In Abhyanga or Ayurvedic massage, we are offering
our clients types that is very specific for them. Unlike Swedish massage or deep tissue
massage that actually treats specific ailments, we are looking at the whole person as a person. So in this video, I’m going to be demonstrating
three types of touch that we do in Ayurvedic massage. First Sattvic touch is like a straight,
smooth, effleurage. I’m not going too deep. I’m doing something very smooth and relaxing.
I’m doing a flow, I’m breathing, and I’m encouraging my client to breath. Take a nice deep breath.
Ah. It’s not designed to work out any intense kinks, it’s designed just to support calming
and harmonizing of the nervous system. A Rajasic touch is going to be a little deeper.
So if my client has some pain in his shoulders, I am going to do a little bit more of a deeper
action in order to work out some adhesions that might be in the shoulders, AKA “knots”,
and to support that release of tension, Ayurvedic massage offers a more Rajasic touch to stimulate
letting go of any holding patterns in the body. The third type of touch is Tamasic touch.
Tamasic touch is deeper, and it’s a little bit slower, and it’s meant to move any stagnation.
But unlike a Rajasic touch, Tamasic touch is going to be slow and steady. Tamasic touch
right now I’m using as an example alongside the vertebrae of my client here, in order
to move energy deeply, but also peacefully. Tamas in Ayurveda is more lethargic, dull,
inert energy. We can use that quality in a positive way to do deep and slow work to release
stagnation, and to support positive flow of energy. Those are three types of touch that
we use in Ayurvedic massage.