Discover in few words what Ayurveda is. It will help you to understand the importance of ayurvedic massage.
Thousands of years before modern medicine proved through scientific evidence the connection between the mind and the body, the sages of India developed Ayurveda. OMS recognized Ayurveda as a medicine in 1982 and it’s one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. There are two mains principles of Ayurveda :
The mind and body are connected
Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind.
The practice of Ayurvedic massage (oil massage) is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine in India. It is not just a massage that tones and relaxes the body. It’s a real energy work that allows the body and mind to regain their integrities. In Indian tradition massage is an important instrument to keep healthy, remove fatigue, improve life, strengthen the body, help digestion, circulatory and nervous systems etc.
The Ayurvedic massage is based on the theory of Doshas: Vata, Pita, Kapha. Everybody is born with a constitution and according to Ayurveda, massage must be adapted to your constitution. Doshas are mind-body principles that govern the flow of intelligence throughout the physiology. They are extremely important because they facilitate the mind’s dialogue with the body. The Ayurvedic massage balances the three Doshas - in other words the individual energetic characters. The immune system is strengthened and enhances self-confidence.
Understand your unique mind-body type and the specific needs to improve your life. There are three doshas in the Ayurvedic system: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha is governed by two of the five elements : space, air, fire, water, and earth. Space carries all the aspects of pure potentiality – infinite possibilities; air has the qualities of movement and change; fire is hot, direct, and transformational; water is cohesive and protective; and earth is solid, grounded, and stable.
Vata: Movement and Change
Vata is made up of the space and air elements and controls all movement in the body, including the movement of your vocal cords when you speak, the flow of blood, the motion of your arms and legs, and the movement of thought.
If Vata dosha predominates, movement and change are characteristic of your nature.
Pitta: Transformation and Metabolism
The elements that make up Pitta are fire and water. Pitta governs all bodily functions related to digestion, metabolism, and energy production.
Kapha: Structure and Fluidity
Kapha is derived from the water and earth elements. This dosha controls the structure of the body and maintains strength and the physical form in everything from the bones, muscles, and tendons, right down to the cellular level.
Ayurveda has a wide range of body and mind care from meditation to massages, from yoga to detoxification programs and natural herbal remedies to treat many pathologies.