The origin of this therapeutic massage method lies in the Ayurveda. Ayurvedic massage stimulates the balancing ability of body and mind. The treatment is tailored to your body-mind type and balance, works balancing and promotes overall energy flow.*
General method Abhyanga
Abhyanga is a long, rhythmic massage method that uses therapeutic herbal oils and marma points (vedic acu points). By treating marmas and energy channels, the nadis, massaging has an energetic aspect. This is in contrast to most Western massage methods, which focus only on the tissue and muscles of the body. My former teacher tai chi and kung fu experienced this methodology as “Qi Gong massage”. The energy or prana is therefore set in motion to promote your health. The frequency of therapeutic treatment with a balancing effect depends on your personal balance and varies from one to several consultations per week.
Ayurvedic pregnancy massage
Also during pregnancy you can receive this therapeutic massage to keep your overall energy level on arrow (from 12 weeks gestation). This massage method is similar to the regular Abhyanga, only without stimulating herbal oil and pressure points. There is extra attention for massaging the head and making contact with the baby through the abdomen. Pregnancy ailments can also be alleviated.
Ayurveda & recovery after birth
Ayurveda is a rich wealth of knowledge about the natural functioning of our body and mind in fertilization, pregnancy and recovery during maternity time. In India, a newly born woman receives an Ayurvedic oil massage every day for the first 30 days after giving birth to balance her energy just after giving birth and to promote post-birth recovery. Do you want that here in the Netherlands? Please get in touch.
Contraindications include fever, hypertension and heart problems.
Abhyanga, lifestyle and balance
The Abhyanga is generally a gentle one, where the techniques used are tailored to your personal balance, or prakuti and vikruti. This means that your specific characteristics and complaints are taken into account when giving the Ayurvedic massage method. The handles, oil and pressure points are tuned to this. As a paramedical naturopathic therapist I can perform these professionally in a safe environment. But it’s more than a therapeutic massage method. You also get tailor-made lifestyle and nutritional advice, so you can also get started with your balance at home.
In your element with Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a centuries-old health doctrine from India. This “doctrine of life” belongs to the tradition of oriental medicine. The Ayurveda describes the connection between the workings of body, mind and nature, based on age-old experience. There is talk of three doshas to describe your prakruti and vikruti, each of which stands for certain metabolic principles. The basis of this are the five elements ether, air, fire, earth and water. Each dosha is a combination of two of these elements. Vata stands for air and ether, Pitta for fire and water and Kapha for earth and water. By gaining insight into your unique combination of doshas (and therefore elements) you have valuable information to literally “be and stay in your element”.