Top up your oil. Vishesh Ayurvedic massage is a form of deep tissue massage that helps to improve circulation in the muscles. It makes use of warm herbal oils, which penetrate the skin and help to draw out toxins, leaving the body feeling cleansed.
A Vishesh massage typically lasts for an hour. These massages are very oily, so make sure you wear something that can be easily washed – probably best to leave that dry clean only outfit at home.
Before your massage begins, your therapist (or therapists – sometimes two therapists work in conjunction) will ask you a variety of questions about your health and lifestyle so that they can tailor the treatment to you. They will then begin your massage by covering your body in lukewarm herbal oils. These oils will be rubbed in to your body, forehead and hair to help them impart their beneficial properties.
As well as using gentle massage strokes, the therapist will knead, squeeze and tap the skin. They will focus in particular on the body’s ‘marma’ points – energy access points similar to those used in acupressure or reflexology. During your massage, your therapist may also utter some mantras. There is method in these mutterings – they are designed to help balance out body, mind and spirit.
Vishesh Ayurvedic massage is tailored to the individual according to body type. The techniques and oils used by the therapist will depend on your individual needs.
Vishesh massage can help to:
Not all oils and massage techniques are suitable for use during pregnancy, so mums-to-be should make sure to consult with their therapist before the session begins. It’s also a good idea to let your therapist know if you are suffering from a medical condition, as they can tailor your treatment accordingly.
The word ‘vishesh’ is Sanskrit for ‘special’.