ABHYANGAM (SPECIAL HERBAL MASSAGE)
The person undergoing massage is seated on the Droni (a wooden plank specially made for the massage). Two masseurs stand on either side of the person, applying herbal oil on the head and massaging gently. The massage is continued on the neck, ears, shoulders, chest and back. The person then turns on their back and the massage is continued from shoulder to toe. During the course of the massage the person lies on his right side, left side, stomach, and again on his back, and finally in the sitting position. General Massage (Abhyangam) has been found very effective for improving eyesight, longevity, sound sleep, rheumatism, vitality and creates glowing skin. These massages are also a preventive medicine; in short it rejuvenates the body and maintains the physique. This massage also improves appetite, reduces stress levels and builds the body’s immunity.
The patient lies on a wooden bed in a comfortable position and is covered with a liberal application of the medicated oil (herbal concoction of milk or other materials) on the head and body. A specially designed apparatus is filled with the medicated oil and placed at a specific height. The masseur then swings the apparatus back and forth so that the oil flows continuously and gently across the forehead. The head is then dried with a towel and again oil is applied to the head. This treatment can also be done for a specific part or the whole body, depending on the ailment. It promotes rejuvenation and revitalization of the human mind and body, diminishing the effect of ageing. It is a special massage therapy for stress & strain.
Herbal poultices (bundles) are prepared with various herbs and medicated powders. These poultices are warmed in medicated oils and used to massage the entire body, neck, shoulders, hands and back, shifting the person from side to side. This massage can promote better circulation within the affected area thereby promoting increased perspiration, which helps the skin to eliminate wastes. It also helps to tone the skin and can be superbly relaxing.
This is one of the special massages for rejuvenating the whole body. In this treatment the patient lies on the Droni (a wooden bed specially designed for the purpose). Next a piece of linen dipped in warm medicated oil is squeezed on to the patient’s body as the body is continuously massaged. The massage is very slowly with light pressure. This massage protects you from illnesses and improves your immune system adding vitality and health to your life. It also aids in the healing of rheumatic diseases, blood pressure, pain in the joints and diabetes.
The body is massaged with small linen bags (bundles) filled with cooked Navara rice, which is cooked in cow’s milk and a specific herbal mixture These bags are dipped in the same mixture and applied over the whole body of the patient. The bags are not too hot or too cold. After wiping the body with a dry towel, the medicated oil is again applied. It is one of the most excellent forms of treatments to impart luster to the skin and nourishment for the body through the skin. It also cures various ailments.
Lukewarm, medicated oil is applied to the entire head. A leather cap is then placed on the head to maintain the temperature. The course of treatment is effective for migraine, deafness, diseases affecting cranial nerves, facial paralysis, insanity, diseases of the head and eyes, chronic cold, sinusitis, rheumatism, arthritis, etc. In fact this treatment is good for all diseases.
THALAPOTHICHIL (Head Pack)
Herbal oil is applied on the head and massaged. Varti (a special cloth) is tied around the head and thereafter the herbal paste is applied with uniform thickness all over the head. After 45 minutes the paste is removed and the head is wiped clean. This treatment is very good in the case of hair loss, dandruff, graying, insomnia, low blood pressure (BP) and chronic sinusitis.
From the shoulders up the patient’s body is massaged causing it to perspire. The medicine in exact dose is measured and poured into the nostrils, as the patient inhales. During the process the area around the nose, neck, shoulders, palms & feet are rubbed. This is very effective in ailments such as sinusitis, migraine, chronic cold and chest congestion.
This therapy is used in cases of memory loss, severe headache and insanity.
MASSAGE OF THE HEAD
Oil is applied to the head, which gets absorbed deeply into the scalp through the roots of the hair. It nourishes, lubricates and strengthens the hair roots and scalp; preventing hair loss, headaches, premature greying and activates pituitary glands. It also improves memory and relaxes the muscles of the face.
Kaircin is used for the face. This oil nourishes, cleanses and beautifies the tissues bringing a smooth youthful glow to the complexion thus reducing wrinkles.
After the facial massage face pack is applied and can be left on until the full body massage is complete. This makes the skin soft and glowing.
This is done by allowing clarified butter (Ghee) to remain in the eyes, which strengthens the optic nerves and improves the eyesight.
This is a process of washing the eyes with medicated liquid or oils. This helps to relieve tension in the eyes, thus improving eyesight and eliminating pain and fatigue. It brings luster to the eyes and smoothes away wrinkles.
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