Ayurvedic massages are part of our additional add on packages on our Surf and yoga retreats in Sri Lanka. One of the most popular treatments at Villa Nirbana is an ayurvedic massage. But, what exactly is Ayurvedic massage? In this article, we take a look at this popular treatment that has been part of Asian culture for thousands of years.
What is an Ayurvedic Massage?
Ayurvedic massages follow holistic Ayurveda principles to allow you to relax, let go of stress and emotional obstructions. Ayurvedic massage therapists focus on your body’s energy points (marma) to help you achieve optimal balance and wellbeing.
What Sets Ayurvedic Massages Apart From the Rest?
Unlike your run-of-the-mill massages, Ayurvedic approach to massage focuses on your physical and psychological well being equally. This treatment revolves around energy fields in your body to release pent up emotions. The use of essential oil has a psychological element combined with a therapeutic element to it.
Ideally, you should combine Ayurvedic massages with other aspects of Ayurvedic treatment. This is why going on a retreat is a good way to gain full benefits of this age-old, time-tested philosophy. Ayurvedic massages can help you:
- Improve your immune responses
- Improve your overall health
- Relieve stress
What to Expect From Your Ayurvedic Experience
Ayurvedic therapists don’t condone the one-size fits all doctrine. Your Ayurvedic massage therapist will ask you questions about your medical problems and lifestyle. This is how they determine your ‘dosha’. They will also assess your skin type and choose the essential oil based on these findings. Your massage therapist will focus on certain points of your body to help balance your body and mind.
Our experienced and knowledgeable therapists focus on a more holistic approach with well-calculated strokes and pressure to suit your body and mind. Expect the massage to be rather oily and some people tend to drift off to sleep during the massage.
How Would You Feel After an Ayurvedic Massage?
You’ll feel lighter and unburdened. Your concentration will improve and your mind free of stress. But, in order to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Ayurvedic massage, try to follow the food and lifestyle choices they recommend, at least during your vacation. At Nirbana, we offer our guest a choice of healthy and delectable food including plenty of tropical fruit and vegetables from Sri Lanka.