Friday, August 30, 2019

Ayurvedic massage for detox and the fall season

by Catalina Rahaianu

Vata season is on its way! Ayurvedic medicine speak extensively about all the prevention steps to take prior the windy season.
The word vata means to blow or move like the wind. Consisting of the elements air and ether, it is the principle force of motion in the body and mind.
When vata dosha is healthy, the movements of the body are graceful, unimpeded, controlled, the mind is quiet and calm.
When disturbed or imbalanced vata dosha increases nervousness, anxiety, fear, twitches, tremors, low energy, persistent fatigue and sluggishness.

Ayurvedic massages follows the principles of Ayurveda in approaching and resolving the symptoms caused by the vata season and to help preventing their development. In that sense the treatment will be adapted to work as lymphatic drainage and to eliminate accumulation of fat, eliminate toxins, fluids and impurities in the body.
Even for those with less vata in our makeup, it is important to take steps to keep vata in balance during this time because of its seasonal influence. 
Regular full body ayurvedic massages are the best therapy for this season.

Please consult with a therapist in our clinic for the ayurvedic body therapies.


How to prevent imbalance and support Vata dosha at home

Self care - Body therapies
Herbal Foot Bath
In this season a foot soak can do wonders! Warm water stimulates your feet and your whole body and softens your skin. The aromas of herbs and bath salts provide relaxation through the sense of smell.
  • Use one quart of boiling water. Make a small pouch of all or any of the following herbs: sage, lavender, rosemary. Place the pouch in a large wash bowl or bucket and pour the boiling water over it. Let it sit for twenty minutes.
  • Add cold water, if necessary, to reach a comfortable temperature between 100-110 °F.
  • Soak your feet in the water for about twenty to 30 minutes. Gently rub the herbs on your feet but do not scrub.
  • Dry feet thoroughly with a clean towel. Add bathing salts for extra benefits.
Foot Massage
By rubbing your feet, you massage your whole body. Massaging your feet helps detoxification, balances emotions, and improves blood and lymph circulation.
  • First wash your feet thoroughly. Neem soap is especially beneficial due to its antibacterial properties. Wipe your feet dry and sit in a comfortable position so you can easily reach your feet.
  • Apply warm sesame seed oil to one of your feet for lubrication.
  • Start by gently rubbing the base of your little (fifth) toe and continue to the big toe.
  • Stretch and pull the toes gently and rub each side of the nail.
  • Massage the ball of your foot in a circular motion. Apply gentle pressure on both sides of your heel below the ankle joint, followed by circling around your ankle joint with both hands in a clockwise motion. This improves circulation and the energy level of the body.
  • Finally massage your calf muscle to release tension. Repeat the same steps on your other foot.

Dress accordingly
Avoid synthetic closing touching your skin directly. Wear natural warming and breathable fibers, scarves around the neck and do not forget about the shoe wear. Cold feet is one of the triggers for the Vata imbalance. Keep your feet warm, wear socks and comfortable shoes.

Eat to balance
Vata dosha is balanced by regularity in routine.
Warm and cooked are key factors in the Vata-pacifying diet.  Soups and stews, hot cereals, hearty grains, wholesome beverages and desserts like rich rice pudding all feel welcome on cold days.
To keep Vata in balance, favor the sweet, sour and salty tastes and avoid bitter, pungent and astringent foods. All dairy products, for example, pacify Vata. Drink warm teas with a pinch of cardamom or dry ginger in it. Favor sweet, sour, heavy fruits, such as oranges, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, peaches, melons, berries, plums, pineapples, mangos and papayas.
Vegetables should be eaten cooked; reduce raw salads. Beets, carrots, asparagus and sweet potatoes are good choices. In moderate quantities, the following vegetables are also fine, especially if they are cooked with ghee or oil and Vata-reducing spices: peas, green leafy vegetables (chopped small, with thick fibrous parts discarded), broccoli, cauliflower, celery, zucchini and potatoes.
Vata-pacifying spices include cardamomcumingingercinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed and black pepper in moderation.  Favor foods that are liquid rather than dry, and warm rather than cold.

Please consult with a therapist in our clinic before changing your diet. The above are general rules and on occasion need to be adapted and customized to each individual health conditions.


Catalina is an Advance Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, specializing in Ayurvedic massage, Marma therapy and Body Energetic treatments. If you haven’t tried an Ayurvedic massage yet, now is the perfect time to reset your system and treat yourself.  To learn more, contact Catalina at 905-940-2727 or send her an e-mail at catalina@naturopathicfoundations.ca  

To book your appointment, please call the clinic at 905-940-2727.