What is it?

The term Pizhichil (pronounced “Pee-ree-chill”) translates as “squeezing”. Pizhichil is a traditional Ayurveda therapy which combines oil application, rhythmic ‘squeezing’ massage and heat treatment (Swedana or sudation).


Born from the traditions of Ayurveda therapy in Kerala (South India), Pizhichil forms an integral part of Keraliya Panchakarma. It involves a synchronized oil massage with specific strokes by two or more therapists carried out over the body, except for the head. The pressure of the massage varies from mild to firm. This therapy is excellent to rejuvenate the mind and body, strengthen local muscles and underlying tissues, and harmonize the systems of the body. A session of Pizhichil will leave you relaxed, and a long term therapy will enhance your strength, energy and an overall sense of improved well-being. It is done under the guidance of an Ayurvedic physician.

Synonyms: Sarvanga Snehana, Kaya seka, Taila Seka

Why is it Best?

  • Pizhichil is a wholesome therapy that tones up the body and enriches overall health.
  • It is said to strengthen the immune system and keep diseases at bay.
  • It relieves body pain and muscular fatigue.
  • Pizhichil keeps the skin soft and supple by preventing wrinkles and improving skin tone.
  • It enhances muscular tone and compactness and improves blood circulation.
  • It stimulates the nervous system positively.
  • The special oils used, work by impacting the body tissues through the effect of the medicinal herbs.
  • Pizhichil is most beneficial for athletes, sports persons and all healthy people,
  • It is indicated in several conditions such as emaciating/degenerative diseases, muscular spasms, arthritis, muscle weakness,
  • Paralysis, paresis, sciatica and other neurological disorders,
  • Insomnia/disturbed sleep,
  • Bone and joint disorders, osteoporosis, aches and pains, frozen shoulder, spondylosis and similar conditions,
  • Premature ageing, wrinkling of the skin,
  • Stress and psychological disorders,
  • Digestive issues, metabolic imbalance,
  • Endocrine disorders, etc.

The Process on the Spots

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Pizhichil is carried out by application of Dosha-specific oil, all over the body. A cloth dipped in warm oil (or the therapist’s palm) is squeezed to pour a stream of oil, which is subsequently spread and massaged onto the body. Two or more therapists will perform the special technique of Pizhichil by employing synchronized, sweeping stokes using the medicated oil. The massage varies in pressure and intensity over various body parts. This rhythmic massage is carried out for about 45 to 60 minutes. It may be followed by a type of Swedana (sudation therapy).

Duration and Cost

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Combination Therapies: Depending on the condition of the patient, Pizhichil may be combines with various types of Swedana, Basti, Kati Basti, etc.

Please note: Ayurvedic therapies such as Pizhichil must be done under the expert guidance of an Ayurvedic physician. Please consult your doctor for a treatment plan, tailor-made to your body constitution and Dosha imbalance. This will ensure hassle-free treatment and will enrich your Ayurveda experience.