Who doesn’t love massages?
Let’s get a little more specific since there are tonnes of massage techniques and they are all significantly different.
What kind of messages are you interested in?
Could it be an aromatherapy massage or something a little more intense like the deep tissue massage? Or are you up to something you have heard of but have never tried before?
Like the Ayurvedic massage.
The Origin of Ayurveda.
Before we get into what the Ayurvedic massage is, we must understand its origin.
Ayurveda, or the ‘knowledge of life’, is a traditional Indian medicine that persists in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka for more than 5,000 years.
Ayurveda is a health and healing system that focuses on mental-body balance and prevention of illness of health using a variety of natural guidelines, remedies, recipes, and practices. The word Ayurveda is pronounced as ‘aye-your-VAY-duh’, and the word itself originates from the Sanskrit ayur, meaning “life,” and Veda, meaning “knowledge.”
Ayurveda is now embraced worldwide, with a growing popularity in spas as clients continue to seek natural ways to improve their health and happiness.
Understanding Doshas and Chakras
The elements of life (earth, water, fire, air and ether) in Ayurvedic theory can be divided into qualities called “doshas,” which express the physical, emotional, and mental characteristics of an individual. Every one of us has three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) within us. However, there is usually one dosha that dominates us, whereas at times there could be a cross of two doshas.
Vata is the energy of movement in the body. It aids circulation, walking, elimination, breathing and activates our nervous system. Those who are dominated by Vata have a slender body type and are quick, efficient and flexible. They love experiencing new things and are creative. When an imbalance of Vata happens, having dry skin, digestive issues and experiencing weight loss, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, fatigue and restlessness are common.
Pitta is the energy of transformation. It is associated with metabolism, digestion, and energy production. Those who have a dominant Pitta will experience high metabolism, sex drive and have a fiery energy within them. They are intellectual, have good focus on current projects and are outspoken. When this Pitta becomes imbalanced, it would result in skin rashes, irritability, peptic ulcers, heartburn and excessive body heat.
Kapha is the energy of lubrication and structure. It forms bodily components such as fats and tissue that provide body structure.Those who are Kapha-dominant are nurturing, compassionate, patient, fertile and loyal. When imbalanced, these individuals face weight gain, can become lethargic and have sinus problems.
One of the main Ayurvedic elements of wellness are chakras, or energy systems, as some may call it. The seven chakras that exist are the crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and root.
These chakras extend from the top of the head to the tailbone, each corresponding to targeted physical, mental or spiritual well-being regions.
As for enthusiasts of Ayurveda, they believe that blocked chakras can lead to all kinds of illnesses, so people need to try to keep their energy flowing at all times.
What is an Ayurvedic massage?
A personalised treatment that combines essential oils, usually infused with herbs, with non-traditional massages that fits the needs of an individual.
The focus in an Ayurvedic massage is on the energy points of the body, rather than on the joints and muscles. Ayurvedic massage is often considered as an “oil massage” because of how much it depends on the warm herbal essential oils that fit the needs and doshas of an individual.
The Benefits of an Ayurvedic massage.
An Ayurvedic massage promotes physical benefits such as releasing muscle tension, having a calming effect on the brain and body, and providing nourishment for the skin.
Besides, the massage serves not only to relieve pain but also acts as preventive medicine that increases circulation, stimulates and strengthens the lymphatic system, and opens the flow of life force in order to cleanse and revitalise the body.
Moreover, essential oils used in Ayurvedic massages are extremely nourishing and detoxifying, helping to prevent ageing as it moisturises the skin so that it stays soft and smooth.
Where to get an Ayurvedic massage?
You are in luck! You don’t have to travel all the way to India to get an Ayurvedic massage. There are several spas in Malaysia that offer these specialised treatments, but do make sure that you are under the hands of a trained therapist that is trained specifically for Ayurvedic massage.
You wouldn’t want to hurt yourself after a massage session, would you?
Nonetheless, Danai Spa in Penang offers Ayurvedic massage which helps restore the balance of the doshas, boost your immune system, and of course, enhance overall wellbeing and longevity.