For those of you who are already acquainted with Ayurveda and its good friend massage, your answer to this question may be “It just does”. You can’t explain how or why, it just does.
So, to try and pinpoint the hows and whys a little better for those who are yet to sample the pure delights of Ayurvedic massage, here are some brief (but first-hand) descriptions of three different massage types:
A Swedish massage is great as a general body massage – you know what to expect as it’s a widely practised massage type and so will probably be similar to ones you’ve had before. It’s a nice, relaxing experience but you may struggle to fully immerse yourself in the moment and find you’re contemplating what to have for dinner, instead.
A Thai massage is not particularly relaxing during the actual treatment – you’re pushed, pulled, stretched and manipulated as opposed to actually massaged. The feeling afterwards more than makes up for it, though; you leave with incredibly relaxed muscles and a set of clothes that haven’t had to leave your body in the process.
An Ayurvedic massage doesn’t always involve oil but the most popular ones, like Abhyanga, do. The therapist doesn’t just massage you – they go through the experience with you as they thoroughly massage the oil into the whole body. The feeling during and after the massage is one of complete calm and relaxation; both physically and mentally. It’s not one to have if you’re going on to host a business meeting afterwards, though.
The Ayurveda Retreat Team