The Ayurveda Experience
7 Ways in which a Massage can Enhance your Living
Massage is an ancient Ayurvedic practice, that, to be simply put, translates to 'kneading' or 'pressing' of the body and its vital joints. The healing and recuperative qualities of massage have been well known around the world. During the process of massaging, applying gentle touch on certain pressure points can work wonders for the health and well being of your skin and body. A well performed massage can recharge your mind, body as well as spirit. Some of the ways in which an overall body massage can restore your body rhythms are listed below:
- Relieves Tension
Complete oleation of the body eliminates tension locked in different sections of our body. The cleansing effect of a Massage easily pulls out strain from your body, thus giving it much needed respite.
- Relieves Anxiety
A refreshing experience from massaging occurs when toxins, heat and acidity are gradually released from your body with the help of some age-old massaging techniques. Toxins captured within your body create a web of anxiety, thus affecting your mental, physical and spiritual health.
- Helps with respiratory ailments
A massage can arguably help with respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, allergies and sinus as well. A well conducted research as mentioned by Anne Williams, the Education Program Director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals shows how massage therapy can have an uplifting effect in terms of blood circulation and breathing.
- Restores Peace of Mind
Massage comes as a savior with stress, depression and anxiety plaguing our mental health. An oil therapy session, where medicinal oils are poured over the midpoint of your forehead is psycho-spiritual in nature, as per the Tibetan tradition.
- Replenishes and Rejuvenates
While massaging, circular motions around the orbit of your eyes or at the hollow of your temple, rejuvenate and replenish the skin tone and vibrancy. Soft, supple and a youthful, glowing skin is what you get after undergoing a facial massage.
- Lubricates your Joints
Massage is an excellent way to lubricate joints that have become brittle due to age or less sedentary activity. A massage focusing on gently relieving pressure ensures longevity of the bones and keeps joints functioning properly. An oil massage, for instance, performed by rubbing the Kansa or 'bronze' comprising of healing metals like copper and tin, oozes out stress and fatigue from your body.
- Helps you get a Tranquil Sleep
A lack of proper sleep can ultimately lead to obesity and slow performance at work. Based upon a research carried out by American Massage Therapy Association, massage has been shown to enhance sleep among infants, children, adults, as well as the aged.
Your massage experience get uplevelled with the Kansa wand that acts as your wellness partner, by helping you experience relaxation and relief in a very unique way. If you don’t have a lot of time and want a quick massage, simply apply some oil on your feet (choose between Jojoba based oils, coconut oil or sesame oil) and rub the surface of your feet up with the Kansa Wand in circular movements or up and down from the toes to the heel. Do this for 10 minutes on each foot and then experience a difference in your refreshed mental state as well as energy levels.
How the Kansa Wand works wonders for stress-relief, skin rejuvenation and to give your face an uplifted look!The Kansa wand is a beautiful massage tool from the ayurvedic healing tradition that will work wonders on your skin. This fascinating tool has been used for centuries in much the same way that people in the Himalayan region have used bracelets made of three metals and Tibetan singing bowls to recharge and harmonize the subtle energies of the body and to enhance health and strength, increase energy, support general wellbeing and relieve stress.. The domed massage surface is made of kansa, a very pure form of bronze known throughout india as the healing metal. The high electrical conductivity of this sacred metal blend allows it to work, harmonizing the energies in our meridians and chakras. Think of it as tuning up your face, reawakening the beauty in your skin and your innermost being.
Stress Damages Your Skin
According to Ayurveda, stress can trigger, or aggravate skin disorders such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores and blisters. This is because skin is an organ, connected to our physiology and also our mind. Skin is affected by stress much as any other organ would be.
12 Ways To De-Stress with Ayurveda
- A Silent Lunch: Once you get to work, the work will be what work is, But when it is time for your lunch break, eat your meal in silence without the stress of work around you. If possible eat you lunch while you are looking at nature or in a quiet zone and, certainly not in front of the computer or reading. Do not distract yourself from your food. This will help you create an island of calmness in you.
- Relaxation Quickie: If you have a few spare minutes, try relaxation techniques like going for a walk or doing meditation.
- Let There Be Peace: Always aim to be calm and grounded before you engage in any stressful activity. And once that activity is over bring back your calmness and serenity. By incorporating these islands of serenity into your day, you can tolerate the stresses in your life with much ease.
If you evaluate the stresses in your life, you could begin to ask yourself how can you address the stressors? Is it something that you can be free of?
Ayurvedic Approach to Menstrual Health
During the childbearing years we have two different factors that we can look at to observe how is the dosha affecting the health of female reproductive system? We can look at the menstrual cycle and we can look at fertility. Both of these will allow us to reflect on how the dosha is affecting your health in you female reproductive system.
Your monthly cycle, your menstrual cycle should be regular and predictable. You should be ovulating at the same time of the month and menstruating at the same time every month. The cycle should be easy there should be no mental or physical discomfort before your cycle.
Does your dosha affect fertility?
When dosha gets involved it can interfere with the rasa dhatu formation. The egg is shukra, shukra dhatu is built as the result of healthy dhatu layers all the way down. If the egg is viable and the egg is prepared to be fertilized and to provide for healthy offspring, then we have the good quality shukra. The dosha may interfere with the health of the egg. The quality of the shukra depending on the health of all the layers of dhatu before it.
If the dosha has created imbalance in any of those dhatu layers, fertility may be challenged. Medo dhatu is reflected in the state of the omentum. The omentum is the fatty layer that we have over the abdomen. That fatty covering over the abdomen maintains temperature of the abdominal cavity.
How Hormones Affect Your Health?
Our hormones – oestrogen and progesterone play a huge role in the body. They stimulate the dhatu Agni. The dhatu, the tissues are built in response to what we call the dhatu Agni or the digestive fire.
The hormones drive the formation of dhatu. When you release oestrogen into the system the oestrogen tells your body to produce more rasa, rakta, mamsa, medo, asthi, majja in order to support a pregnancy.In the first half of the woman’s cycle her oestrogen levels are very high, this is because oestrogen is preparing the body for a potential pregnancy.