The Sanskrit word Ayurveda literally means ‘knowledge’
(veda) of ‘life’ (ayur). The Ayurveda guides us into systematizing
the life principles in order to provide us with increased longevity
and pleasurable living.
According to the Ayurveda, normality will vary from individual to
individual, for each human being displays their own and unique moods
and functional tendencies. Being preventive approach-oriented, the
Ayurveda prescribes several therapies to restore personal functional
balance whenever mild imbalance processes are detected.
A Sanskrit word meaning
‘to smear’, ‘to rub with oil’, Abhyanga can
be applied either as self-massage, or by a practitioner, or by two
or more practitioners at the same time. Above all, it focusses on
nourishing the skin. When the oil penetrates the skin, it nourishes
its tissues (dhatus) and removes toxins. Using medicinal oils in Ayurvedic
massage is advantageous mainly because their healing properties are
soon absorbed by the body through the skin.
The Ayurvedic massage increases the flow of vital fluids and cellular
interchanges. As already shown by scientific experiments,
more blood flows in the tissues during and after the massage. An increased
number of red cells has also been proven to take place after the massage.
The same happens to the lymphatic circulation. Since residues and
toxins, such as the lactic acid in the muscles, are removed, the muscles
The Ayurvedic massage is recommended as a daily practice. As we usually
eat, sleep and exercise every day, similarly we should get massage
every day in order to release toxins out of our bodies.
For the Ayurveda, pain
results from the prana (vital energy) flow being blocked by the siras
channels. The airs (vayu) in the body move and expand due to the heat
produced from the massage friction. This vayu circulation through
the siras relieves pain and tension.
Through Abhyanga, breath gets deeper and more natural, the 7 dhatus
(tissues) are nourished and the 3 doshas (moods) are balanced. When
taken regularly, it relaxes muscles, nerves, and joints. It acts directly
on the lymphatic, blood and nervous systems, and it also stimulates
the digestive system. It increases immunity, improves digestion, and
makes you sleep tight. As it fights stress by providing more vigor
and vitality, it favors rejuvenation.