Ayurveda is the ancient holistic system from India, practiced for over 5000 years. It is acknowledged as the mother of medicine, which also includes yoga in its modality. It is a complete way of lifestyle based on achieving physical and mental harmony.
Ayurveda describes that life is divided into three divisions and composed of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth, all depending on which body elements (doshas) dominates which section of life.
In order to prolong life and keep old age at bay, we need to pacify Vata dosha.
Importance of Head and Face in Ayurveda
The head, neck and face region is the first point of entry for prana (energy) into our body, and also situated there are our five sense organs, eyes, nose, tongue, ears and skin. There are 108 energy centres in the body called Marma points, each relates to a specific organ and function of the body, 37 are situated in the head, face and neck region. The Marma points are connected with each other by energy channels called Nadis, energy should flow uninterrupted through the Nadis while passing through the Marma points. Due to external influences like stress, tension, lack of rest, lifestyle, etc energy tends to get blocked in Marma points. Blockage of these points will also result in early aging. One of the aims of the traditional Ayurvedic facelift massage is to keep these centres and channels free of such blockages so that there is uninterrupted energy flow through them.
Herbs that pacify Vata are ginger, Neem, triphala, tumeric and Manjistha etc.
In a Traditional Ayurvedic Face-lift Massage session, all concentration is on the Vata dominant Marma points of the head, face and neck region to pacify this dosha. The massage is continuous for the entire session without a break, starting with the face. This is important because this helps the continous flow of energy through the Marma points and energy channels. During this treatment Marma points are massaged in both directions. Number of times and skin pressure is depended on what dosha type you are. The treatment is detoxifying and nourishing, focusing on the health at all levels.
For best results, the Ayurvedic face-lift massage should be repeated once every week for 6-8 weeks depending on the person’s lifestyle factors.
Some of the many benefits of the traditional Ayurvedic face massage are:
- Improved skin tone and circulation
- Reduces and softens lines and wrinkles
- More defined features such as cheekbones and jaw line
- Improved muscle tone and reduction in sagginess
- Can help jaw ache
- Reduces puffiness & fluid retention around the eyes
- Reduction of tension-induced sinus/congestion problems
- Relieves symptoms of tension headaches and eye strain
- Improvement in sleeping patterns