Spiritual Energy Massage
Spiritual Energy Massage is a treatment conceived by Sri S.V. Govindan (1924-2007), renown master of ayurvedic massage. Since 1986 he travelled extensively in Europe and US sharing his knowledge and experience in ayurvedic massage, Ayurveda and Yoga. Govindan developed spiritual energy massage taking inspiration from reflexology - rediscovered by dr. W. Fitzgerald from US in the last century - and the acupressure techniques described in ancient traditions as Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. The spiritual energy massage consist in stimulating on the feet the reflex points connected with the endocrine glands corresponding to the seven chakras, the most important vital points of the body known in Ayurveda as marma (sensible points) or prana kendra (centers of vital energy). The stimulation of the reflex points made with circular movements of the thumbs, accompanied by the play of specific sounds called mantras whose sound vibration resembles the frequency of the energy circulating in the chakras, has the overall effect of harmonizing the subtle energy centers of the body.
The combination of physical and sound stimulation has a subtle and penetrating influence up to the innermost recesses of the psyche and the spirit of the person who receives it. The whole sequence lasts about 30 minutes during which you enter gradually into a state of deep relaxation called yoga nidra, a conscious mental state on the border between sleep and meditation.
Subtle energy channels, called nadis in Ayurveda, link the reflex points of the foot to the endocrine glands and chakras related to them. This connection is the basis of the mechanism that makes it possible, with the stimulation of specific points on the sole, the harmonization of major bodily systems: excretory, urogenital, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous; the harmonization of the functions of the brain that govern all activities of the body, of the sense organs and the mind. If the bodily systems are in balance, they affect positively the mind by increasing the quality of clarity and reducing the tendency to attachment and aversion that disturb the natural ability to distinguish between what is beneficial or harmful to life. Body systems in balance, purity of the operation of the moving components, of the sense organs and the mind are the requirements to reflect the splendor of the soul freed from the veils that normally cover it, this is the meaning of the word that Ayurveda uses for health: Swastha ''established in the Self ''. Combining knowledge from modern and ancient traditions, Govindan has given us the gift of this treatment that helps to achieve a level of psycho-physical energy sustaining the experience of realization, the aspiration of every living being, this is why is called Spiritual Energy Massage.
The program of the course is divided into a theoretical and a practical part.
Theoretical part: What are Chakras? Their shape, their color, their sound. The relationships they have with the body, the emotions, the inner attitude towards life.
Practical part: demonstration of Spiritual Energy Massage.
Practice, completion and exchange of Spiritual Energy Massage.
Sharing of the work done together and personal experiences.
General IntroductionAyurveda is one of the oldest known medical sciences. The theoretical basics of this ancient discipline come from Indian traditional religion and philosophy; Ayurveda is a wide life system dealing not only with human health, but also with the relation with a higher dimension. As a therapeutic holistic method, Ayurveda aims to care and to keep good health. It includes both effective preventive measures and therapeutic interventions. A deep diagnostic procedure identifies these interventions, through the information collection on the current patient conditions and his/her constitution. As a therapeutic method that one can practice alone, Ayurveda helps to improve the sense of general wellbeing, as it teaches to pay attention to the natural body needs and to live in harmony with oneself. The essence of ayurvedic science is that just when body, mind and psyche are balanced, the perfect health is possible. The ultimate purpose of Ayurveda is a long life with no sickness and no pain, but it is also the full use of spiritual potentialities, reachable through the awareness development and a spiritual vision of the world.
"Ayurveda deals with life as a whole: therefore, both pain and joy are important aspects of this science. This means that Ayurveda teaches some methods helping to free people from pains, and, on the other hand, it also teaches the different ways to increase life joy". Vinod Verma
In the Ayurveda tradition, a key role is played by massage, as a prevention and healing therapy; from this point of view, this old discipline considers primarily important the pregnant woman wellbeing and the mother’s touch to her child, as a love, protection, health and welcome to life message.
