Abhyangam is a Sanskrit word which means oil application. It is commonly known as Ayurvedic Oil Massage. "Skin" the largest organ of the body is a sense organ of touch. Ayurvedic ancient texts recommend daily Abhyangam and it should be practiced by everyone. This type of daily oil massage can be a simple oil application and be done by one’s own self. Abhyangam when practised daily bestows ‘one with long life span ,energy, complexion and youthful skin.This treatment mostly beneficial for rejuvenation, the treatment act as a protector and preserver which helps in increasing the self-confidence and will power of the individual. The treatment involves body massage with a large amount of medicated oils which helps greatly in increasing the immune power of an individual by increasing the white blood cell production in their body. The treatment is used as a Dinacharya, according to the ancient Ayurvedic inscriptions which are used to maintain the complete health of the body. The treatments help in powering up the defence mechanism of the body, and provide immunity to resist the sudden environmental changes. the massage done with the medicated oils applied all over the body by applying pressure to the nerves, muscles and vital parts of the body, helps in strengthening the muscles, improving the blood circulation and Nerve conductions. The treatment is mostly a prescription for the complete nourishment of the body, to maintain a balanced dosha, and to bring the disturbed dosha to a balance.
Nasyam is a therapeutic treatment for the nose, throat, sinuses and head. The face, shoulders and chest are massaged with specific herbal oil and the herbal extracts and herbal oils are measured exactly and instilled into the nostrils, while inhaling. After this process, the area around the nose, chest, palms and foot are massaged vigorously. This Ayurvedic therapy can provide a miraculous remedy for congestion. When it is combined with Abhyangam, it also calms the body, relieving it of stress and toxins. It also helps regulate our hormones. This extended therapy will cleanse, purify and strengthen the nasal passages allowing you to breathe fully and easily again. Nasya therapy is a process whereby the required medication is administered through the nostrils. Since the nose is the gateway of the head, this form of therapy is highly effective in treating a number of diseases related to the head area, if systematically performed. The therapy cleanses and opens the channels of the head, thereby improving the process of oxygenation (prana), which has a direct influence on the functioning of the brain. This therapy enhances the activity of the sensory organs and protects from conditions and afflictions associated with the head area.
Shirodhara is a Purifying and Rejuvenating Therapy designed to eliminate toxins and mental exhaustion as well as relieve stress and any ill effects on the central nervous system. Shirodhara is a unique form of ancient therapy of pouring oil on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously..Shirodhara is a unique Ayurvedic treatment which is greatly effective for the treatment including most eye diseases, sinusitis, greying of hair, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia and types of skin diseases like psoriasis. There are different forms of Shirodhara namely Thyladhara, Kshetradhara, Thakradhara and Jaladhara. The treatment method mainly includes pouring medicate oil over the forehead in a thin and slow stream. Mostly medicated oils, milk or butter are used in the treatment and is made to fall through the forehead of the individual. The treatment is mostly followed for about 45 min for a period of 7 to 14 days. The treatment is also beneficial for stress relieving and maintaining a peaceful and clear mind. The treatment method is very effective for, Trauma, Stress Disorder, Insomnia and other Sleep Disorder, Jet Lag and Hypertension. The treatment is not advisable for pregnant ladies to a period of the 3rd trimester, and individuals, with rash or sunburn on the forehead or to the scalp area. The treatment method mainly aims at improving the mental health and stability by providing a state of mind where you are tension and stress-free.
This therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). The whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. Three therapists attend to the client, focusing on their particular needs. More than three liters of relaxing, medicated oil is used in this therapy. Pizhichil protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the aging process. Pizhichil is beneficial for alignments like hemiplegia, and other paralysis. The patient is made to sit on a dhara table with legs extended. A cotton swab after soaking in suitable oil is applied over the scalp. Then Karnapurana (application of oil in the ears) is done. The rolled cotton cloth has to be tied above the ears, around the head at the level of forehead. Ears should be plugged with cotton and oil is applied all over the body. Gentle massage is performed by two masseurs attending on either sides of the patient. The oil used for Pizhichil is to be heated by keeping the vessel on a hot water bath. The temperature of the oil must be comfortable to the patient. Then piece of cloth is to be dipped in the warm oil and squeezed over body with right hand. Simultaneously gentle massage is done with left hand. The oil should flow in uniform stream from the thumb facing downwards from a height 12 to 20 cms or as per the condition of the disease patient.
Podikizhi is effective in curing arthritis, paralysis, neuro- muscular diseases, insomnia problems and stimulates the nervous system. Helpful for LS myosceletic problems, backaches, joint aches, shoulder aches. It revives the cells of the skin and offers glow and vitality. Podikizhi treatment is effective in treating the joints, spine, lower back, and muscles. These are the parts of the body that get affected by the vitiation of Kapha. They include: The feet, ankles, wrist, fingers – Podikizhi can help rid these smaller bones of the body of acutely painful episodes, inflammation, deformity, and immobility. The joints in the arms, neck, lower back, hips, spine, and knees – swelling, immobility, stiffness, pain, and numbness can be cured. Body muscles – Podikizhi can relieve soreness, swelling, sprains, and muscle strain. The skin – by helping to regenerate and revive skin cells, Podikizhi brings a glow to it and makes it appear youthful. Whether these are caused by long-term ailments such as osteoporosis or sudden injuries, Podikizhi can provide great relief. It is a highly effective treatment, usually given to the patient in multiple sessions. The recovery time is quite short as well.