Abyhanga is the massage par excellence which Ayurveda offers us to recover and maintain our health. In the eastern culture it is done since the baby is born until the last day of the elder -making of it a habit as natural as taking a daily shower. It is recommended to incorporate it as a routine for the person’s profound wellbeing and rejuvenation as wells as preventing diseases.
The therapy of shirodhara consists in pouring without interruption a warm and soothing oil on the patient’s forehead. It can be mixed with herbs, milk or natural essences. This is done from a specific height during a certain time.
Through sweat the organism eliminates impurities and toxins; that is why this technique is offered in therapies of profound detoxification. Steamed herbs are used to enhance its detoxifying properties and/or to induce some particular physical relief. Its regular use allows to prevent diseases, ailments and imbalances of the organism.
Marma in Sanskrit literally means ‘secret’ and it is the anatomical place where the muscles, veins, ligaments, bones and joints (mamsa, siram snayu, asthi and sandhi) are placed.
This technique consists in rubbing with gloves all the patient’s body with special movements which increase the body ph. The gloves are selected according to the person’s biotype. They can be the classic synthetic ones or they can be made of wool, silk or fabric.
Its original name is ‘Pinda-Sweda’, in Sanskrit ‘pinda’ means ball or mass and ‘sweda’, sweat. The pindas are fabric gauzes filled with mineral herbs (sault, sand) which are soaked up with common as well as essential oils. They are then applied on the affected area, alleviating the pain and removing toxins deeply localized. Soft movements are done gently - increasing gradually in intensity so that the heat penetrates the body and allows the medicinal properties of the plants and oils to act over the physical tensions. This provides a profound relaxation to the muscles and tendons.
‘Basti’ in Sanskrit means bladder or container. This technique consists in applying an oil or milk oil and/or special plant decoctions on the affected area. Rings made of organic wholewheat flour work as containers. They are perfectly sealed in order to put the liquid inside and progressively increase its heat until it reaches high temperatures. Bastis can be applied on the eyes, knees, heart, pelvis, back, thyroid, on the different energetic centers (chakras) - among other areas according to the patient’s needs.
It is an integral therapy from the shoulders to the head. It includes exfoliation, massage with oil, marma therapy (energy points), vaporization, toning and facial mask.