Ayurvedic tradition and pregnant womanAyurveda identifies four stages in the life flow, just as in nature there are four seasons. Each of them has its own characteristics. The same is true for a woman, who, in her life path, experiences four important stages: 1. Girlhood 2. Maturity 3. Pregnancy 4. Menopause. Every stage, characterized by particular factors, is always dominated by Dosha energies, the three basic principles, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Their prevalence, besides identifying the different constitution types, creates the dynamic game in the life flow and its changes. Ayurveda tells us to follow the natural changes, moving with the events flow, respecting the right lifestyle, in order to be ready to face any problems coming naturally from each stage, without opposing. During pregnancy, women experience the greatest and most important change. Every aspect in her life is very involved: physical, mental and emotional. Her body, gradually, fits to welcome a new life; opposite emotions like courage and fear, deep joy and anxiety go together with this wonderful growth path both for the mother and for the baby, in a unique experience. The contact between mother and child, during pregnancy, is inseparable, both at the physical level and at the emotional one; everything the mother is feeling and living will impact on her baby. Because of this fact, a good lifestyle, a proper diet and ayurvedic treatments like massage become very important. Massage with essential oils plays a key role for the emotional and physical conditions. According to the specific mother constitution, different diseases may occur which can be alleviated through a proper massage and a proper choice among essential oils. A pregnancy, lived with full awareness since the beginning, is the best care a mother can give to her child.
Ayurvedic Tradition and New-bornNew-born massage belongs to a very old Indian tradition, looking at the relation between mother and child as an energetic continuum between uterine and external life. There are two stages for the baby: in the womb and in the six months after birth.
- "In the womb" stage
The womb is a protected environment. It is warm and safe, it is the first environment where the baby becomes aware and starts to experience senses use. Taste is active since the thirteenth week in the womb, smell also is developed before birth (about at the seventeenth week) and the same one can say for hearing, which, in the twenty-fourth week of gestation, provokes the first reactions to sounds coming from outside. Actually, the very first sensorial experience of the foetus is movement. Since its origin, since the moment when the spermatozoon meets the ovum, movement dominates every transformation. The sensory organ linked to movement is skin, with its many receptors, the first to form and to produce stimuli; skin and nervous system are therefore in a strong connection.
- Six months after birth
The first six months of life after birth represent the first physical and emotional approach with the external world. Of course, every sense will be strongly stimulated especially touch: touch experiences are basic. In the womb, the baby feels wrapped by the uterus, lulled by the rhythmic pressure of the amniotic fluid. Therefore, when the new-born, at birth, comes suddenly in contact with air, he/she experience a shock. This shock is natural, but it is also natural to alleviate this strong and sudden change. Touch, with hands soaked in warm oil, on the baby skin is a nourishment for the baby as it was in the womb before birth. It helps him/her to become aware of new limits. In addition, massage stimulates and rules the muscular, circulatory, immune and gastrointestinal system, (preventing discomfort of colic). It proves to be a good regulator of the sleep-wake cycle. Tactile stimulation of the skin nerve endings, sending stimuli to the brain, gives a feeling of wellbeing and facilitates the psychophysical growth of the baby. It is not a technique, but it is a way to communicate with one’s baby, promoting a balanced relation between parent and child. “Our children do not belong to us, even if they come through us. We just need to accompany them for a part of their journey and try to let them grow happy".
Lessons PlanThe plan includes practice and theory.
- Ayurveda overview: old medicine for self-awareness and prevention
- Pregnant woman and ayurveda
- Importance of massage at the physical and psychological level for a pregnant woman (according to her constitution)
- Oils choice (according to different constitutions and diseases), cautions and times
- Practical demo of the massage
- Guided exercise of the massage
- Massage importance at the psychological and physical level
- Importance of mother and child contact
- Oils choice, cautions and times
- Different treatments choice according to age (first 7 days, after 7 days, after one month)
- Practical demo of a massage
- Guided exercise of massage
Seminar led by Swami Nath Mishra (Ayurveda Indian doctor) and Shubha Satyaranjan
This seminar has the objective of deepening the knowledge of the Ayurvedic massage technique, which has been used since thousands of years, and was recently introduced into Western countries. After a good training, a therapist, who is already working with bio-natural treatments, may add this technique to the different massage kinds he is giving either in a Wellness Center or in his/her free-lance activity.
Attendees will learn the correct place of points, the different techniques to stimulate marma points, the vital points treatment for diseases such as rhinitis, menstrual disorders, back pain, headaches, digestive and visual problems.
Marma, the body vital points, where consciousness meets the matter
The key principle of Ayurveda is balancing body rhythms with nature ones, in order to ensure a good health condition and to prevent sickness. A way to create this balance consists in massaging the marma points through the so-called "marmabhyangam".
