Learn about the natural health benefits of Ayurvedic Massage Therapy & find an Ayurvedic Massage Therapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.
Fact: Ayurveda covers a variety of techniques from detoxification, diet and herbal prescriptions to yoga, meditation and massage therapy.
Founded: Ayurveda is the five thousand year-old medical system of India.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
WHAT EXACTLY IS AYURVEDIC MASSAGE?
Massage therapy relieves pain from injuries, stress and muscular tension through the manipulation of soft tissues of the body. Massage treatment enables the body’s recovery and healing process from some acute and chronic conditions. Additionally it enhances lymph and blood circulation, supplying fresh oxygen and nutrients to the recovering tissues as well as flushing out the body’s toxins. Ayurvedic massage is one part of the traditional detoxification and rejuvenation of the Indian program, ‘Panchakarma’. This involves a vigorous massage of the whole body, using large amounts of warm oil and herbs, which aids the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurvedic massage works on the ‘Marma’ (pressure) points such as Adhipati (top of the forehead), Sthapani (third eye) and Apanga (side of eyebrow).The therapy objective is to open up ‘energy’ channels at these points if they are believed to cause an imbalance or blockage. Whereas; the traditional Western techniques manipulate the contours of the body.
Sessions typically last between 45 minutes and 1 hour although you should expect the first session to be longer as your therapist will ask you about your medical history along with other relevant health and lifestyle details. Ayurvedic philosophy is centered on the theory of the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha (tri-dosha). These are the fundamental energies that form each body type. The practitioner evaluates the balance of these energies within your body, which from there determines which oils and massage strokes are most suitable for you.
The type of Ayurvedic massage prescribed can be the entire body or a specific area of the body such as an Indian Head Massage. The therapist is trained to focus on the ‘marma’ points; these are pressure points similar those used in reflexology, acupuncture & acupressure. Oil is also poured into the ears (karna purana), between the eyebrows (shirodhara) and at specific chakras or energy points (marma chikitsa), with your permission, using different techniques. Techniques employed include squeezing, tapping and kneading as well as other traditional massage manipulations.
After a treatment you’ll need time to relax and wash the herbal oil out of your hair. The massage will also dehydrate the body and release toxins so drink plenty of water afterwards. Following your session the therapist will discuss the treatment with you and from there, advise you upon any further sessions that may be needed. It is important to tell your therapist if are or if you think you are pregnant, as not all the oils, which are used are safe during pregnancy.
Most people find Ayurvedic massage therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ). Ayurvedic massage therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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