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Get massage in monsoon

According to ancient texts, monsoon is the best season for any kind of rejuvenation programme. Since the atmosphere in this season is relatively cool and dust-free, it helps the skin to open the pores and absorb herbal and medicinal oils to the maximum.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 30, 2011 20:14 IST
Veenu Singh
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There’s one odd thing about the monsoon. Even though it’s associated with some of the worst of health problems – gastroenteritis, infections, colds, coughs and viral fevers – we look forward to it with all our hearts and souls. Which Indian, having burned under the summer sun, doesn’t like the rain?



And there’s another reason to love the monsoon. According to ancient texts, this is the best season for any kind of rejuvenation programme. “According to ayurveda, the human body is at its weakest during this season and therefore needs to be rejuvenated with massages that help strengthen the body,” explains Dr Rishi Mahajan, general manager, alternate therapies, VLCC.



Since the atmosphere in this season is relatively cool and dust-free, it helps the skin to open the pores and absorb herbal and medicinal oils to the maximum. People of any body type can get the benefits of ayurvedic therapies during the monsoon. “During the wet season, people tend to retain water,” says Divita Kanoria, founder, Tatha… Nature’s Blessings. “Massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph that helps to ease this condition. It also helps increase immunity and decrease muscular tension and pain. Massage therapy also gives relief from acute stress.”



Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies do more than ease physical stress, adds Dr Shyla Vahab, an ayurvedic doctor at Therapy Ayurveda in Delhi’s Dwarka area. “They also help preserve longevity, restore youthfulness, revitalise the body and mind, enhance body resistance and immunity and improve the functioning of body parts,” says Dr Vahab. “Plus, ayurvedic therapies bring calmness, improve the skin’s complexion and texture and increase the sensing capacity of sense organs. They also build up proper tissues (dhatus) in the body and continuously repair them, helping the body to resist diseases. Ideally, a 14- or 21-day session can bring out the best results.”

In fact, according to Dr Vahab, one of the best massage therapies for the monsoon is ‘abhyanga’, meaning oil massage. “Abhyanga is done as a pre-process of panchakarma (a purification process) and also as a major process by itself,” says the doctor. “It helps improve concentration, intelligence, confidence, and youthfulness. It also helps alleviate vata disorders and provides comfort to the eyes, ensures sound sleep, and tones the body. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.”

In another massage, shirodhara, certain herbal oils (thailadhara), medicated milk (ksheeradhara), medicated butter milk (thakradhara) etc., are poured on to the forehead in a particular method for about 45 minutes a day. “This treatment is effective for insomnia, stress, fatigue and lack of vitality. It stimulates the nervous system and is also effective in different conditions of vata aggravation,” adds Dr Vahab.

Even if you are unable to go for a proper massage therapy, you can do some simple things at home that will help in this season.“Put a few drops of either coconut or mustard oil in your nostrils after bathing. This will help clear the sinus and any congestion also,” says Dr Mahajan. “Even applying a few drops of mustard oil on your navel can be beneficial.”

From HT Brunch, July 31

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