Udvartana is an invigorating full body massage done in a rhythmic motion using herbal powder or paste. This therapy is largely recommended for diabetic neuropathy, obesity, paralysis, skin care, sciatica and indigestion among others. This massage also improves muscle tone and circulation apart from cleansing and nourishing the skin. Udvartana is highly recommended for dissolving excessive fat from the body.
Udvartana powder contains nerve stimulating and nourishing agents such as harad, bibhitaki, amla, deodar, senna, kulthi and others.
How is Udvartana done
In Udvartana (any of the three procedures), the powder or paste is briskly rubbed into the entire body for a period of 30-45 minutes. The absorptive properties of the powder act to pull excess fat deposits from the body. After the massage, swedana, a herbal sauna is recommended, followed by a shower to remove the powder/paste.
How it works
In udvartana, herbal powders that are dry in nature and hot in potency are used. Mostly sesame oil is used for the paste, which is again hot in potency. All the herbs and oils help to create lightness, and remove blockages and stiffness. It acts on the fat tissues with a liquefying action. When the herbal powders and oils or rubbed on the skin with a specific action it opens the pores, remove blockages in the vessels, increase heat in the tissues, and stimulate fat metabolism.
Once the paste is rubbed on the body and the massage is over, the client is asked to sit in an herbal steam chamber where the head of the guest remains outside the steam chamber. During this treatment the body loses lots of excess water (kapha) and the pores starts to open. Also, as the pores open, the herbal oil mixed with the paste percolates deeper into the skin and begins to liquefy the fat.
- Udvartana should always be done under the supervision of a Panchakarma expert.
- People with high blood pressure and skin infections should avoid going for udvartana.
Benefits of Udvartana
- Helps in losing weight
- Improves skin complexion.
- Helps to relieve stress and induce relaxation.
- Removes blockages in blood vessels.
- Stimulates fat metabolism.
- Reduces and balance vata and kapha.
- Highly beneficial for people with diabetesand obesity.