Today massage is a widely used therapeutic procedure for various health benefits. It has this popularity because of its risk free, and it has been used as traditional medicine for thousands of years for healing patient for many diseases. It has also a preventive aspect to defend disease and preserve the health. Today it has become an importance place in Naturopathy. In this article, you will learn various types of Udvartana massage and its benefits.
Udwarthanam Ayurvedic Massage
Udvartana is one form of famous Ayurvedic Massage that among the many types of ayurvedic massages of Kerala. This massage therapy involves of body scrubbing using “Ubtan” is a traditional Indian paste that is a mixture of different natural herbs with grains.

In this massage treatment oil or any kind of liquid is not used to other  forms of massage. In this, a paste is prepared using grains, various herbs; flours and natural oils are used to prepare it to massage the entire body to get therapeutic advantages. The People with Kapha Dosha generally go for this therapy.

What is Udwarthanam?

The word Udwarthanam is a combined of two words (Urdhwa + Varthanam) the word Urdhwa refers as Upward and the other word Varthanam means to move. It has got its name “Udwartanam” as in this massage stroke performed in an upward movement or in another word elevation.

Udwarthanam is a special type of Abhyanga (massage) in which mostly dry herbal powders are used for massaging ( in some steps; oils are used). It is a massage therapy in which massage is done in an upward direction ( i.e from below to upwards).

Udwartanam is  significant in its own as it is opposite to the traditional or conventional massage of Abhyanga in which strokes are performed from above to downwards. Udwarthana Massage is conduct opposite to that of the body hairs which is generally pointing downwards, this movement is called “Pratiloma gati” in sanskrit .

To Whom Udvartana Massage Is Suggested

  • Abdominal Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Cellulite breakdown
  • Preventing loosening of skin under a weight-loss program
  • After childbirth, if you get some extra weight
  • Muscular weakness
  • Obesity – extremely useful for a fat cutback
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Decrease mobility to joints due to excess Kapha, Ama or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Removing dead cells from the skin and increasing glow of the skin
  • Paralysis
  • Sclerosis of blood vessels
  • Sciatica of Kapha origin
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hemiplagia, cerebral palasy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motor neuron disorders

How Udvartana Massage Is Performed?

Udvartana is an Ayurvedic massage therapy that is used to eliminate toxins from the body. This therapy is beneficial in relieving the skeletal disorders and muscular abnormalities. Besides this, there are many curative goals that are targeted by this therapy.

In Udvartana, special herbal paste is applied to the entire body of the person obtaining the massage. The paste is applied on the body of the recipient, when it dries the mas-sager rubs the paste slowly on the body taking care that the strokes are directed at the heart as to remove the lymphatic toxins from the body.

The paste is kept for some time on a body so that it gets penetrated deep inside the skin of the recipient. As soon as the massage with the herbal paste is finished the whole body is smudge with herbal oil over the body for some time. The time span of the massage is for about one hour, and it is done regularly for few days. Usually, duration of Udvartana therapy is for one week.

Different Types of Udvartana Massage

According to ancient massage theraphy Udvartana is categorized in different two types:

  1. Snigadh or Sneha (unctuous or oily)
  2. Ruksha (dry)

Snigadh Udvartana

Snigadh Udvartana is a powder massage in which herbal paste prepared; mix with herb’s powder and medicated oils is used. This herbal paste is massaged over the skin over the body. This form of Udvartana benefits in improving complexion, glow of skin, tone and skin texture.

The principal purpose of Snigadh Udvartana is to exfoliate of skin and to rejuvenate the body skin to prevent from skin ailments. According to ayurveda text “Charaka Samhita,” Snigadh Udvartana is beneficial to the people with sensitive skin and the weak people who cannot tolerate rubbing of the dry herbal powders.

Ruksha Udvartana

In Ruksha Udvartana only dry powders made from of different herbs are used for rubbing and massage. These Herbal powders have ingredients that are rough and dry in nature and used to reduce surplus Kapha of a body.

Ruksha Udvartana massage is useful for reducing excess cellulite and fat from the skin. It is also advantageous for diabetic persons with insulin resistance. According to ayurveda text “Charaka Samhita,” Ruksha Udvartana is most beneficial for obese people.

Herbs Used In Udvartana

Triphala is the powder generally used in this therapy. It is a blend which has excellent nerve stimulating agents such as.

  • Deodar
  • Gooseberry
  • Myrobalan
  • Belerica
  • Senna
  • Horse gram
  • Phyllanthu
  • Mustard

The Procedure & Technique of Udvartana Therapy

In Udvartana, therapy warmed herbal powder is massaged into the opposite direction to hair follicles. The ayurvedic powder is applied in seven body positions by rubbing and massaging with pressure for a specific period. It is generally done by an ayurvedic expert; they have expertise and techniques to break down cellulite under the skin.

The process is performed in seven postures. If the skin is over sensitive sesame or olive oil is mixed with the herbal powder. The massage is done with wet or dry medicated herbal powders by a massage therapist for around 15 to 45 minutes.

Then the person is kept rested for about 15 to be 20-minute. Then bath by Luke warm water is given to a person. Lastly a bit, moisturizing of the skin is done after bath.

Powder Massage Benefits

Increases Skin Glow: It is generally found that person suffering from some nutrition problems also faced skin problems, and their effects appear on skin. Udvartana can be the best solution for lost skin glow, and ayurvedic powder massage will moreover, help to improve skin glow and complexion.

Opposite direction Stokes performed in Udvarthanam will help to soften and exfoliate the skin. It will also remove the dead cells from the skin giving a beautiful and lustrous glow to the skin.

Reduce stomachic Fat Accumulation: If you have a loosen skin on arms, thighs or buttocks, or suffering from any abdominal fat accumulation, then Ayurvedic powder massage is very beneficial in this situation. It fixes to minimize subcutaneous fatty tissue and cellulite this way; it also reduces the body weight and stimulates other weight loss problems.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: In rheumatoid arthritis, AMA is a main element that causes this ailment. Udvartana (powder massage) reduces kapha and ama of the body, so it  can be the best therapy for reducing symptoms and inflammation of the joints. It is necessary that it is performed under the supervision of the ayurvedic physicians as in some cases, rubbing the herbal powder with pressure can increase pain, therefore, rubbing should be gentle. Performing Ruksha Udvartana is more advantageous in the ailment such as rigidity with feeling of heaviness, joint tenderness with redness, etc.

It removes Toxins: It is one of the detoxification ayurvedic therapies, which cleanses the body and discharges bad body odor. Performing Udvarthanam can also remove AMA or toxins from the body. So it can be helpful to prevent various diseases, which are caused by accumulation of toxins.

Apart from being effective in reducing fat, Udvartana also rectifies the lymphatic circulation throughout the body. The diseases like eczema,  lymph drainage, rosacea edema,  or acne can be cured by the Udvartana treatment. It aids in refreshing the body as well as mind.