The Ancient Wonders of Ayurvedic Massage Therapy

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian form of holistic medicine practice that dates back about 5,000 years. It works by treating the entire person and not just the symptoms of what is causing them distress. An ayurvedic massage takes into account three areas: mind, body and soul.

When choosing an ayurvedic massage, be sure that the massage therapist knows what they are doing. Since ayurvedic massage is part of a larger medicinal school of thought, not just anyone can practice it. There are several expert ayurvedic massage therapists in the United States as well as Europe and Asia. A licensed massage therapist can learn and use ayurvedic massage techniques to complement any massage that you choose to have at a spa facility.

Once you find a true ayurvedic massage therapist you are in for a treat.

Personalizing an Ayurvedic Massage

The ancient Indian belief of Ayurveda takes into account the entire body when it seeks to cure a person of their ills. To that end, an ayurvedic massage therapist will ask you a series of questions or give you a questionnaire to determine your dosha.

What is a dosha? It is essentially who you are, where you energies lie. Determining a person’s dosha involves assessing the three main areas of energy, vata, pitta and kapha. These three represent wind, bile and mucous, respectively. In elemental terms they represent wind, fire and water, and earth and water. Each person is a mix of all three in different proportions that the ayurvedic massage therapist needs to know in order to give you a proper massage that will cure your condition.

Since each dosha corresponds to several different areas of the body, the ayurvedic massage therapist uses marma points to map out your massage. Marma points are the lines of energy that run through your body that are accessed via pressure points all over the body. The energy must flow unhindered throughout your body in order for you to remain healthy and balanced in all areas. Once this has been determined, your therapist will use a series of massage techniques to restore the broken lines of energy.

Those who get regular ayurvedic massages as part of an ayurvedic medicine regimen benefit from the techniques used. Even if you use a massage therapist that employs ayurvedic techniques you will notice a change. Ayurvedic massage increases circulation, cleanses and detoxifies the body and boosts the immune system to fight conditions such as insomnia, arthritis, blood pressure issues and rheumatism.

Are you in need of a massage? Give ayurvedic massage a try to cleanse your being, mind, body and soul.

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