Five bene ts of Ayurvedic massage
A pilot study in 2011 showed that a one-hour Ayurvedic abhyanga massage signi cantly reduced subjective stress experience and could lower heart rate.
The herb-infused oils applied in a number of Ayurvedic massages are said to help nourish, purify and rejuvenate the skin and body.
During the fullbody massage, all the major muscles and joints are massaged – usually with warm oil – which can help to soothe aches and pains.
Shiro abhyanga involves massaging oil into the head, neck and shoulders. Bene ts include easing tension-type headaches, calming the mind, improving sleep and nourishing the hair and scalp.
Tired, dry or rough feet? Padabhyanga is an oil-based Ayurvedic foot massage, which can help to address dry skin, stiff foot and ankle joints, as well as calm the nervous system.