An ayurvedic massage helps eliminate toxins through purification, strengthens the muscle tone, relaxes and rejuvenates the body. Also known as hard body massage, Ayurvedic massages are given using hands, feet, elbows, forearms and well-oiled balls.
Unlike the Western idea of elements, the ancient Indian lifestyle practice of Ayurveda is based on the belief that all life forms have a "dosha", which is a unique mix of energies known as "vata", "pitta" and "kapha".
Ayurveda includes the techniques of detoxification, diet, herbal prescriptions, yoga, meditation and massage therapy individualized for every person's dosha. Ayurvedic massage involving tapping, kneading, squeezing and traditional massage strokes is done by using essential oils to suit individual doshas. The style and intensity of massage depends on the individual's need for balance and well being at the time.
An Ayurvedic therapist focuses on the "marma points", which are similar to the pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure.