Beauty massages are aplenty in the market and come with different pricings and kit ingredients. But did you ever think about a herbal massage that will help fight out body pain and illnesses that come with age?
It is an age-old technique that causes tremendous relief from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulders and spondylitis. It is ‘Potli Massage’, a therapy which is highly recommended for ladies above 30 years of age who start to face spinal and bone related problems.
What is Potli Massage all about?
Though it is practiced widely in South East Asia, especially in Thailand since the 14th century as a natural healing remedy, Potli massage is a popular massage therapy in India as well.
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Also known as poultice or kizhi, Potli massage is normally done in the form of heated herbal pouches. Their aim is to bring a therapeutic effect on the body by relaxing, nourishing and rejuvenating.
The Potli massage has been brought to India by a few salons and the one in expertise of it seems to be the Jawed Habib Spa Yoga located in Gachibowli which has been rated at No.1 in Hyderabad. There’s nothing like an expert doing the potli massage the right way, and we recommend you to give it a try in the best place itself, to feel the depth and benefits of it.
What makes Potli Massage?
Human mind wants to know a lot about new things in science and technology. Potli massage is one such Ayurvedic form of medicine that involves fresh and dried Ayurvedic herbs. The herbs are picked depending on your body constitution and the malady that you are being treated for. Then they are packed into a soft muslin cloth and dipped in warm medicated oil (if a wet massage is needed) or sand or some herbal powder (if a dry massage is required) and then massaged on the localised pressure points.
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The Workings of Potli Massage
As one can make out, Potli massage hails from the ages. That is why it is based on the elements of water and fire and when mingled with herbs it leaves behind a deep impact on your body.
Once the heated potli is massaged on your body, it leads to opening of the skin pores, thereby relaxing the strained muscles and making each of the herbs in the potli work slowly and impactfully on your body and mind.
When is Potli Massage used?
Each potli massage and the contents of it vary from person to person. After all, it depends on the type of illness and the extent of it and the person’s body chart. This is why; a Potli massage or the herbal massage is best decided upon by an Ayurvedic therapist or practitioner. The herbal massage benefits are so convincing that they relieve pain and inflammation; improve body flexibility and blood circulation.
Herbs used for Potli Massage
Each Ayurvedic massage has its own set of customised herbs that are relevant to the ailment for which they are being used.
In the case of Potli massage, time tested Ashwagandha is used in order to relax the tensed muscles and reduce stress. In order to detox the skin and body, mustard and neem are used. To revitalise and purify the body, turmeric (haldi) and ginger (adrak) are commonly used. As far as improving blood circulation and easing muscle tension goes, rosemary and rice are deployed. Ah yes…there is onion and aloe vera too to reduce inflammation. So you see the multiple effects of a Potli massage in the treatment of common to severe diseases.
Potli Herbs in a nutshell….
- Ashwagandha Root to relieve stress and boost sleep.
- Neem and Mustard to heal and detoxify skin and body.
- Ginger and Turmeric to purify the mind and body.
- Rosemary and Rice to ease out tensed muscles and stimulate blood circulation.
- Mint and Lemon to soothe headaches.
- Lemon and Orange to rejuvenate the body and mind.
- Onion and Aloe Vera to reduce soreness, swelling, inflammation and pain.
- Lavender and Cardamom to refreshing and calm down the body and nerves.
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There are several Spa and Ayurvedic centres in hotels and luxury resorts in India that provide the herbal and beneficial Potli massage. You need to check out their pricing, accessibility and your comfort factor while going for the same. Wish you the very best in ‘Potli’ treatment!