What is Ayurvedic Massage? Everything you need to know about Ayurvedic Massage

India has embraced the concept of massage for thousands of years. We can find it in our scriptures, our paintings, sculptures. It is believed that the roots of present-day massage can be traced back to the time of Gods and Goddesses. We believe that the classical approach of Ayurvedic massage has been passed on to us humans from Gods, who then passed it to the sages before it finally reached us. Today, Ayurvedic massage remains as one of the most popular forms of massage therapy- not just in India but throughout the world. The Principles of Ayurveda is believed to have been practised for over 5000 years. Get your Ayurvedic Massage in Anna Nagar and get pampered yourself.


In the Hindu religion Dhanvantari, an avatar of Lord Mahavishnu is believed to be the God of Ayurveda. Sushruta, in his book "Sushruta Samhita", believed that Dhanwantari had reincarnated in the form of a king in Varanasi and passed on the knowledge of Ayurveda to a group of physicians, including himself. Since then, the practice has been evolving for thousands of years. 

Ayurveda believes in the use of complex compounds, minerals and metal substances. An Ayurvedic massage is inspired by nature and different forms of organic oils and compounds are used. 

Scholars believe that Ayurveda existed greatly during the Indus Valley Civilization and that it evolved greatly during the Vedic Period. Buddhism and Jainism are also believed to have roots in Ayurveda. 

Legend has it that the ideas of Ayurveda developed in the mid-first millennium BCE, with close ties to Sankhya and Vaisesika philosophies. It has emphasised on the maintaining the balance of the body, with the proper alignment of the dhatus(tissues), rasa(plasma), rakta(blood), mamsa(muscles), meda(fat), asthi(bones), majja(marrow) and shukra(semen). It has emphasized on elimination of the malas(wastes) and doshas(harmful biochemicals). 

I'm the modern times, the Central Council of Indian Medicine(CCIM) was formed under the Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy(AYUSH) in 1971. The AYUSH ministry was formed in 9th November 2014. 

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What to expect: 

"Abhyanga" is the traditional name for Ayurvedic Massage. It means "love or care." The massage aims to provide physical benefits like releasing muscle tension, drain the lymphatic wastes, nourish skin from head to toe. The main goal of an Ayurvedic therapist is relaxation- attaining a state of peace(Shanti). 

Ayurvedic massage stands out from the other forms of massage in the fact that it focuses more on the skin, rather than strokes penetrating deep into the tissue muscles. There is not a ton of massage involved, but the main focus is on the manipulation of energy fields to release the physical and emotional burden. This is widely known as "sneha" in Sanskrit texts. 

Ayurvedic massage generally has a specific sequence, which is followed. However, the therapist may obtain information about the body and tailor the massage specifically to each client. The therapist obtains information about the vata(space or air: nervous system), pitta(fire: the digestive system with the enzymes) and alpha(earth and water: equated with mucus and respiratory system). These 3 form the elemental bodily humors called the doshas or Tridosha. It is the job of the therapist to find the Dosha imbalance. 

When you reach for the massage, the therapist might ask some questions, or even ask to fill out a form to observe the dosha characteristics and tailor the massage to the needs of the mind and the body. 

The massage begins with gentle, rhythmic strokes with help you attain a state of deep focus and relaxation. The strokes do not disturb the muscle layers. Organic oils like clove, cinnamon, sesame, coconut or sunflower oil are often used and they are all without harmful chemicals and preservatives. 

At times, the oils may be heated so that they penetrate through the muscular tissues. This allows them to transport their healing properties directly in your cells. This helps in improving the immune system. 

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An Ayurvedic massage generally lasts from 60-90 minutes. 

There are many forms of Ayurvedic massage like the relaxing Abhyanga massage, the Garshan: Ayurvedic skin brushing, Shiroabhyanga: deep relaxing face, head and upper back massage, the Marma therapy: based the 107 Marma healing points, Murda Talyam: oil application on the head, Siro Pitchu: putting an oil-soaked cloth on the head to name a few.

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What to wear:

Most of the time during an Ayurvedic massage, the client is in his/her underwear and the body is covered with towels. Only the specific parts where the massage is performed is exposed. The level of exposure depends on the comfort of the client. At times, slow, healing music can be played at the background. 

After the massage is over, the therapist generally encourages the client to lie down and relax. A sense of inner peace prevails during this time as the body experiences the healing properties of the natural oils. 

At times, the therapist even provides tips regarding nutrition, diet, lifestyle, Yoga techniques to practice. 

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There are numerous benefits of an Ayurvedic Massage on both the mind and the body. 

The healing properties of the natural oils help in improving the immunity system as it penetrates through the deep tissues of the body. The oils also help strengthen the body and work like a charm on people who have disturbed sleep patterns. 

Ayurvedic massage helps reduce fatigue as it drains out the harmful toxins from the body, helping it to rejuvenate. It even reduces pain in the joints and muscles. It also helps to stimulate the organs, which helps in maintaining a proper balance in the body. 

The gentle stroking of the natural oils help in blood circulation to all parts of the body and helps the blood to reach nerve endings, softens and soothes the skin. 

Research has shown that the massage has also helped in toning muscles, improving vision, longevity, removing wrinkles, cellulite and scars and alleviating stiffness.

A well-performed Ayurvedic massage also helps the mind. It elevates concentration levels, helps in releasing mental stress, alleviating depression, improving mental alertness. 

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There are different forms of Ayurvedic Massages with different price points. Generally, an Ayurvedic massage in Chennai costs around 2500-4500 INR.