Sarvanga means whole body and abhyanga means massage. Sarvanga Abhyanga is a process in which massage is done to the whole body with the help of medicated oils and grithas as a preventive and curative therapy. Warm oils deeply penetrate into the cells and release physical, mental and spiritual toxins, hence sarvanga abhyanga works as detoxifying as well as healing cellular therapy.
Swedana is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that involves inducing sweat in a person's body, typically through the use of steam or heated herbal preparations. Swedana is believed to have several health benefits, including weight loss, relief from pain and stiffness in the body, improved digestion, and increased circulation. It is also thought to be helpful in treating conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and coughs.
The Udwarthanam massage is a therapeutic deep tissue massage which is performed with rubbing oil and herbal powder applied in upward strokes. The intensity of the massage generates heat which then melts the excess fat in your body. Hence, the Udwarthanam Ayurvedic massage is widely sought-after by individuals looking to lose weight. Besides, it can also work very well to improve the immunity and lymphatic flow of the body.
According to the classical treatises on Ayurveda, the Udwarthanam massage was followed as a daily routine. Sometimes, the massage is given along with Shirodhara or Takradhara treatments for the best outcomes.
In Sarvangadhara, warm medicated oil is systematically massaged on all parts of the body as the patient lies on a Droni (Ayurvedic therapy table). Ideally, five attendants are required for performing the therapy. Using kindis, or brass spouted pitchers, four practitioners simultaneously pour the oil, and massage the patient from head to toe. One attendant regularly replenishes the oil.
Kashaya means medicated decoction and Dhara means pouring. When these medicated decoction are poured over forehead the therapy is called as ShirokashayaDhara.