Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India thousands of years ago and means "the science of life" in Sanskrit. Its basic approach is to balance the mind, body and spirit through traditional techniques and treatments that promote health and prevent illness.
Ayurvedic practitioners view people as having a unique constitution (prakriti) and combination of life forces, known as doshas, which determine their physical and psychological health and vulnerabilities. Healthful balance is maintained using a customized regimen of cleansing practices, meditation or yoga, herbal medicines, vitamins and/or mineral treatments.
An ayurvedic marma therapy helps eliminate toxins through purification, strengthening the muscle tone, relaxing and rejuvenating the body. Also known as hard body massage, Ayurvedic massages are given using well-oiled hands, feet, elbows, and forearms.
This Ayurvedic therapy involves tapping, kneading, squeezing and traditional massage strokes, and is done by using essential oils to suit individual doshas. The style and intensity of massage depends on the individual's need for balance and well being at the time.
An Ayurvedic therapist focuses on the "marma points", which are similar to the pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure