Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system, which some believe to be the oldest medical system in the world. An emphasis is placed on balance and uniqueness and takes the practices and principles of massage and holistic treatment beyond the limits of healing itself. Massage can achieve a healthy balanced body resulting from harmony within one’s mind, body, soul and spiritual self. Massage has always played an important part in Indian life and was first featured in the earliest Ayurvedic texts that date back nearly 4,000 years. Indian head massage has been practised for nearly 1000 years. The Ayurvedic view of health is in the physical, emotional and a spiritual well being, and that health is maintained by the balance of three subtle life giving forces (elements) or doshas:
· VATA - a combination of Air and Ether influences all movements of the mind, body and senses, and the process of elimination.
· PITTA - a combination of Fire and Water influences energy, metabolism and digestive functions of the body.
· KAPHA – a combination of Earth and Water influences the physical stability, proper body structure and fluid balance.
Even today Indian head massage plays a large influential part in the family culture. Newborn babies receive a daily massage to keep them in good health. Infants from 3 to 6 years old are massaged once or twice a week and children from the age of 6 are taught the traditional techniques of this unique treatment to share with other family members. Those of you who have visited India may have had the opportunity to see families of small or large numbers seated on the floor behind one another giving each one a head massage.
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