The marma points treatment acts on the body/mind/soul system, going beyond the physical dimension, up to a deeper level in the body, the level where the actual healing occurs. Marma is a Sanskrit term meaning hidden or secret. Sushruta, the father of surgery, in his Sushruta Samhita, belonging to about 5000 years ago, defines marma as the points where two or more kinds of tissues meet: muscles, blood vessels, ligaments, bones, joints. These points are the main seat of vital force, Prana, pervading every part of the body. They can also be described as the connection of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the body constituents or the points where Sattva, Rajas and Tamas meet, the nature and mind qualities. These points can be used either to heal or to damage. While a medical doctor or a therapist use these points to promote health, a warrior may use the same points to hurt an enemy. In Sharira Sthana, the VI chapter of Sushruta Samhita, the 107 marma points, present in the body, are mentioned in detail. Their relatively small number makes them easier to remember and makes the work easier, if compared with the work coming from the one thousand points considered by Chinese Acupuncture. Ayurveda divides marma points into major and minor. The major points correspond to the seven chakra, while the minor ones are spread all over the body.
As in acupuncture, in order to identify points place and dimensions a measurement unit (anguli) is used, corresponding to a human finger thickness. Many marma points are larger than those used in acupuncture and this makes easier their localization. Marma points affect chakra, physical health, dosha, mind qualities. They also affect the spiritual level as they can be considered as the junction point between eternity and relativity, between consciousness and matter. Marmabhyanga helps developing health and longevity of body and mind, ensures the normal flow and balance of hormones, fluids, immune factors. In general, the marma points massage objective is stimulating organs and body systems. Marma massage gives the following main benefits:
- Improving nervous system function
- Promoting body nourishment
- Promoting a good sleep quality
- Increasing/keeping health stability
Points are stimulated with one or more fingers, according to the point dimension. Beginning with a soft touch, pressure is increased gradually until it is pleasing to those who receive the massage. The movement can be circular, both clockwise and counter clockwise, or it can be linear, with rubbing of marma area. In this way, the therapist stimulates energies and removes all the possible obstacles to the flow. The receiver may experience a deep relaxation and a sense of toning, at the same time.
"Giving more years to life and more life to years"
Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda literally means life science, and, actually, it is very old (about 5000 years ago). It is considered as the oldest knowledge in the world, inspired to the total wellbeing. Often, Ayurveda is wrongly considered as a sort of Indian medicine, considerably limiting its actual meaning and its objectives.
Ayurveda, in fact, is dealing with life as a whole, not only to treat diseases, but also to promote a lifestyle, able to ensure health and longevity, correcting psychophysical unbalances before they become pathologies. Ayurveda, as a science, goes beyond medicine, considering the human being as a whole, not only as a sick person. Primarily it works to keep health, besides giving it back. Many people, however, have some doubts in using Ayurveda because they think it is hard to apply for a Western, as it would require substantial changes in lifestyle and waivers to established habits. Instead, Ayurveda, as life science, has no restrictions; it is suitable to everyone, no matter what is the social, cultural, economic or geographical background.
The ayurvedic approach, in fact, can be applied to any lifestyle, as it involves therapeutic methods integration with foods and products coming both from veda science and from the environment where it is applied. Body and soul are essential in a human being, who is a microcosm participating to the universal life (macrocosm). According to this principle, they cannot be considered separated. Therefore, individual harmony and balance go together with harmony and balance of the community, of the nature, of the universe. The balance idea in Ayurveda philosophy not only involves the perfect working of the different systems and organs, of psyche and soul, but also a happy cohabitation with all creatures, with family members, friends, job colleagues, climate and culture, with one's ideals, habits and truth.
This may appear as an objective hard to achieve, something to be reached after a rugged path, may be non-realistic. However, it is not so. Even a single step on the right way can make a great change, an actual wellbeing perception. Therefore, it will be easier to make the second step that can be an example for others, who, perhaps, will share the path, making it less hard. Many times, even if one feels bad and realizes the need to change something in life, there is a strong resistance to it. It is the fear to change, to give up what one knows, even if this is something keeping prisoner of a bad condition.
Ayurveda helps deciding to make just the first step and shows how to do it. The rest will come naturally, slowly and gently, at the right moment, respecting nature of being and of its harmony.
The ancient Indian Ayurveda science is based on the deep knowledge of the body and its relation with mind and spirit. It considers health as a balanced state where psychological and environmental factors have the same importance of physical factors. Born in India, thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is perfectly suitable to the modern western society. Ayurveda faces therapy starting from the complete knowledge of the individual and his/her environment, using treatments such as massage, meditation, food detox, herbs. We can finally say that Ayurveda is a complete system of prevention and healing. Ayurvedic Massage is a key part of Ayurveda medicine. These courses are for those who wish to learn and share the old secrets to keep an excellent health. To ensure the best quality of this training, the course schedule could be slightly modified, with a timely communication to students. Requirements: desire to share, paper, pen, a pair of sheets, comfortable dressing, a pair of personal slippers.
