If not yet familiar, Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term is translated to knowledge of life.
As science explains that a disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person's consciousness, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind and spirit. The base of Ayurveda starts with the internal purification, the treatments aid the person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, reducing worry, and increasing harmony in life. Herbs and other plants, including oils and common spices, are used extensively in Ayurvedic treatment.
Which is then followed by external activities, such as meditation, healthy diet, yoga and massages. Being from an Indian background, I have had close contact with the Ayurvedic world all thanks to my grandma whose lifestyle was based solely in the Ayurvedic concepts and consequently were rubbed into me. As part of my work, I have travelled to many corners of this vast world and came to learn the origin, benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
So when did Ayurveda meet Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Despite one being more a natural concept and the other a more science backed approach, the two complement each other. In Ayurveda we focus on balancing body, mind and spirit, and having vast herbal and oil treatments with great benefits to the body. It made way more sense to apply it to Lymphatic Drainage massage, which is a moment intimate, a moment where energies are exchanged.
To start, you need to view the lymph system as a filter. Composed by a network of vessels and small structures called lymph nodes. The Lymph vessels convey excess fluid collected from all over the body back into the bloodstream. Along the way, however, these fluids are forced to percolate through the lymph nodes so that they can be filtered.The fluid that runs through the lymph vessel is always in movement, if stops, swelling can occur, as lymph fluid builds up.The Lymphatic Drainage massage is a form of gently encouraging lymph fluid around the body, which reduces swelling, bloating, muscle/joint pain.
Infusing the two approaches allowed those that have the treatment into a deeper connection with their bodies and mind. The whole experience starts before the session, when a relaxing Indian music is playing in the background allowing one to disconnect from the outside and focus on right now. During the session, all movements are gentle yet firm in accordance to what each person's body is in need of. A complimentary consultation is given prior to the treatment, where everyone gets to understand more of the concept, any doubts on treatments and most importantly their body concerns.
Disclaimer: I am a professional celebrity facialist who has also mastered and enjoys all things Ayurvedic. I recommend and advise everyone to check their GPS before taking on any diet or supplements. The blog is a mere reflection of what works for me and general knowledge I have decided to share with my public.