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AYURVEDIC MASSAGE THERAPY

Posted Oct 10 2009 2:13am 1 Comment

Massage Therapy is a combination of science and art which provides a relaxing experience by artistic hand strokes on the body to rejuvenate the mind and body and eliminate stress scientifically.


Massage is an excellent preventive treatment essential for the maintenance of health and fitness. Prevention is always far better than cure. Nowadays, people of all ages are increasingly considering Ayurveda therapies as a way to encourage an improved sense of well-being and as a means to a long, happy and harmonious life free of illness.


Ayurvedic massage therapy works on both the physical and mental levels, transmitting a life-giving energy that assists all systems of the body to repair and renew themselves. Ayurvedic massage practitioners concentrate on the subtle energy points (like in Shiatsu), that respond to gentle physical manipulation, and with the needs of the different body types. The author guides both the novice and the practitioner through each step of the full body and explains which massage oils and massage techniques work best for particular body types.


Massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness.

Massage Therapy is defined as “a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client”.

Therapeutic massage improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.


Massage Therapy operates on the foundation of different types of strokes and oils that work on stress accumulated areas in an effort to achieve a relaxed mind and body.

Benefit of Massage Therapy (System wise)

People have been enjoying the benefits of massage for thousands of years. Records indicate that it was used in several ancient societies for a variety health reasons. Today, massage still provides benefits to all the systems of the body, some of which are outlined below.

Benefits to the Nervous System


The nervous system is profoundly influenced by the application of massage. The effects of massage may be soothing and sedative, providing relief from nervous irritability. Disorders such as insomnia, tension, headaches and other stress-related conditions respond to the healing power of touch as peace and harmony returns to the troubled mind. Alternatively, the effects of massage on the nerves may be stimulating, promoting an increase in the activity of the muscles, vessels and glands governed by them. It is invaluable in cases of lethargy and fatigue.

Benefits to the Muscular System


The muscular system derives enormous benefits. Muscles maintain a balance in relaxing and contracting. Some massage movements relax and stretch the muscles and soft tissues of the body, reducing muscular tension and cramp. Fibrous tissues, adhesions and old scar tissue can be broken down and cleansed of waste deposits. As muscles contract, toxic products are eliminated. Other movements produce the contraction of muscles promoting good muscle tone. Muscle fatigue and stiffness caused by over activity, and the resulting build-up of toxic substances in the muscles, is reduced by muscular contraction and relaxation.

Benefits to the Skeletal System


The skeletal system is strengthened by using massage. Bone is indirectly affected by massage. Improvements to the circulation of blood and lymph in the muscles lead to better circulation in the underlying bones, benefiting their nutrition and growth. Stiffness of the joints, and pains resulting from conditions such as arthritis, are reduced providing comfort and ease of movement.

Benefits to the Circulatory System


The circulatory system also benefits from the action of massage. It takes the pressure off the arteries and veins, accelerating the flow of blood through the system providing relief for poor circulation and cardiac problems. The heartbeat strengthens the rate of the heartbeat decreases and high blood pressure is reduced.

Benefits to the Lymphatic System


The lymphatic system is stimulated and the flow of lymph is accelerated throughout the system. As the massage strokes are performed, the waste and poisonous substances which have accumulated in our overstressed bodies are rapidly eliminated.

Benefits to the Respiratory System


The respiratory system responds an increased activity in the lungs is stimulated by massage. As the treatment proceeds, the breath slows and deepens. If necessary, mucous and bronchial secretions can be encouraged to leave the lungs by percussive movements on the back and over the lungs.

Benefits to the Digestive System


The digestive system benefits when massage promotes the peristaltic activity (wave like motion) in the colon enhancing the elimination of faecal matter and combating constipation. It strengthens the muscular walls of the intestines and abdomen, and stimulates the secretion of digestive juices from the liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines.

Benefits to the Skin


The skin, both the activity and the nutrition of the benefit from massage. The sweat and sebaceous glands are stimulated, improving their function and ensuring the elimination of waste products. Skin condition, texture and tone are greatly improved - the skin is healthy and glowing following a treatment.

Benefits to the Genito-urinary System


The genito-urinary system, the use of abdominal and back massage promotes the activity of kidneys, which enhances the elimination of waste products and reduces fluid retention.

Benefits to the Reproductive System


The reproductive system can also be improved. Abdominal and back massage can help to alleviate menstrual problems such as period pains, irregular menstruation, PMS and the symptoms of menopause.

