Ayurvedic Massage: Types and Techniques


All about Ayurveda or Ayurvedic Massage: introduction, techniques, and types of ayurvedic massage ( Udvarthanam, Njavarakizhi, Marma, Abhyangam, & More).

Introduction to Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurveda massage can be applied only under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. Otherwise, they may give no or negative results.

Before you come to therapy, check if your chosen therapists are certified and where. Many tourists went to fake therapists and returned home with burns, allergies, and other problems.

In Ayurveda, there is a strict procedure, a system. It is known exactly in which situations in which patients a certain type of massage is used in combination with a certain type of diet and plants.

The skill of an Ayurvedic practitioner is to tailor the therapy to a particular patient as a single whole. That is why Ayurveda massages are different from the others and are determined separately for each patient

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In a full-body Ayurvedic massage, eladi oil is used. Eladi helps the exfoliation of dead cells from the skin, refreshes, and energizes the skin. It can be used in combination with milk, yogurt, or water which removes dark spots due to pigmentation.

The ingredients are Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nagakesara, Pepper, Long Pepper, Ginger in a slowly growing proportion.

Techniques and Types of Ayurvedic Massage

Udvarthanam Ayurvedic Massage

This Ayurveda treatment, UDVARTHANAM massage, is used for obesity and cellulite. For 45 minutes, a herbal powder of medicinal herbs is applied all over the body.

Njavarakizhi Massage

NJAVARAKIZHI – njavara is a type of rice and kizhi means bags made by an Ayurvedic practitioner himself. It is a treatment of judgment, sweating as in a sauna, where all the accumulated toxins are eliminated and excess water is expelled. As already mentioned, bags of rice with the medicinal herb “sida rhombifolia” are used.

This is a very dangerous therapy if it has not been practiced for a long time, ie if it has not been performed professionally because some people in India have been getting burnt. Our team practiced it for a full month. This therapy is also exceptional in joint pain, rheumatism, and in people with paralysis. The massage lasts 1 hour until 1.30 am.

Marma Massage

MARMA MASSAGE – marmas are energy points. They are located at the joints: ligaments, blood vessels, muscles, bones, joints, nerves, lymph nodes, arteries, and veins. Circular movements stimulate steam energy, which is the same name for Ki energy in Chinese medicine. Marma massage corresponds to Western reflexology or Japan

Abhyangam Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic ABHYANGAM massage is a classic massage that gives the following effects:

  • prevention and correction of the aging process
  • to overcome difficulties in the body and mind due to hard work (so-called in Sanskrit alone)
  • nervous system disorders due to vata dosha
  • body nutrition (in Sanskrit “ousti”)
  • promotes healthy sleep (swap)

Massage with healing pastes

Massage with healing pastes is good for skin toning and skin complexity. Ayurvedic practitioner hand-prepares medicinal pastes from various powders of dried medicinal plants with a base of sesame oil for vata dosha or some other

Lekhaneeyam Massage

Lekhaneeyam massage – uses a special plant-based powder that melts fat deposits, at the same time lymphatic drainage is done and dead cells are removed from the skin.

Kaya Kanthi Uzhichil

Kaya Kanthi Uzhichil – tropical fruit pulp is used with healing oils to improve circulation, give a specific glow to the skin, and enhance the complexity of the skin.

Kativasti Ayurvedic Massage

Kativasti is a specific Ayurveda massage intended for people who have problems with back pain (lower and upper part), sciatica, rheumatism. It is also good for various spinal disorders. Pools are made on the back where specific warm oil is poured.


SHIROVASTI – is a therapy of the head. A goat hat is put on. Shiro means head and “vasti” means vessel. A warm healing oil is placed in this leather cap, which promotes sleep and calms the mind. It is very useful for migraines, neurological diseases of the head, and depression. Bala tailam, Chandanadi thailam, Ksheerobala thailam, Maryana taila are used and finally, rasnadi powder is applied.

Mukhalepam massage

Mukhalepam is a facial massage in several stages that gives the effect of tightening the skin, deep regeneration, raising the tone of the face, and gives the skin a glow. After a few treatments, wrinkles are significantly reduced. You use massage with saffron paste and other medicinal herbs. Finally, a mask is applied. Stimulation of marma points or energy points is also used.

Other Ayurvedic Massages

  • hot stones upping foot
  • reflexology of feet, ears, palms
  • cupping therapy – Chinese therapy of deep tissue lifting
  • hot stones or volcanic stones – recommended in winter and gives the effect of deep relaxation
  • cellulite therapy by combined methods


PIZHICHIL – this Ayurveda massage is very popular in Kerala. Two to four masseurs apply warm healing oil all over the body in special rhythmic movements for a continuous period of 60 to 90 minutes from 7 days to 21 days. It is very similar to the “abhayangam” massage, the treatment is applied on an Ayurvedic table called “droni” which is made from the tree “strychnous nuxvomica”. It is very good for rheumatic pains, paralysis, sexual weakness, nervous disorders.


SHIRODHARA – “shiro” means head and “dhara” means a continuous stream of any liquid. It is a massage in which dredged herbal oils, milk with medicinal plants are applied for 40 minutes in a period of 7 days to 14. This therapy is exceptional for stimulating the pineal gland.