What is Ayuvedic reflexology?
Ayurvedic reflexology is the combination of traditional Ayurvedic foot massage (padabhyanga) with contemporary western reflexology resulting in a powerful and deeply relaxing therapy.
Ayurveda (pronounced Ah-yoor-vay-da) is India’s traditional medical system and is the world’s oldest recorded healing system with written records dating back approximately 5,000 years. Ayurveda philosophy is about balancing the mind, body and spirit and the belief that health and wellness is directly dependent upon harmony within oneself and the unimpeded movement of energy within the body. Therefore, the focus of Ayurvedic reflexology is to help balance the subtle energy systems of the body by supporting the flow of vital energy called ‘prana’.
This wonderful therapy was developed by Australian Sharon Stathis who I had the privilege of learning this technique directly from and I look forward to sharing it with you.
What happens in an Ayurvedic reflexology treatment?
There are three stages to an Ayurvedic reflexology session and these are:
- Kasa bowl work
- Marma point therapy
The treatment begins with warmed almond oil* being applied to the feet. This oil is massaged into the feet and lower legs to improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow; stimulate reflex areas and the flow of prana (energy).
After this, the feet are then stimulated with a kasa bowl which is a small traditional Indian bowl made of copper and tin*. When used in a specific manner, the kasa bowl encourages toxins to be expelled from the body and relieves congestion in the reflex areas as the conductivity of the metal interacts with the energy field of the body. Clients also find it extremely relaxing and soothing.
The treatment concludes with work on the marma points on the ankles and feet. Marma points are the equivalent of the Chinese acupuncture points, although much larger in size. Working these points helps regulate the flow of prana (energy), releases toxins from the body, calms the mind and emotions, relieves pain and eases fatigue.
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* If you have an allergy to the almond oil, another oil can be used in replacement and this will not affect the experience of the treatment. If you have an allergy to the metals in the kasa bowl then the treatment can be carried out without the kasa bowl work which again will not reduce the benefit of the treatment.