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abhyangam

Abhyanga (ah-bee- yanga) is one of many massage routines established by Ayurveda, the four thousand year old health system from India. Ayuveda says that a daily full-body massage (self or from another) is an important part of maintaining good health. Traditionally the abhyanga involves two massage persons, one on either side of the table. Using warm sesame oil enhanced with herbal and floral essences, they perform like a ballet team, rubbing, stroking and massaging each side of the body in unison. On the long limbs and open areas, the strokes are long. Over joints and marma points (body locations identical to acupuncture points) the rubbing is circular to stimulate and align body energy. If the opportunity ever presents, you really should have this ultimate in massage experience. We know now that the skin, in response to being rubbed, creates interferon and interluken II, peptides which enhance the body’s immune system. While being massaged by another is nice, the skin also responds appropriately even when we give ourselves an abhyanga.

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Avagaham

A special treatment for low back ache,sciatica,disk prolapse etc.In this treatment the patient is made to sit in avagaham tub,which is filled with warm decoction of herbs. Body is anointed with medicated oil and plunge bath given in a tub filled with either the decoction of vatahara leaves suitable for patients condition. Relieves back pain & provides muscular relaxation. For the diseases of spinal cord, hip and lower back. Also helpful in gynaecological conditions.

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Elakkizhi Home Ayurvedic Treatments

Elakkizhi Authentic Ayurveda massage therapy involves herbal poultices (bundles) prepared with various herbs and medicated powders. These poultices are warmed in medicated oils and used to massage the entire body, neck, shoulders, hands and back, shifting the person from side to side. This massage can promote better circulation within the affected area thereby promoting increased perspiration, which helps the skin to eliminate wastes. It also helps to tone the skin and can be superbly relaxing. Elakizhi Authentic Ayurveda is an innovative classical massage with medicated leaves and is used to tackle joint pain, muscle cramps, stress and arthritis. Elakizhi Authentic Ayurveda can be done in a perfectly healthy person as well so as to enhance his/her immunity, vitality and longevity of life. The above treatments can be offered in different combinations according to the doctor’s direction. Each of these combinations gives a curative and rejuvenative effect after one undergoes for definite periods and repeating at definite intervals In this treatment the polutices are made out of fresh leaves of herbs processed with medicated oil and some other raw drugs.These are made hot by dipping in hot oil and massage is carried out from both sides.It is a wonderful treatment for rhumatic conditions and some prolonged musculoskeletal disorders etc.

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Kati Vasthi/Greeva Vasthi

The procedure of applying heat to the sacral or lumber region by retaining warm medicated oil with oil with in a specially formed frame on this area is popularly know by the kati vasthi.The term vasthi here is a misnomer. Vasthi generally refers to the administration of the medicine through the rectal route by using the specially designed vasthi instrument. But the kati vasthi does not involve any such procedure rather this is localized from of svedana procedure rather is localized from of svedna procedure .oil is used to apply heat, this is considered as a variety of singdha sveda. Kati vasth i – In this process specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back with herbal pate boundary. It is highly effective in inflammatory conditions. This treatment lasts for 45 minuted to 01 hours and it is good for any type of back pain and spinal disorders. Similar treatment done at chest in heart diseases is called Urovasthi. A specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back and retained inside on herbal paste boundary. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this treatment, deeply cleanses and enriches the blood, builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain free. Recommended in spinal disorders, Relieves pain in sciatica and Inter Vertebral Disc Prolapse (I V D P), Relieves any type of back pain, Stimulates and nourishes nerves relieving pain and numbness

Benefits of Kativasti

Lumbar spondylosis.
Spondylolisthesis.
Disc prolapse.
Ankylosing spondilitis.
Rheumatoid arthritis.
Sacroileitis.
Lumbosacral strain

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Nasyam

Nasyam is meant for cleaning the head region. Patient is asked to lie down on his back on a wooden cot placed in a room devoid of breeze. Head should be placed slightly down and legs higher. Body especially head, neck and chest should be massaged with oil and fomentation is given Nasyam is of three types:

Virechana Nasyam

This type of Nasyam treatment purifies by expelling Doshas from the head region. In this type of Nasyam strong medicines are used to expel out the Doshas instantaneously from the head region.

Brimhana Nasyam

This Nasyam treatment nourishes and strengthens the head region, senses and intellectual functions. It builds up the weaker parts and is indicated in Vata diseases of the head like migraine, loss of voice, diseases of mouth, difficulty in opening eyes and difficulty in lifting hand. Meat soup and ghee medicated with herbs are used as medicines.

Samana Nasyam

This type of Nasyam subsidises the increase Dosha without expelling it out. It is moderate, neither too strong not too mild. This is good mainly in conditions like skin discoloration hair loss, eye diseases, Medicated water and milk can be used for this purpose. Amount of medicines used: It can be either 4 drops or 6 drops of medicated oil depending upon the Dosha involvement.

