Ayurvedic massage

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically,
if we are willing to listen”
Shakti Gawain

ayurvedic massage


I have always loved to give massages. This summer, as part of my Ayurvedic training I received an intense Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage training as part of my studies at Ayurdaay Nilayam.

I am now happily practising my Ayurvedic massage skills in a wonderful practice in Amsterdam South (Amsterdam South Health Center).

Currently the costs are only € 35,- for 50 min. Each appointment I start by evaluating your polse and asking you a few questions in order to determine any disbalance and what could be beneficial for the massage.

With Ayurvedic massage we use plenty of warm oil (mmmmmm!) that is massageD deeply into the tissues, nourishing your whole body and calming your nervous system.

According to your constititution, disbalance, the season, your plans after the massage etc I will choose a medicated oil which is beneficial for you. A medicated oil combines a base oil (such as sesame, almond, coconut, or sunflower) that can be infused with a decoction of one or more Ayurvedic herbs—combining the nourishing and soothing qualities of the oil with the healing properties of the herbs.

There come many benefits with Abhyanga massage. Abhyanga massage is especially good for people with more Vata in their constitution or people who’s Vata dosha is aggravated. It also helps pacify Pitta, using more cooling oils. By nature, Kapha people have more of the heavy, oily, smooth and soft qualities of oil by nature. Too much oily massages can aggravate their Kapha and create ‘ama’ (toxins). If given Abhyanga massage they do better with using less and a more heating oil, or no oil at all and instead use a special massage powder, called – Udvartana.

The massage comes with many strokes, long and short, covering the full body. Pace and pressure adjusted to your wishes/disbalance. I will give some extra care to muscle knots, but in general it is not a though massage like – connective tissue or sports massage. The medicated oil will do its work, penetrating deep within the body and leaving its effects long after the massage has ended.

Te main benefits are:

  • Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
  • Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
  • Calming for the nerves
  • Lubrication of the joints
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Improved elimination of impurities from the body
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Increased levels of stamina through the day
  • Better, deeper sleep at night
  • Massage in autumn

So just as you consider a healthy meal, exercise, sleep and company a part of your self care, the benefits of massage should nog be missed.


It would love to welcome you for a massage any time soon.

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