Classes programEvery day from 9.00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with a lunch break)
First level - Equilibrium
Theory: introduction, definition of Ayurveda and life (ayu), role and aim of Ayurveda, history, introduction to Panchakarma. From Tattva (cosmic principles) to Panchamahabhuta (the 5 elements). From the 5 elements to Tridosha (metabolic principles). Qualities, functions, dosha positions in the body. Vata, Pitta and Kapha subdosha. Prakriti, the individual constitution.
Practice: Snehana, internal and external oil application. Partial massage: Padabhyangam (feet and legs, supine and prone positions), Nitambabhyangam (buttocks), Katiabhyangam (lower back), Pristhabhyangam (back). Shiroabhyangam (head), Skandabhyangam (neck, shoulders), Hastabhyangam (hands and arms), Udarabhyangam (abdomen), Vaksha-bhyangam (breast), Mukhabhyangam (face). Samvahanam, relaxing massage on all the body.
Second level - Equilibrium
Theory: Dinacharya, the daily routine. Ritucharya, the season routine. Sadavritta - Asadavritta, ethics and lifestyle. Dhatu, body tissues. Mala, excreted substances. Agni, the digestive fire. Ama, undigested food. Srota, circulation channels. Tri Marma, the three main Marma points (vital points). Rasa, Vipaka, Virya, Prabhava, Guna, food taste, effects, nature and specific qualities.
Practice: Samvahanam, relaxing massage on all the body according to dosha. Mridu Samvahanam practice, delicate relaxing massage on all the body. Sandhi Abhyangam, articular massage practice.
Third level - Alteration
Theory: Srota, body channels. Function, alteration symptoms, symptoms causes. Dosha unbalance causes. Kriyakal, dosha unbalance steps.
Practice: Phenakam, Ayurvedic lymphatic drainage, Anulom Abhyangam, arterial massage, Vilom Abhyangam, venous massage.
Fourth level - Alteration
Theory: Ama, metabolic toxins. Alteration state of dosha, dhatu and mala with ama (sama) and without ama (nirama). Marma, the 107 vital points of the body according to Ayurveda.
Practice: Vartul Abhyangam: arterial-venous massage, vascular massage. Marmabhyangam, vital points treatment. Unmardanam & Mardanam.
Fifth level - Panchakarma
Theory: pathological conditions of Dosha, Dhatu, Mala, Immunity and Ojas. Ahara, Ayurvedic diet.
Practice: Pragharshanam, hot and cold clutches, Prokshanam, hot and cold sponging. Potali, Ayurvedic treatment with bundle of herbs, soaked in hot medicated oil. Udgharshan, dry ayurvedic massage with vegetal medicated powders for Kapha dosha unbalance.
Sixth level - Panchakarma
Theory: Introduction to Panchakarma and Rasayana. Swedanam: kinds of swedana, benefits, contraindications, cautions. Evaluation methods in Ayurveda. How to use Ayurvedic Medicated Herbs.
Practice: Lepanam, treatments for beauty and skin detox. Decoctions, oils and medicated ghee preparation. Shirodhara, warm medicated oil flow on the forehead.
The course is made by 300 hours of training (215 hours of theory and practice on site + 60 hours of practice and homework + 25 hours outdoor with final exam and thesis).
Ayurveda is rooted in India's most cherished scriptures known as the Vedas, which date to about B.C. 2500. Of the four Vedas, two of them - the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda - give detailed information about longevity, healing and surgery, if required.
Ayurveda is not only an ancient Indian science of prevntative health and healing but also a philosophy of balanced living. Rarely treating the symptoms, Ayurveda cures by removing the cause of disease. Physical diseases are due to engaging in excessive use of our senses, improper eating habits, or ignoring the cycle of the seasons or one's age. Ayurveda removes the cause of disease by righting these transgressions and restablishing balance to one's system. To treat one's entire cosmic nature, one must address all the components of a human being. According to Ayurveda, human beings are comprised of three bodies: physical (body), astral (mind) and causal (soul).
Soul and body are one and indivisible in a living human being. So, individual harmony and equilibrium should go together with harmony and equilibrium of the community, of nature, of universe. The concept itself of equilibrium, in Ayurveda philosophy, means not only the perfect functioning of different systems and organs, of mind and soul, but also a happy relationship with all creatures, with family members, with friends, with the environment and culture, with ideals and various habits.
