What is Ayurvedic massage?
Ayurvedic massage is a sheer pleasure of a deeply relaxing indulgent body massage. Ayurvedic massage is one key part of ayurvedic therapy that results in a profound art of balancing the body and mind through mindful awareness and touch by the practitioner. The calm approach and the relaxed state during massage can improve disturbed sleeping patterns and provides a general sense of wellbeing and opposes the effects of everyday stress and strains on the body and mind. In addition, the massage is given in stillness, meaning the massage therapist will be quiet and music will only be played upon request. Make a dosha-imbalance-test to find out which ayurvedic massage is best for you.
The difference to a classical or sport massage is the choreographed soft and rhythmic strokes with light touch and the massage includes head, face, body, hands and feet. The oil and massage room are heated to ensure you feel warm and secure. All of this in combination helps to enhance skin tone, detoxifies and revitalizes the entire body andinduces a deep relaxation. Your ayurvedic massage treatment will begin with a short and confidential consultation and pulse reading prior to your treatment that will take about 5 minutes. This is designed to identify your needs and expectations and will allow me to adapt the massage to your needs.
The consultation is then followed by a 55 to 85 minutes treatment. During the treatment you will be in your underwear and your body will be covered with towels, only the body parts being massaged will be exposed to the oil massage. I use organic sesame, sunflower or coconut oil, sometimes scented with aroma oil, depending on your constitution (dosha). If you are allergic or sensitive to fragrances tell me before we begin the massage. There is no possibility to take a shower after the massage so be aware that your clothes can get oily from the massage.
The powerful benefits of ayurvedic massage
• Strengthens immune system
• Nourishes the body tissues
• Benefits sleep patterns
• Softens & soothes the skin
• Increases blood & lymphatic circulation (if swollen limbs or cold hands and feet)
• Calms the nerves (if high stress level)
• Relieves pain and physical stress
• Cleanses & revitalizes the body
• Lubricates the joints
• Stimulates the internal organs
Book your luxurious ayurvedic spa massage treatment:
Relaxing Abhyanga – deep nourishing ayurvedic oil massage
Abhyanga is a deeply relaxing oil massage for the whole body. This massage is given with gentle and rhythmic strokes on arms and legs and it includes massage of the head (scalp), face, stomach, hands and feet. Abhyanga restores the balance of all doshas, but is especially grounding and relaxing for Vata dosha imbalances. The massage includes a 5 minutes relaxing period at the end.
Energizing Garshan – ayurvedic skin brushing
Garshan massage is a traditional ayurvedic dry massage that stimulates the skin and enhances the blood and lymphatic circulation to release accumulated toxins faster. This detox massage is given with raw silk gloves and light vigorous strokes to remove dead skin layers leaving the skin supple and glowing. This procedure takes around 20 minutes and is followed by a 60 or 90 minutes Abhyanga whole-body massage. This massage includes a 5 minutes relaxing period at the end. This massage is recommended for reduction of Ama (toxins), weight loss and when Kapha is predominant.
Shiroabhyanga – deep relaxing ayurvedic head, face and upper back massage
Shiroabhyanga is an ayurvedic head massage with focus on head, face, and neck and shoulder area. It is an outstanding treatment for relieving mental stress and nervous tension. It is an incredible hair and scalp treatment which nourishes the hair, relaxes the mind and releases head, neck and upper back tension. For the head and upper back massage you will be sitting on the massage table, followed by a vitalizing face and neck massage where you will be lying on your back. Shiroabhyanga includes a short resting period of 5 minutes at the end of the session.
Cupping & Abhyanga – a deep tissue massage followed by a full body oil massage
Cupping promotes blood and lymphatic circulation and releases muscle tension and knots using a vacuum created by suction cups. Cupping is performed with a flowing motion on the treatment area or static as a spot treatment. The cupping massage is about 25 min and is followed by a relaxing 55-min full body massage with warm oil.
Triggerpoint Massage & Shiroabhyanga – a deep tissue massage followed by a head massage
Triggerpoint massage is a muscle treatment where I release msucle knots in the upper back, shoulder and neck region. It is followed by a relaxing scalp massage with aroma oils that includes massage of face, neck and upper back. A luxurious massage to prevent headache, stiff neck and shoulders.
Marma therapy – a healing energy massage
Marma therapy is the original point system of healing in the body. There are 107 marma points in the entire human body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, and three “mahamarmas” that are located in the head, heart and pelvis area. Mahamarmas are the main energy centers processing thoughts, feelings and deeper emotions. Marma vital points are similar to acupuncture or acupressure points and they are access points for subtle energy channels (prana) to body, mind and consciousness.
Physically these points represent junctions where lymphatic system, blood circulation and joints meet in the body. During the massage great focus is given to the stimulation of marmas for the purposes of releasing energy blockings and supporting the body’s own healing capabilities. The knowledge of Marma allows the practitioner to influence the flow of prana through both the gross and subtle bodies for the purposes of restoring health and peace of mind. Throughout life the body is exposed to physical and emotional stress that can accumulate in the marma points and it is vital to have a healthy flow of body fluids and keep the body free from toxins.
The massage is given in a warm room and the body will be covered with towels. Marma vital points are carefully stimulated with very light touch and specially chosen essential oils for the purpose of a relaxing and balancing the body and mind. To give this treatment the best effect this rejuvenating aroma massage therapy (30 or 60 minutes) is combined with a 60-minutes full body massage with warm oil (Abhyanga).