Abhyangam is a popular body massage in Ayurveda. The word abhyanga itself means to massage. It increase the production of white blood corpuscles and antibodies, which provide more resistance against viruses and diseases. This helps the defense mechanism in the body and increases immunity towards environmental changes. In this way, Abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver, and a rejuvenator, increasing self-confidence and willpower. To massage is to exercise the nervous system.
It is a well known Ayurvedic powder massage that includes scrubbing of the whole body using the ubtan (paste) made out of the mixture of the different herbs and grains which contain the property of scrapping the fat. Therefore it is best done in conditions of obesity and cellulite beneath the skin. It is also one of the detoxification processes. It helps in excess fat and cellulite conditions by scrubbing and massaging the body in upward strokes which produces certain heat energy which scraps and liquefies the fat. The herb penetrates the body through the skin pores and removes the sluggish lymphatic toxins.
Pizhichil is a type of Ayurvedic Massage which combines two modes of therapies, i.e Oil therapy and heat therapy. It is a mild and coordinated body massage, which is done with constantly flowing warm medicated herbal oil. Thus, it combines the best of both oils and heat. A perfect remedy for rheumatism, joint and body pains, as well as poor circulation, fatigue, and anxiety, Pizhichil or Sarvangadhara, is one of the best-known methods of removing stress from our systems as well as making our bodies feel soft, supple and clean.
Shirodhara (shiro-dar-a) is a unique, blissful therapy that balances and stabilizes the mind. To receive shirodhara, the client lies down upon a massage table with their eyes covered. Next, specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured in a thin steady stream directly onto the forehead and sixth chakra. Shirodhara purifies the mind, alleviates anxiety, reduces headaches, and expands awareness.
Shirovasti is the head therapy, which is one of the major external oil therapy procedures in Ayurvedic treatment. The term ‘Shiro’ means head and ‘vasti’ means container holding liquids. The medicated oil prescribed is warmed and poured into a hollow cap placed on the head and is allowed to stand for some time. This treatment helps in treating paralysis, depression, anxiety and insomnia. The therapy has proven some benefits in treating facial paralysis, excess hair loss, lubricating nostrils, and throat. It improves the texture of hair and promotes its growth. This treatment is used for diseases related to brain and neurological, migraine, headache, depression.
Elakkizhi is a highly rejuvenating treatment applied after Abhyanga, in which fresh plants are fried with several other herbal ingredients, tied into boluses, dipped into warm medicated oil and simultaneously massaged by therapists all over the body for one hour. Elakizhi is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylitis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains.The massage promotes better circulation within the affected area, induces perspiration which helps the skin to eliminate wastes.
Navara Kizhi is a very important part of Ayurveda treatment. It’s a nourishing therapy and effective for total body care. Navara Kizhi is a two-step process. Navara Kizhi refers normally to the fomentation of the body. Medicated rice is the main content of Navar Kizhi and this rice enriches medicinal values. Navara Kizhi, the treatment process involves three parts and it starts with Purva karma and it means the pre-procedure and with Pradhana Karma and which means as main procedure and the third process is Pashyat Karma and it means as the post-procedure. The benefits of Njavarakizhi (Navarakizhi) are hemiplegia, facial paralysis, muscular atrophy, nourishes tissues, softness the skin, enhance complexion, strengthens body muscles, cures joints stiffness and improves the digestion, improves the sexual power.
In ayurveda tharpanam or tharpan means retention of medicines over the eyes for up to 30 minutes or more a day as a treatment for eye problems such as strain to the eyes, irritation etc. Tharpanam ayurvedic therapy is said to improve eyesight, strengthen the optic nerve and prevent different eye diseases. This is a cleaning process for the eyes, which gives them a cooling effect, prevents eye diseases and strengthens the optic nerves.