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Ayurvedic massage is practiced throughout india, as a way of life. Its time-honored healing techniques have held a universal appeal not only for physicians and clinical therapists, but for families as well.
In the west, the practice of ayurveda is gaining momentum, as individuals are becoming more aware of alternative yet non-invasive healing systems. At the birla center for hast jyotish, our team of therapists* employs the same techniques of massage as they are practiced in india today.
Ayurveda, the science of longevity, is based on the premise that our body, as a microcosm of nature embodies the five universal elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether. These elements, called panch tattwas, correspond respectively to our sense of smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing. The elements can be further reduced to three fundamental constitutions (doshas in ayurveda) which are called kapha, pitta and vata.
Kapha, represented by water and earth, governs structure and stability. Kapha lubricates our joints allowing for ease of movement. Our skin maintains its suppleness and texture through this dosha. Due to the deliberate and slow moving nature of kapha, one can become lethargic which can lead to weight problems. Ten percent of illnesses are caused by imbalanced kapha.
Pitta, represented by fire, governs enzymatic and hormonal activity, digestion, skin pigmentation, body temperature, thirst, hunger and eyesight. Pitta people are intelligent, perceptive and visionary. However, their intense, perfectionist nature can result in agitation as they can become overly critical and demanding. Thirty percent of illnesses are caused by imbalanced pitta.
Vata, represented by air and ether, governs the nervous system. Vata people are imaginative, full of ideas, creative and fast moving, but they must guard against being overstimulated which can lead to nervous disorders. Sixty percent of illnesses are caused by imbalanced vata.
Health is achieved when the doshas are integrated together as a harmonized trinity referred to as tridoshic. Ayurvedic massage aims towards establishing a balance among our vata, pitta and kapha doshas.
An ayurvedic session with one of our therapists will include deep tissue massage and the application of medicinal oils and herbs. Oil, in general, prevents dryness, increases the suppleness of the skin, and prevents many of the effects of premature aging. Benefits vary depending on the oils used.
One well-known beauty treatment in ayurveda is a paste called ubtan that combines various herbs and oils to soften the skin and leave a healthy glow. Due to its enhancing effects, it has been used traditionally by brides-to-be in india before their wedding day. As we can all benefit from this paste, we use it in our deep tissue massage service.
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