Ayurvedic massage is part of the Ayurveda tradition, which is a ritual that combines 5,000-year-old Indian principles of Ayurveda and pressure points.
These massages are generally helpful in dealing with conditions related to heart-health, digestive and respiratory systems, the spinal cord, brain, and other psychosomatic conditions.
Tap ahead to read about the five most commonly-known types of Ayurvedic massage.
Abhyanga is a form of nourishing oil massage using various therapeutic and prescribed oils, and it is known to nourish the tissues of our body and aid the process of healthy ageing.
Udwarthana is a dry body massage using therapeutically prescribed coarse herbal powders. This massage is a detoxifying treatment which helps to improve cellular cleansing.
Usthadana is a type of Ayurvedic massage where herbal paste is used to massage the body. It is detoxifying, much like Udwarthana, and is also used as a weight loss remedy and to boost metabolism.
Mardhana features massage strokes similar to western massages such as beating, pounding, tapping, etc. It helps in manipulating the bulky muscles and also helps the body to relax.
Gharshana is a massage that requres the use of a full palm and it is usually a dry massage. This is mainly performed to improve circulation in the body, and it helps muscles to relax.