Udvarthana (Udvarthanam) is a kind of Ayurvedic dry powder massage. You may have also seen it written as Udwarthana or Udwarthanam, as they call it in south India. It can be done with or without the addition of oil or ghee depending on the client’s Ayurvedic body type and condition, the location and season of administration.
Ayurvedic practitioners and therapists use Udvarthanam as a remedy for metabolic and lifestyle disorders which are common in today’s fast paced, media-centric lifestyle. Udvarthanam is not just limited to lifestyle disorders but it has a solution to a wide array of problems. It is included as a part of the Dinacharya (Ayurvedic daily routine) and can be done regularly before a bath or shower. You can also receive this technique from an Ayurvedic massage expert.
Udwarthanam tones and exfoliates the skin, reduces fat tissue and weight, makes the skin radiant and glowing and improves skin complexion. It removes bad body odor and toxins, and cleanses the skin.
Udvarthanam (Udvartana) is very effective in reducing fat accumulation. Overweight people can also get benefits from this technique to control their body weight. Rubbing herbal powder helps break down cellulite and increases the burning of accumulated fat.
Abdominal Fat Accumulation
If you have loose skin on the arms, thighs or buttocks or if you are suffering from abdominal fat accumulation, then Ayurvedic powder massage is very efficacious in this situation. It helps to reduce subcutaneous fatty tissue and cellulite. It reduces body weight and assists other weight loss therapies.
Udvartana (powder massage) reduces Kapha and Ama. In rheumatoid arthritis, Ama is a main causative factor, so it is beneficial for reducing symptoms and inflammation of the joints. In some cases, rubbing the herbal powder with pressure can increase pain, so rubbing should be gentle and performed under the supervision of an Ayurvedic practitioner initially.Ruksha Udvartana, the dry powder massage, is more beneficial when stiffness with a feeling of heaviness is the main symptom as compared to joint tenderness. If joint tenderness with redness is the main symptom, then Snigdha Udvartana (powder massage with oil) is more beneficial.
It removes body stiffness and helps to open blocked pores of the skins. It facilitates the absorption of beneficial oils in the skin.
Increases Skin Glow
The opposite-direction stokes that are performed in Udwarthanam help to soften and exfoliate the skin and remove the dead cells from the skin, giving you a beautiful and lustrous glow. This will be noticed after the Udwarthanam for several days.
This massage is one of the Ayurvedic detoxification therapies. It cleanses the body and removes bad body odor. Udwarthanam removes Ama or toxins from the body. It helps to prevent various diseases, which are caused by accumulation of toxins.
Exfoliates the skin
Ayurvedic powder massage tones and exfoliates the skin, removes toxins and prevents skin diseases.
Improves Blood Circulation
Ayurvedic powder massage improves peripheral blood circulation.
Revitalizes The Sense Of touch
Herbal powder massage or Udvartana revitalizes the sense of touch.
Stress Reduction & Rejuvenation
This masage can be used for stress reduction and rejuvenation.
Duration Of The Procedure:
The duration of therapeutic Udwarthanam varies from 7-14 days depending on the intensity of the health condition and the condition of the client. The procedure is carried out for a period of 45 minutes per session.
For more information about Udwarthanam, please refer to #39 or ask your Ayurvedic therapist more about it. We would like to assist you in the best way.