Ayurveda and Rejuvenation
An ancient medical science which was developed in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda which literally means the science of life (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science) is fast gaining popularity around the world for its natural therapies and treatments. Believed to have been passed on to humans from the Gods themselves, Ayurveda developed and evolved into what it is today from several ancient treatises, most notably Adharva Veda which dates back to five thousand years. The ancient Vedic literature by sages has clearly laid out instructions to maintain health as well as fighting illness through therapies, massages, herbal medicines, diet control and exercise.
Some common Ayurveda procedures are:
Abyangam is body massage with oil, medicated or aromatic. Since ancient times, oil massage is highly recommended in the Vedas with clear directions on how to it for people of different age groups and medical conditions. For the healthy people, it increases the suppleness of the body and adds to the beauty. Immunity is also boosted by making entire body massage a habit. Abyangam is highly recommended to alleviate the problem of insomnia.
‘Patra’ means leaf in Sanskrit and swedam means sudation. This is also called as Elakizhi in Malayalam. Medicinal leaves like Sida corifolia, Ricinus communis, Pongamia glabra, Arka, are used to make little pouches which are dipped in warm oil and applied on the body already massaged with oil. It is continuously done until the person perspires considerably. At the end of a session, the person is completely detoxified and feels light. This may be done with the patient in sitting or supine position. This massage with warm leaf bags relieves stiffness of muscles and increases circulation. It is highly recommended for backache, arthritis, spondylosis, spondylitis and the like.
Udvarthanam is a massage with special herbal powders helps reduce fat and cure dryness of skin. Spread over a period of 2 to 4 weeks, it is usually done for 30-45 minutes daily. This type of massage is sought by people have skin problems or obesity. It prevents wrinkles and helps cure problems of sweat glands.
‘Shiras’ in Sanskrit means Head. Shirodhara is the letting medicated oil to be poured over forehead. The oil flows down as a single stream through an aperture in the oil vessel hanging above the forehead. It helps to relieve the mind of stress, tension & anxiety. It is very useful for people who suffer from insomnia. It may be said that Shirodhara is the most calming and relaxing of the therapies.
- Shirodhara with Abhyanga
A mixture of Shirodhara and Abhyangam relaxes the whole body as well as the mind. It is the best way to overcome jetlag. It relaxes the mind, betters the circulation and helps remove the toxic waste from the body. It opens up all the pores of the body and all the windows of the mind.
‘Njavara’ is a kind of rice and ‘kizhi’ is pouch in Malayalam. The rice is cooked in medicinal herbs with milk and then tied into a pouch of soft cloth. This external application of the hot njarava pouch rejuvenates tissues & enhances beauty and tone of the skin. It also strengthens the muscles, cures stiffness of joints and improves digestive power. This massage can be done as full or partial as need be.