REVIEW: Ayurvedic Massage
Review by Megan Montague
Developed more than 3000 years ago in India, Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems. It's based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Anastasiya Day is an Ayurvedic Massage Practitioner and hugely passionate about Ayurveda. She explained the treatment in detail along with explaining how Ayurvedic Massage supports the mind, body & spirit balance. Anastasiya is currently working from the Vanity Fair Beauty Salon in Tunbridge Wells but is in the process of building a purpose built Ayurvedic Spa – exciting things to come!
I’m no stranger to massages, however, I typically go for sports massage which are often functional but not soothing so I was interested to see how Ayurvedic Massage differed. Ayurvedic body massage is performed with an acute awareness of the marmas and chakras. In Ayurveda, marmas are vital points similar to acupressure points. When they are manipulated correctly, they revitalise the entire body.
Oils and herbs form a vital part of the massage. Anastasiya blends her own oils with herbs specifically for each client in accordance with their imbalance or vikruti. As we had not met before, she used a blend for me, which supports balance in the doshas or energy patterns in the body.
The treatment room was beautifully presented, and the heated massage table was so soothing, that I started to feel relaxed before the treatment had even begun. Ayurvedic Massage is a whole-body massage involving the back, arms, hands, neck, head, legs and feet. The massage oil is heated prior to being generously applied and the hour-long massage had a very calm and luxurious approach.
Compared to other massages I have had, the Ayurvedic Massage with Anastasiya was very soothing and nourishing. The massage was deeply relaxing (I fell asleep a few times!) and I felt very calm during and after the treatment. The massage wasn’t about manipulating my muscles but more about calming my nervous system and releasing tension through deep relaxation.
I had been feeling like I had the start of a cold coming on and I noticed that a lot of the congestion and throat ache shifted after the massage! The oils were so nourishing and my skin felt amazing after. As the oil is generously applied, it is best to leave on to get the maximum benefit for your skin and anticipate that it will be in your hair! I hadn’t and Anastasiya kindly gave me a hairband!
If you would like to book the Ayurvedic Abhyanga (Relaxing massage) with herbal oils that I had, which is currently £75 for 60 minutes you can book on Anastasiya's website. www.ayurvedamassageandyoga.co.uk