It may seem as an objective difficult to achieve, but it's not so. Even a single step on the right way can cause a great transformation, a perception of true wellbeing. Therefore, it will be easier to make the next step, that could be an example for others who want to share this way.
Often, even if we feel bad and we realize we must change something in our lives, we feel a strong resistance to do it. It's the fear of change. Ayurveda helps to decide to take the whole responsibility of the first step and shows ho to make it. The rest will come naturally, slowly and gently, at the right moment, respecting nature and harmony.
"Way of Living for Greater Longevity"
A group of Japanese Doctors confirmed that Warm Water is 100% effective in resolving some health problems. Such as:
- High blood pressure
- Low blood pressure
- Pain of joints
- Sudden increase and decrease of heartbeat
- Increasing level of cholesterol
- Bodily discomfort
- Golu pain
- Hooping cough
- Blockage of veins
- Disease related to Uterus and Urine
- Stomach problems
- Poor appetite
- Also all diseases related to the eyes, ear and throat
How to use Warm Water: Get up early in the morning and drink approximately 3 glasses of warm water when the stomach is empty. You may not be able to make 3 glasses at the beginning but slowly you will.
Note: DO not eat anything 48 mins after taking the water.
The warm water therapy will resolve the health problems within reasonable period such as:
- Diabetes in 30 days
- Blood pressure in 30 days
- Stomach problems in 10 days
- All types of Cancer in 9 months
- Blockage of veins in 6 months
- Poor appetite in 10 days
- Uterus and related diseases in 10 days
- Nose, Ear, and Throat problems in 10 days
- Women problems in 15 days
- Heart diseases in 30 days
- Headache/migraine in 3 days
- Cholesterol in 4 months
- Epilepsy and paralysis continuously in 9 months
- Asthma in 4 months
COLD WATER is BAD for you: if cold water does not affect you at young age, it will HARM you at old age.
Cold water closes 4 veins of the heart and causes heart attack. Cold drinks are main reason for heart attack.
It also creates problems in the liver. It makes fat stuck with liver. Most people waiting for liver transplant are victims of cold water drinking.
Cold water affect internal walls of the stomach. It affects the large intestine and results in Cancer.
Note: Please don't keep this information to yourself. Tell someone to tell someone, it may save someone's life.
~Dr. Gibsy George
Rasayana aid in increasing natural immunity, enhancing general wellbeing, improving the functioning of all fundamental organs of the body and keep the signs of early aging at bay. The word rasayana is made up of two words: "rasa", which means humor of the body, and "ayana" meaning source, rasayana is therefore regarded as the source of all the body humors. This therapy occupies a prime position in Ayurveda and abides as a distinctive branch that deals with maintaining and ameliorating the body functions, including those of the brain. Rasayanas have been categorized in two basic types:
- Dravaya Rasayana: his type of rasayana therapy includes some herb and food types that are indeed beneficial for the optimum functioning of the body as well as the brain.
- Adravya Rasayana: in this type of rasayana therapy there is no conventional use of medicines, only the general rules of living and natural regimen of seasons is to be followed. This therapy works in accordance to the science of naturopathy: man and nature are regarded to be maintaining maximum similarities, therefore, the laws of nature are inherent in human body. This is the basic idea behind the use of rasayana therapy.
Panchakarma (five actions) is a program for cleansing, balancing, healing and rejuvenation of body, mind and consciousness. Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them as well as eliminate the harmful ama out of the system through the body’s own organs and channels of elimination. Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level, it involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance. Like all medical procedures, panchakarma therapy always must begin with an initial consultation by a qualified ayurvedic physician who can determine the individual’s prakriti (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem, if any, and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies.
The program of panchakarma traditionally is given in three stages:
- Poorva Karma - Preparatory procedures that include oleation therapy (snehana) and fomentation therapy (swedana).
Pradhan Karma - Consists of the five essential purificatory therapies, namely:
- Vamana (emesis)
- Virechana (purgation)
- Basti (enema)
- Nasya (nasal treatment)
- Rakta mokshana (blood letting
- Paschat Karma - Follow-up therapies that include diet, medication & lifestyle.
