Panchakarama is the sacred mantra of rejuvenation. Panchakarma in Ayurveda means five type of therapeutic ways of treatment to eliminate toxins from the body and to replenish the tissues of the patient.
The person who requires Ayurvedic treatment is assessed for his/her physical and mental requirements and treatment is prescribed for various purposes like curative treatments, disease prevention, rejuvenation and revitalization. Abhayangam is one of the general types of treatment in Panchakarma.
Abhayangam is a Sanskrit word, which means application of oil all over the body. This as an integral part of the daily routine to all who wish good health and longevity of life. Abhayangam in Panchakarma is a relaxing and refreshing full body massage with medicated herbal oils to take care of physical, mental, emotional well being of the person while balancing the doshas.
Abhayangam Procedure :
The massage begins after offering prayers. Lukewarm oil is applied all over the body followed by a body massage in 7 different postures. The patient is made to lie on a wooden bed called “Thoni” while undergoing the treatment and special care is given to the foot massage giving special emphasis to the sole of the feet. After the procedure the person is directed to take a herbal steam bath followed by a hot shower.
Benefits of Abhayangam :
This treatment is found highly effective in reducing mental tension and in increasing the strength and functional efficiency of the body muscles. Other beneficial effects of Abhayangam include better body circulation, improving vigor and vitality, better and sound sleep and reduced nervous weakness. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain. Abhyangam is generally not advised for people whose Kapha has increased, who have undergone Panchakarma treatments like Vamana or Virechana recently and those who suffer from indigestion.
Duration of the Abhayangam treatment: 45-60 minutes.
The Abhayanga Snana in Ayurveda