What is Padabhyanga?
Synonyms: Pada Snehana
The Sanskrit Padabhyanga is composed of two words Pada or foot and Abhyanga which means to induce specific and special movements on the body with a gentle oil massage.
Padabhyanga is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy, involving the technique of the applying warm herb-infused oil over the feet, followed by a gentle massage. It is said to be part of the daily Ayurvedic regimen, called Dinacharya, for maintaining good health. Foot care and foot health greatly contributes to the overall wellbeing of the body. The feet have certain pressure points, or Marmas, that when stimulated help to heal and revitalize various body parts. Padabhyanga is one of the most relaxing and stress relieving procedures and has a variety of beneficial effects on the mind and body. Various oils are used according to different body constitutions and disease conditions.
Why is it Best?
- The experience of Padabhyanga leaves you with a blissful sensation.
- It has both local and systemic effects.
- At a local level it keeps the skin of the feet soft and supple, prevents dryness, cracked soles, brittle nails, pain and stiffness.
- It is useful in many Vata disorders, nervous system dysfunction, and eye disorders especially low vision (through the stimulation of Marma energy points)
- Padabhyanga enhances blood circulation, reduces stress and fatigue and enriches the quality of sleep.
Benefits for You:
- All healthy individuals are benefited by Padabhyanga. In fact it is said to be a part of the daily Ayurveda regimen for good health (Dinacharya).
- It is indicated in roughness, stiffness, pain, dryness, numbness, tremors, tingling sensations and cracks in the feet.
- It is excellent for people in occupations involving strain on the feet, such as dancers, athletes, sports persons, policemen, nurses, gymnasts and people who stand for extended periods.
- It is useful for aged people to prevent or arrest the progress of degenerative conditions.
- It is prescribed in mental stress, fatigue and insomnia.
The Process on the Spots
Padabhyanga involves applying warm, Dosha-specific oil over the feet, followed by a massage using techniques and strokes by well-trained therapists. The techniques of massage employed in this treatment are unique. The feet are massaged in a synchronous way, from the ankle, the toes up to the soles, with a focus on certain pressure points and Marmas. Techniques like kneading, stroking, pulling and friction are employed in this therapy. You will be prescribed a particular oil depending on your condition. Specific herbs infused into the oil are used to treat specific diseases. A hot water foot bath or dip may be given after the procedure.
Duration: 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
Combination Therapies: Padabhyanga can be is combined with several other therapies such as Sweda, Sarvanga Abhyanga (full body massage), etc.
30 min Padabhyanga
Includes Kansa Foot Massage
Padabhyanga + Shirodhara (1 hour)
Includes Kansa Foot Massage