Overall Health Benefit of Massage Therapy

  1. Massage therapy and bodywork increases blood circulation thus enabling the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  2. A therapist can render massage that stimulates the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders.
  3. Helps in releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.
  4. Is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
  5. Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
  6. Contributes to shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant mothers, as well as lessening the need for medication, minimizing depression and anxiety, and shortening hospital stays.
  7. Can relax tense and tightened muscles. Massage therapist often render massage to treat low-back pain and neck pain.
  8. Reduces overall stress. It helps the body’s stress response by lowering levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.
  9. Massage therapy could also treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis


Physical Benefit of Massage Therapy:

  1. Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  2. Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  3. Reduces muscle spasms
  4. Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  5. Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
  6. Reduces blood pressure
  7. Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  8. Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  9. Improves posture
  10. Strengthens the immune system
  11. Treats musculoskeletal problems
  12. Rehabilitation post operative
  13. Rehabilitation after injury

 

Emotional Benefit of Massage Therapy:

  1. Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  2. Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  3. Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  4. Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
  5. Fosters a feeling of well-being
  6. Reduces levels of anxiety
  7. Creates body awareness
  8. Increases awareness of mind-body connection

 

 

 

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Ayurveda Massage and Bodywork hands on training  - 3 Day class, Asheville , North carolina

Date : April 9th,10th,11th 2010.  Cost - $ 350.00 per class

Class includes - 24 CE hours pending approval

Certificate of completion , Instructional booklet on how to on the treatments.

Contact Phone number : 408-982-9113

Email :  mookshausa@gmail.com

Website :www.mooksha.com

Videos of the event on You tube :

Abhyangam - Ayurveda Body Massage  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5o8A_4IgJ0

 

Sirodhara - Ayurveda 3rd Eye Treatment  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-gu2hxuJA

 

About Ayurveda ( Holistic system of healing)

 Ayurveda is a 5000 year old wisdom passed down from sages and has its origin from the asian subcontinent. Ayurvedic way of life is being one with your self. It is said that our thought is the most fastest travelled of any in the world ,, and it is the thoughts  that we need to control for the betterment of life We are here to share about our life force ayurveda - meaning way of life in sanskrit.

 Our teachers or my Gurus they share everything that they have learned traditionally from their guru;s . They are doctors of the modern world but practising ayurveda in the authentic way.

  Workshop designed for :

This workshop is designed for massage therapists and body work providers ,Yoga instructors, Holistic wellness and healers  who share their interest in holistic approach and  in deepening their understanding of the therapeutic relationship through the art of  developing their inner healing and thereby also understanding the clients needs to heal. 

About the Workshop :

An introduction to the different therapies in Ayurveda , The depth of ayurvedic medicine, introduction to herbs , Hands on training to the different therapies and wellness.

             11 Authentic Ayurvedic Therapies

             Leading this journey of hands on Body work therapies,the instructor would explain you how theses authentic treatments which  leads us to physiological and cellular cleansing, purification regeneration and rejuvenation.

             Ayurvedic massage and Bodywork therapies  helps your body detoxify gently and develops a sense of calmness and relaxation throughout the body both at the physiological and psychological aspects.

             You will learn about Ayurvedic Skin and beauty treatments , stress management therapies

             Different aspects of massage and body work which encompasses the variety of different marma points, and cleansing of our subtle energy channels called  the nadi’s

             The usage of our potent herbal oils with its intelligence of its own and its healing .

             Every treatment regime is different from the other this class would help you design a treatment regime – and will help you determine which therapy will be well suited for your client.

             The usage of Herbal powders with potent herbal oils for skin conditions and beautification

             Hot treatments like swedhana  for detoxifying and help to bring balance to our bodies with use of herbs.

             Some researches show that around 80 % of chronic conditions are brought in by improper lifestyle and improper stress management – and our clinical practices have shown with a proper  regime of therapies you could bring in a balance in ourself and others.

             These treatments are geared towards allowing our bodies to gently detoxify and bring in a  sense of calmness and relaxation.

             How food can be your medicine , simple lifestyle changes can bring in wellness.

             You will give and receive some of the below treatments.

  Therapies you will learn :

Hands on  training on the different healing methods 

Abhayanga ( Authentic Ayurveda massage therapy)

Mukha Lepam ( Authentic ayurvedic Facial – usage of saffron oil along with herbal paste )

Mukha Swedanam ( Hot steam treatment before the facial for your face)

Mukha Abhayanga ( Ayurvedic Facial Massage)

Udvarthanam ( Scrub with herbal powders for skin conditions)

Utsadanam ( Beautification treatment like a wrap for the whole body with herbal oils and herbal powders)

Shirovasthi ( warm herbal oil treatment for headaches, and stress management)

Shirodhara ( warm herbal oil will be poured on the forehead brings great deal of relaxation and awareness)

Nasya ( cleansing your sinus and clears the mind , administration of herbal  oil through nose)

Kizhi ( Massaging the body with a bundle of  herbal powders with warm herbal oil to sooth the nerves relieves back aches and  pain in the body)

Pichu  ( Warm herbal oil treatment on the head that relieves any stress or tension in the head)

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