Ayurveda originated in India more than 5000 years ago and is the oldest continually practised healthcare tradition in the world. Its written source is found in the ancients texts of the Vedas, transcribed by great sages and seers who produced India’s original systems of Astrology, Yoga and Meditation.
“Ayur” means “span of life” and “Veda” means “knowledge.” Simply put, Ayurveda concerns itself with the maintenance, quality and longevity of life: The Science of Life.
The fundamental principle of Ayurveda is our body consists of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether, all these elements constantly being consumed by our nature and our body. Ayurveda believes the well-being depends on the quality, quantity, and pattern of these elements. An analysis of this pattern can give accurate insight into the metabolism of the person and facilitate sooner recovery from ailments. The extended agenda of Ayurveda is to prevent the onset of imbalance altogether.
Abhyanga, the traditional Ayurvedic massage
Abhyanga (Sanskrit: अभ्यंग or अभ्यङ्ग “oil massage“) is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with large amounts of warm oil to heal and detoxify body, mind and spirit. The oil can be pre-medicated with herbs blended to your Dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) type for specific conditions.
Snehan is the application of oil to the body externally and/or internally. From basic massage to more complex ones, to all internal therapeutic oil treatments, all are a form of Snehan.
Though the term denotes a large spectrum of treatments, here we are referring to Snehan as a basic massage using medicinal Ayurvedic oils.
Benefits of Abhyanga:
- decreases the effects of ageing
- increased levels of stamina
- nourishes the body
- toning of the muscles
- lubrication of the joints
- stimulates the internal organs of the body
- imparts firmness to the limbs
- promotes longevity
- improves sleep
- eliminate toxins from the body
- corrects digestion and blood pressure
- increases mental alertness
- calms the nerves
- softens skin and bestows good eyesight.
There are many places around the world where you can try an Abhyanga treatment, choose the most suitable place for you where an authentic practice is applied.
We highly recommend Neuroprana. Neuroprana is a serene sanctuary providing a natural and holistic approach to health care, nutrition and physical/mental development. It is located in Yogiville India, Tiruvannamalai, the home of Swami Ramana Maharshi and many Siddhas. Yogiville is a place in South India where people can come and experience life, enjoy retreats, feel nurtured, supported and rejuvenated by the beautiful surroundings, Ayurvedic vegetarian food and treatments.
You can try here a full-body Abhyanga massage or other treatments that include the traditional Abhyanga massage techniques.
Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Full Body Massage 60/90 min
A traditional massage characterised by long flowing strokes where accumulated stress and toxins dissolve. This is a relaxing treatment that improves lymph flow, stimulates the immune system, detoxifies, strengthens and revitalises the entire nervous system. An integral part of most Ayurvedic health programs. A powerful recharger and rejuvenator.
Marma Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Energy Point Massage 90 min
This purifying and invigorating massage combines the traditional abhyanga techniques of long circular strokes with that of the acupressure marma points, to promote healing and release physical and emotional blockages. It is an invigorating yet relaxing treatment which helps eliminate toxins and regenerates the entire body for renewed health and vitality.
Prashtha Abhiyanga – Ayurvedic Back Massage 60 min
Recommended for pain, tension and stiffness of the back and shoulders. Special Ayurvedic oils are used for this therapeutic massage geared towards relieving back pain and wiping stress away. All at once relaxing and revitalising, it improves blood circulation to the back and relieves tension throughout the body. A course of treatments is very beneficial for those suffering from chronic back pain.
Nabhi Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Abdominal Massage 30 min
Strengthens the abdominal muscles and alleviates digestive problems. The stimulation of Marma points will intensify the detoxification process, increasing metabolism and assisting weight loss programmes. Nabhi Abhyanga is also ideal for post-pregnancy toning, and treatment of all digestive disorders, such as bloating, constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Pada Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Foot Massage 60 min
This relaxing foot massage is highly revitalising for tired legs and feet, while also increasing the flow of energy within the entire body. Very helpful for people with stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Improves circulatory disorders, eliminates toxins, swelling and soreness of the feet.