Five bene ts of Ayurvedic mas­sage

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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.

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