ELAKIZHI( HERBAL LEAF POUCH MASSAGE)
Elakizhi or Patrapotala Sweda
Sweda is an ancient Ayurvedic sudation therapy using numerous medicinal leaves (herbs). It induces perspiration within the affected area, which prompts the skin to eliminate wastes. Ela means Leaves and Kizhi means bolus(pouch).It is a process in which herbal leaves are tied in a cloth bag. This bag is dipped into hot medicated oil and then applied all over the body. It relieves body pain, stiff joints, back aches and similar ailments. Elakizhi is a massage therapy, which is highly effective in treatments of ailments affecting the bones and joints. Advisable in bone and joint conditions such as arthritis, spinal problems, spondylitis, sports injuries etc.
Procedure:The leaves which are having Vata pacifying property are collected freshly. Most commonly used leaves are leaves of tamarind, Calatropis gigentica, Ricinus communis, drumstick, Vitex nigundo, Adatoda vasica, Neem etc. They are chopped and mixed with grated coconut, lemon, turmeric rock salt etc. depending on the condition. The mixture is fried in plain sesame oil or other medicated oil as per the requirement. They are divided into parts and tied in a linen cloth in the form of boluses. These are kept in a vessel containing the oil used to fry the ingredients and the vessel is then heated. An Abhyangam (a gentle oil massage) is given for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then the massage is given with warm boluses. The boluses are applied over the body in different postures. Care should be taken that throughout the procedure the temperature is maintained by reheating the bolus over hot vessel.
Improves blood circulation
Improves skin complexion
Increase muscle strength
Relieves body pain and stiffness
It is anti aging and rejuvenating
Effective in the following conditions:
Chronic neck pain,back pain and Sciatica
Spondylosis/Lumbar spondylitis/Cervical spondylitis
Sprains and cramps
Post traumatic dysfunctions