Ayurvedic massage is far more specific and comprehensive than other forms of massage. When correctly performed, Ayurvedic massages will balance the entire physiology by utilizing the connection between the mind, body and spirit.
Ayurvedic Massage and Marma Points
Marma is a Sanskrit word that means hidden, or secret. A marma point is a place on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints. These points are however much more than physical connecting points, they are the points where the physical body is connected to pure consciousness (the unified unmanefest field of all possibilities).
By massaging and enlivening marma points, Ayurvedic massage awakens the pure, unchanging quality of the unmanifest field of life within the physical body.
Ayurvedic Massage and The Three Dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
Ayurveda understands that the body is comprised of subtle energies called doshas. There are three doshas which are in turn condensed from the five elements as follows.
Vata Dosha - Air and Space*
Pitta Dosha - Fire and Water
Kapha Dosha - Earth and Water
*The vedic tradition recognizes space as a fifth element.
Some combination of these three doshas are responsible for every function within the body. Every part of the body contains all three doshas but different areas of the body contain a predominance of certain doshas. This understanding of the doshas and their seating within the body is an important part of authentic Ayurvedic massage.
Ayurvedic Massage Oils
Different Ayurvedic herbal massage oils are used for people with a predominance of different doshas. The top Ayurvedic spas practicing authentic Ayurveda will not only use different herbs in the massage oils but will also offer different types of oils and/or oils heated to different temperatures depending on each guest's needs. For example people who are predominately Kapha and Vata (tend to be colder) and so might have a warmer oil containing more heating herbs. At The Raj the treatment oils are catered to your specific needs based on a health consultation from an Ayurvedic expert.
Organic Massage Oils
Because the massage oil is the medium through which Ayurvedic toxins are expelled from the body during treatments, it is important that only the highest quality oils are used, and that oils are not recycled between patients.
Most good spa's don't recycle oil between patients, but there are very few spa's that offer organic massage oil. The Raj offers 100% organic massage oil for all treatments.
Ayurvedic Massage and Symmetry
Marma points are located across the body in a symmetrical pattern and for this reason it is ideal if an Ayurvedic massage is given by two practitioners to both sides of the body . Massages at The Raj are given by two technicians so that each side of the body can be massaged at the same time for the most balancing effect possible.
Ayurvedic Massage at The Raj
Ayurvedic massages are offered at The Raj as part of a comprehensive panchakarma treatment or individually through the day spa. The massage therapists at The Raj are highly trained in Ayurveda, and great care is taken to follow authentic Ayurvedic guidelines.