Arogya Nidam offers an extensive medium of therapeutic & rejuvenating treatments integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda & Yoga with Modern Physiotherapy techniques. Our personalized therapy & various programs are designed to meet individual needs and health goals like de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation while also offers guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (or Ayur Yoga) is the application of Ayurvedic principles through yogic practices, Ayurveda gives the understanding of how to use Yoga to restore the energy balance in body and mind to support the healing process. In the system of Vedic sciences we find that classical Yoga is part of Ayurveda, both Ayurveda and Yoga recognize the role of consciousness as the prime factor in our well being. Yoga tools like Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation together with an Ayurvedic healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet, herbs, massages and ayurvedic treatments, help to counteract balance disturbance in the physical and mental plane of existence. In other words, Yoga and Ayurveda provide the knowledge and the means to live a healthy life free from mental or physical disease.
Is an herbal-oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body, break up impurities and stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It enhances the ability of nutrients to reach the cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste. The result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body.
SHIRODHARA In this process, herbal oils, medicated milk or medicated butter milk are poured on the forehead in a special way for approximately 30/40 minutes. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, loss of memory, headaches, mental tension and certain skin diseases.
SWEDANA Is a treatment in which the body is heated and made to sweat to remove mental, emotional and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues.
UDVARTANA Udvartana in dry form otherwise known as powder massage, is a treatment in which special herbal powders are applied to the body in a peculiar way. It is found to be very effective in obesity, hemplegia, paralysis, skin diseases, impaired circulation and similar diseases. Udvartana in oily form is a deeply penetrating massage made with herbal paste. This powerful exfoliating treatment restore the natural radiance of the skin while pressing stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body.
NASYA Nasya is a treatment in which herbal juices or medicated oils are applied through the nose. This treatment is highly effective for certain kinds of headaches, sinuses, paralysis, mental disorders, some types of skin diseases etc.
VAMANA Vamana or emesis therapy is a treatment wherein imbalanced and vitiated doshas are removed via the mouth region or the upper part of the body and decongests the respiratory tract.
VIRECHANA Virechana is basically a medicated purgation therapy which removes toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gallbladder and completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract.
BASTI Basti is an herbal enema specially prepared to pull toxins out of the colon. This treatment is effective for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints, rheumatism and chronic constipation.
The natural, innate longing for a state of psychological well-being is obstructed by a rigid body and stressed, tense mind. Today there are many people who are looking for this sense of all round well-being. The tendency is to "do" with the body instead of "feel" with the body. We do everything so mechanically we have forgotten how to get in touch with and to feel the body's rich orchestra of sensations. This separation from our own experience brings with it negative repercussions such as developmental disabilities, mental illness, suffering and a weakened immune system.
Ayurvedic massage is a panacea to many of these ailments. Energetic, holistic and intuitive, it works on the muscular and circulatory system as well as using techniques of energy exchange between those who perform and those who receive massage. The receiver experiences a state of deep relaxation and well-being. From the physical point of view the result is stimulation of the lymphatic system and improvement of arterial and venal circulation. In addition it increases metabolism and improves the elimination of waste and toxins, lengthens and relaxes soft tissues and improves the movement of the joints creating a warmth of life. From the subtlest point of view it facilitates a balance of energy leading to an overall feeling of well-being, deep physical and mental relaxation, awareness of the body's sensations, increased perception and ultimately the feeling of being at home in one's own body.
After this physical restoration, the ayurvedic massage becomes meditative. Everything happens through conscious touch. Touch has its' own language which shows trust, love, joy and solidarity. The therapist extends their compassion and empathy. Through therapeutic hands one can give and receive this nourishing experience. Perhaps it is because many have lost contact with the body that they give increasing time and energy to situations that further alienate them from their bodies. We devote too little time to this simple form of healing that comes from human warmth. This simple human kindness can become a powerful dimension of our everyday lives.
One of the most important diagnostic techniques of Ayurveda is pulse diagnosis: "Nadi Vijñan", meaning "pulse" and "diagnose". Pulse diagnosis is the ancient art and science of detecting the existing status of a person’s body, mind, soul and spirit. Nadi or pulse is that vital flow of energy or life that flows as a subtle channel all over the body, and enables the vaidya, the ayurvedic doctor, to feel the way the blood spurts from the heart, this helps an experienced doctor to diagnose and treat various ailments or to prevent their occurrence. Pulse reading is a miraculous science Ayurveda has bestowed on us, it is possible to diagnose the imbalances within our body without the use of any instrument except fingers, even several problems that remain undiagnosed with the aid of sophisticated diagnostic tests can be accurately judged by examining the pulse.