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Navarakkizhi

Navarakizhi is a treatment using medicated milk-porridge (medicinal rice called navara) made into a bundle (kizhi). The kizhi is dipped in a mixture of milk and medicinal decoction and is applied all over the body. It is an immuno-enhancing rejuvenation therapy and is made use in convalescence period of injury and trauma, muscular wasting, arthritis, general weakness, paralysis, pains related to the joints and sore muscles etc. This is a nourishing and restorative treatment that will reduce emaciation of the muscles and will build a better immune system. It is also very effective to improve the luster and texture of the skin. Navara rice is boiled and cooked in the mixture of milk and a decoction . This is then packed in cloth and tied into bundle .The patient has to lie on the table on his back after oil application on his head and body. Navarakizhi is heated in the same liquid mixture and taken in a vessel and are applied on patients body after checking the temperature. The therapy is done until the cloth bundle becomes empty.

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Pizhichil

Pizhichil is especially beneficial for all imbalances of Vata dosha. The digestive fire is stoked and the immune system fortified. This treatment has helped those experiencing auto-immune illnesses as well as other Vata related conditions (e.g. backache, joint pains, poor circulation, fatigue, and anxiety).Pizhichil, an ayurvedic whole body therapy using lukewarm medicated oil, is ideal and effective for sexual problems, aging, muscular and body pain. Pizhichil therapy is also recommended for a wide number of disorders like nervous disorder, fits, blood pressure, paralysis etc. Here, cloth dipped in lukewarm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body uniformly and then the oil rubbed smoothly over the body of the patient by masseurs on either side. The session may take 1 hour including continuous oil pouring over the body, then rubbing and stimulating the skin using hands and special cotton cloths. Special caution has to be taken for the patient’s head should not get sweat during the treatment. A cloth is tied over the forehead of the therapy taker to prevent oil from getting into the eyes.

Podikkizhi

This therapy uses specific herbs tied in muslin pouches. The warmed herbal formula is gently “pounded” and pressed into the skin by two therapists in a synchronized, rhythmic motion. Used for relieving deep seated tension, increasing circulation, loosen toxins, strengthening muscle tissue and ridding the body of excess Kapha. This is a technique by which whole body or specific parts are made to sweat by using application of certain powders. Certain drugs which have the nature of alleviating the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) are well powdered and are made into boluses in a muslin cloth. These boluses are again heated in warm fire and a gently massage is given over the body. After a few minutes, massage on body the patient is given bath in moderately warm water. Podikizhi is indicated in diseases where there is vitiation of kapha, heaviness of body/extremities and obesity, etc It is a procedure in which massage is done with warm poultices of herbal power.It is good in joint disorders,Arthritic conditions etc.. it gives relaxation alleviates pain & stiffness.

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Shirodhara

Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment which involves slowly pouring herbal liquids over a client’s forehead, exactly to the middle spot of the forehead. Shirodhara is composed of two words, which have their base in the Sanskrit language. The word Shiro means head and the word dhara means flow. It is one of the great purification and rejuvenating therapy also. In this procedure, Herbal liquids poured on the forehead with the help of the metallic or mud pot from a specific height hung above the person who is lying down. It is poured for a specific period continuously and rythmatically allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair. The liquids that are used in Shirodhara can include herbal oils; milk that is medicated, buttermilk, and coconut water. There are specialized forms of shirodhara called tailadhara, ksheeradhara, takradhara and jaladhara. It is good for all ailments particularly for diseases of organs above the neck. Towards the end of the Shirodhara session, moist towels are used to wrap the person’s body. This is done to keep the warmth within the body. It is administered for about 35 to 60 minutes in a day, for a period of 7 to 14 days.

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Udwarthanam

Whole body below the neck with oil or powders of herbes in a direction opposite to the orientation of hair in the body is called as udvartana. Udvartana opens the circulatory channels, facilitates the metabolic activity and improves the complexion of the skin. By virtue of these therapeutic effects one can obtain the following benefits by the udvartana therapy. The whole body is gently massaged with medicated powders prepared with various herbs. This helps to reduce fat patches from the body known as cellulites, toning of the muscles, improves blood circulation and eases joint pains. Regular Udwarthanam is good for not only cellulites but it helps to lose weight by increasing the basal metabolic rate

Benefits of Udwarthanam

Reduces excess of fat in the body.
Increases the stability of the extremities.
Promotes the excellence of skin.
Improves the body complexion.
Corrects the imbalances of the vata dosha.
Leads to a sense of a lightness in the body.
Eliminates the bad body odor, due to excessive sweating or other reasons.
Prevents untimely drowsing.
Cures itching sensation.
Alleviates vitiation of kapha dosha.

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