Ayurvedic massage is using the oldest healing therapy in India which has always included massage as a part of cure treatments. From an Ayurvedic perspective, there are different types of massage for different types of people. They are known in Ayurveda as the doshas. There are three types of dosha: vata, pittaand kapha.
Ayurveda is based on the idea that disease is the natural and final result of life in harmony with our environment.
The word ‘natural’ is important to Ayurvedic therapy because disease symptoms are considered the body’s normal way to communicate an imbalance. With this in mind, the focus of Ayurveda for curing purpose is obvious: to re-establish harmony between oneself and the environment. Once harmony is re-established, imbalances in the body decrease, symptoms dissipate and healing occurs.
For a specialist in Ayurveda, the patient’s nature and whole body, mind and spirit must be understood. It is only in this way that the therapist may be able to give and offer the best care. Therefore, the characteristics of nature must be known which are: heavy or light, cold or hot, fixed or moving, acute or deaf, wet or dry, subtle or deep, dense or flowing, soft or hard and cloudy or clear. A person, a disease or a resource is understood as having a unique combination of these characteristics.
The therapist’s objective with Ayurveda treatments is to understand many of these characteristics as best as possible about a patient and their condition.