Ayurvedic massage

Ayurveda is seen as the oldest health and healingsystem which was put into writing five or six thousand years ago. It is a holistic system originated from India and literally means: knowledge (veda) of life (ayus).

The 3 dosha’s Vata, Pitta and Kapha are build up from the five elements ether, air, fire, water and earth and they play an important role in the ayurveda. Everything, people, seasons, ages can be described in terms of these 3 bio-energies.

Within the ayurveda absence of disease does not mean you are healthy. Health means the three dosha’s Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water earth) are in balance, the extraneous substances are well, the mind is at ease and in balance, tissues are functioning normally.

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic massage was originally meant for healthy people and a part of preventive medical science. Ayurvedic massage also helps to cure several illnesses and is part of the treatment programme or as preparation to the pancha karma, the fivefold cleansingmethod.

A real ayurvedic massage distinguishes itself by the use of a large quantity of herbal oils. The herbal oil has a smoothing and medicinal effect. The ayurvedic massage is a complete bodymassage including the head and face. Ayurvedic massage takes into acocunt a persons constitution (dosha/prakruti) and his/hers specific complaints (vrikruti) and bycoming pains in the form of massage techniques and specific uses of herbal oils.

The choice to use specific oils for specific complaints such as rheumatism (ama vata) and headaches are written down in the classic ayurvedic literature. The effect of herbal oils is focussed on balancing the dosha´s and the cleansing of tissue and channels. Many herbal oils are based on a basic oil of sesame oil, coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter) mixed with herbs. In some cases (kapha type complaints or persons) you can massage with dried herbs.

Mostly ayurvedic massage is done by the use of hands, sometimes with feet and in specific cases (such as rheumatism, fibromyalgia) of therapeutic massage rice or bundles of herbs are used.

 The ayurvedic massage is commonly known as a soft gentle massage where the pressure is tuned to the physical structure of the cliënt. Through the treatment of energy channels – the nadi’s – and the energypoints ‘marma’s’ does the ayurvedic massage have an energetic aspect. The focusses on the energy of the client through meditation before he/she starts the massage.

The ayurvedic massage has a cleansing effect, relaxes, nurtures and balances physically and mentally. The selfhealing ability of the body and mind are stimulated. The massage:

  • enhances your immune system and activates the lymphs and the bloodcirculation
  • fights stress, fatigue and insomnia
  • contributes to awareness of your body and muscle relief
  • helps to reduce or lessen pain such as backpain, neckpain, rsi, whiplash, rheumatism, stress, burnout, digestive system and headaches

Ayurvedic massage is suitable for everyone, whether healthy or sick, old or young. There are some situations in which we advice not to have a hotstone massage: during the first three months of pregnancy, any type of cancer, fever and directly after eating food.

The ayurvedic massage is a pleasure to body and mind and will take about 90 minutes.