Different Types of Ayurvedic Massages and Their Benefits

Massage is the perfect antidote to stress as it is very effective in relaxing both the body and the mind.  Ayurvedic massage which is based on the system of traditional Indian therapy helps to break and remove the toxins within the gross and subtle bodies. The Ayurvedic system believes that the toxins (Ama) are the remnant putrefied-food stuff that takes a form like grease and if it is allowed to stay for long, it becomes hard and stubborn and embedded in the body with the result that it becomes more difficult, time consuming and inconvenient to remove. Basically, Ayurveda works to achieve balance and symmetry in the body by realigning the chakras and qi. The Ayurvedic massage therapy consists of continuous applications of strokes, full-body steaming and finally an herbal formula wash/scrub. It uses specialised warm Dosha oil to give this dynamic and expansive experience. An Ayurvedic massage treatment might have unique names and exotic ingredients but it is very effective in improving blood circulation and providing complete relaxation. There are three types of Ayurvedic massage treatments – Abhyangam, Udvartana and Pizhichil.


Abhyangam treatment besides being a massage technique designed to remove mental stresses and provide relief from muscle pains, also helps in administering medicinal herbs into the body through the process of absorption by the skin. In this treatment, the therapist uses oils of different potencies that help in balancing the Doshas. The oils being heavy, warm and oily act as antidotes to Vata Dosha and help in balancing it and also other Doshas, depending on the type of oil used. Since Vata is a disorder affecting the balance of mental and physical strain and stress, this treatment provides extreme relaxation to the client.

For this massage therapy, the therapist at first assesses the condition and constitution of the client and then the correct medicated oil is chosen that will be best for the medical condition. The oil is then heated so that it is adequately warm and then used for the massage which aims at maximum absorption of the medicinal oil in the body by applying long and flowing strokes. For the downward strokes, more pressure is used so that Vata Dosha (vital life force) is calmed. With the Abhyangam treatment, the Doshas are brought back to equilibrium as the oils are prepared from herbs that produce the pharmalogical action.

The Abhyangam treatment is not only recommended for curing diseases but also for maintaining good health making. As such even if you are a healthy person and have no health problems, you should avail of this treatment so that your good health is maintained. However, it is most essential if you do have any health issues such as muscle ache and stiffness, stress and mental fatigue, backache and imbalance of the Vata Dosha.

Visitors and residents of the city who wish to get some relaxation and relief from stresses or painful conditions will find that there are many spas providing massage in London, including the Ayurvedic type of massages.


Udvartana is an Ayurvedic massage therapy that helps in boosting blood circulation and removing toxins from the body. It uses herbal powders for the massage treatment because by their drying nature they dry up Kapha, which is heavy and moist. The process of this treatment involves providing strokes in the opposite (upward) direction to hair growth thereby further breaking down Kapha and the adipose tissue in the body. Powdered herbs or an herbal paste is used for the massage that is applied vigorously so that the circulation improves and the toxins trapped in the body tissues are removed. The other benefits of Udvartana are aimed towards weight loss and removal of excess Kapha Dosha in the body. It also improves muscle tone, deeply exfoliates the skin and also gives mobility to the joints.

The Udvartana treatment is most useful for people whose aim is to lose weight and to eliminate the excess Kapha Dosha in their body. It is also very suitable for improving the complexion of the skin.


The Ayurvedic theory behind this type of treatment is that it uses certain type of oil that has the property of causing perspiration which, according to Ayurveda, is the treatment for balancing Vata and also eliminating stiffness, pain and toxins from the body. In the process of the Pizhichil massage, warm medicated oil is poured over the body while the massage therapist is performing the massage. A special vessel named Kindi is used to pour the warm oil and it is held just a few inches from the body. The therapist assesses the condition and constitution of the client and depending upon the needs of the body he chooses the medicated oil.

Pizhichil is different from normal spa treatments in so far as it is ideal for balancing the Doshas, especially Vata Dosha. It is also an excellent treatment for providing relief in case the client has an injury such as a fracture. Its other benefits include removing pain and stiffness in the joints and improving digestion. Pizhichil is also extensively used in improving neurological conditions, especially paralysis, including paraplegia, hemiplegia and monoplegia. It is most suitable for people who are suffering from painful conditions, stiffness and injuries.

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