Abhyangam, the ayurvedic oil massage- is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by the Ayurvedic healing system for overall health and well-being. Traditional Ayurvedic texts recommend daily Abhyanga because of its overall benefits like nourishing, pacifies the doshas, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep, enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body".
Benefits of Ayurvedic oil massage:
1) Increased blood circulation, especially to nerve endings 2)) Cleans and tones the skin making it lustrous 3) Improves stamina and longevity 4) Removes fatigue 5) It promotes sleep 6)Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology 7) Calming for the nerves 8) Lubrication of the joints 9) Increased mental alertness 10) Improved elimination of impurities from the body.
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy evolved and practiced in Kerala Ayurvedic system. Warm oil (or other liquid) pours in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘ajna marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp and penetrates into the nervous system. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation. Shirodhara is traditionally done as part of the Panchakarma cleansing process using specially prepared shirodhara oil. It is also safe and effective as a stand-alone therapy.
Benefits of Shirodhara includes: Strengthens central nervous system (CNS), Strengthens sensory organs, Reduces stress and anxiety, Decreases hypertension, Offers sound sleep,
Ailments & conditions treated with Shirodhara are Headache, Migraine, Hair loss, Dandruff, Premature Greying, Dementia,Memory Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Hemiplegia, Paralysis.
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Takradhara for Psychosomatic Diseases, like Psoriasis
Takra-dhara is a type of Shirodhara in which herb infused takra or buttermilk is poured from a specific height and for a specific time period continuously and rhythmically. The takra runs through the scalp and into the hair.