Abhayangam is a process by which the whole body is oileated with required type of medicated oil, followed by gentle massage in seven different body postures, applying specific pressure and movements.
The recipient is made to lie on a wooden bed called ‘Dhroni’ while undergoing the treatment and special care is given to the foot massage giving special emphasis to the sole of the feet. Oil should be chosen according to the season and the personal constitution(prakruti). Sesame oil is the best for massaging according to Ayurveda. In the winter one can also use mustard oil, though it should not be used in summer. Cocunut oil is also good for massaging in a hot climate. People with a Vatha type of body should use warm oils, and those with Pitta type will benefit from cool oils. The Kapha types should have dry massage or should use mustard oil after warming. In order to determine your constitution, take a constitution test.Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
- Reduces mental tension
- Tones up dhathus, body basics
- Increase functional efficiency of muscles
- Improves vigor & vitality
- Improves skin complexion
- Increases softness of skin
- Provides sound sleep
- Reduces nervous weakness
It is another form of sudation therapy where herbal steam is applied evenly on the entire body to produce perspiration. The head region is excluded from the treatment the person undergoing the therapy is given cool liquids to prevent dehydration.
Swedanam can be effectively utilized in treating muscular stiffness and numbness and is found to enhance the body’s blood circulation.Duration : 15 to 20 minutes
- Effective in muscular stiffness
- Reduces numbers
- Decreases heaviness of the body
- Enhances blood circulation
This is the swedanam with poultice of from herbal leaves. The leaves are made into small pieces and prepared in medicinal oil along with slices of lemon, curcuma powder, grated coconut, mustard, etc and poultice is made. This poultice is dipped in medicinal oil and applied all over the body.
In podikizhi herbal powder is used.
This is the most unctuous type of snehata (oileation) and swedana combination. Special rice called Njavara is cooked well in milk and herbal decoct ional poultice is prepared. This poultice is dipped in milk and herbal decoction applied all over the body.
This treatment is beneficial in treating poliomyelitis, facial palsy, hemiplegial and other degenerative muscular disorders and muscular atrophy/dystrophy.
It improves the muscle tone and nourishes muscles.
Dhara means flowing of ayurveda oils, herbal decoctions, butter milk, milk, etc. If this treatments is done using Ksheera (Milk) it is known as “Ksheeradhara”.
If the dhara is done for the forehead above forehead it is then called as ‘Sirodhara’, and for the whole body it is known as “Sarvangadhara”.
All dhara are done after applying warm oil all over the body.
Dhara therapy where medicated lukewarm milk is poured over the body to induce perspiration, Usually cow’s milk is utilized for the treatment, but occasionally buffalo milk is also used in this treatment for diseases caused by the disorders of ‘pitha’.
The pouring of milk is done by using a special pitcher with nozzle and is continued for 45 to 60 minutesDuration: 45 to 60 minutes
- Reduces body weakness
- Effective treating paralysis
- Restores muscle strength
- Restores nerve strength
- Increase skin complexion
- Increase softness of the skin
It is a form of Dhara (pouring) where medicated buttermilk is poured over the forehead and scalp continuously in an oscillating pattern of a period of 45 to 60 minutesDuration : 45 to 60 minutes
- Effective in rejuvenating brain cells
- Improves memory
- Cures sleeplessness
- Reduces mental tension
- Cures headaches
It means to raise or elevate. It is believed that this name is derived from the treatment’s capacity to improve the body condition of the person taking this treatment. Fine medicated powder is applied over the whole body with upward strokes of massage, quite opposite of the usual Ayurvedic massages.
The same seven positions of Abhayangam are followed here. A warm bath that accompanies Udwarthanam then washes away the paste, emitting a lovely scent of leaves lasts for long time. There are many different types of Udwarthanam, and they are categorized with reference to their purposes, whether it is medical or for relaxation. Our patients after undergoing Udwarthanam comment that it leaves the skin a glowing and “lustrous” colour.ration : 45 to 60 minutes
- Reduces obesity
- Diminishes body odour
- Better mobility to body joints
- Induces perpiration
- Increases lightness of the body