s warmed to a comfortable temperature. The person will receive a massage of long, flowing movements.

This is to ensure the entire body is warm and it gives ample time for absorption. The masseuse will use more pressure when working their way down the body.

This is to balance the body’s prana, life forces. The use of these oils and essential herbs balances the Vata Dosha.

This type of treatment will cure aliments like; fatigue, stress, muscle soreness, stiffness and back pain.

Udvartana

udvartana uses an herbal paste. This substance is forcefully massaged into the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

This brisk movement helps increase blood flow and removes harmful toxins from your body.

This type of treatment is used for joint mobility, improving muscle tone, weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, exfoliating your skin and removing unnecessary Kapha Dosha.

Pizhichil

Once the chosen oil’s warmed, it’s poured over the entire body from a Kindi. This is used to balance the Vata Dosha and remove harmful toxins from your body.

It also helps remove pain, joint stiffness, it heals fractures, sprains, strains. It’s shown to be effective in arthritis, sexual dysfunctions, blood pressure, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and rheumatic disease and strengthen the immune system.

A lot of people use it to help treat neurological conditions. Some of them include; paralysis, paraplegia, hemiplegia and monoplegia,. Some believe that it slows the aging process

Massage Oils

The oil that the masseuse chooses depends on what symptoms you’re experiencing. I will name a few oils and their uses below.

One of these oils is the Tibetan Herbal healing massage oil. It is used to relieve stress, help with circulations, and sleep, and helps with your memory, arthritis, rheumatic muscle strains, fatigue and pain.

If someone’s experiencing a lot of pain, inflammation a massage oil generally used will contain wintergreen and peppermint.

Wintergreen will help with the pain and inflammation and the peppermint for pain.

It’s suggested to slowly increase these two ingredients in another type of massage oil over time, until you have the desired effect.

If a person’s experiencing hair loss one teaspoon of carrier oil, five drops of lemon, rosemary and lavender massaged into the scalp will help a person regrow hair.

You can also add this mixture to your favorite shampoo, for an added benefit.

For anxiety, depression and fogginess, massage therapist often uses Sandalwood because of its tranquil effect. They may also choose to apply peppermint oil to the neck and used as an aromatherapy.

If digestive issues seem to be a problem, a masseuse might use peppermint oil. It’s known to help with bloating, gas, heartburn, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and constipation.

Another suggestion for digestive issues is ginger. If it’s mixed with Sweet Almond Oil and massaged in, it will help stimulate your digestive track.

For different types of skin issues a masseuse might use tea tree oil. It has an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal property that helps with several dermatitis issues.

It alto’s known to stop the inching and inflammation associated with these disorders.

For people who suffer with acne, this is a great option for them.

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