What is it?
Udvartana is a Sanskrit word that means massaging the body (below the neck) in a direction opposite to the orientation of body hair, with some pressure (usually with a powder of herbs).
Udvartana works as an exfoliating, herbal-scrub massage that scrubs away dead skin, improves blood circulation and revitalizes the skin. The distinct strokes and direction of massage used in Udvartana, however, work at a deeper level than a regular body scrub. It fortifies deep body tissues and works as a wholesome procedure for rejuvenation. This herbal body scrub is performed neck down and in a sweeping upward motion opposite to the direction of body hair. Udwartana is part of the daily Ayurveda regimen called Dinacharya and is useful in obesity and weight loss programs.
Synonyms: Sharira Parimarjana, Churnodvartana (powder scrub massage), Utsadana (Paste massage), Ruksha Udvartana (dry powder scrub), Snigdha Udvartana (powders mixed with water/ milk/oil).
Why is it Best?
- Udvartana is said to mitigate Kapha Dosha.
- It aids in melting away excess Meda Dhatu (body fat) and therefore is very useful in treating obesity.
- Udvartana lends compactness to the body, tones up the muscles and surrounding structures and invigorates the skin.
- Udvartana and other forms like Utsadana and Lepa are excellent to enhance skin complexion.
- Udvartana therapy dispels lethargy by instilling a sense of energy and vitality.
- Udvartana is recommended in all healthy individuals,
- Patients experiencing weight gain, obesity,
- Kapha Dosha diseases,
- Skin disorders, itching, excess sweating, body odour,
- Insomnia/sleep disorders,
- Lethargy, poor concentration, less energy,
- Depression, anxiety, fatigue, untimely drowsiness, etc.
The Process on the Spots
Udvartana is best if it is done after Abhyanga and followed by Swedana (steam bath). Abhyanga (oil application) over the whole body is carried out with a Dosha-specific oil. The therapist will then generously sprinkle a coarse herbal powder over your body, chosen according to your condition and Dosha status. Although the whole body (except the head) is covered, the focus is directed on the back, chest and limbs. The powder is rubbed along the skin with varying pressure in specific directions according to the underlying muscles. After the procedure, the excess powder is wiped off. This is followed by a steam bath or a warm shower.
45 minutes to 1 hour
Udvartana is often combined with Abhyanga. Udvartana has certain special allied forms such as Utsadana (pastes of fragrant fortifying herbs mixed with oil / milk/ rose water rubbed onto the skin), Udgharshana (coarse powders of herbs) and Mukha Lepa (herbal face masks).
60 Min Paste Massage
Include Steam Bath + Shower
90 Min Paste Massage
Include Steam Bath + Shower