Pizhichil is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment involving soft massage of the whole body in streams of lukewarm medicated oils. In olden times, the treatment was specially offered to the kings, and therefore, it was famously referred to as “Treatment for Aristocrats” or “the King of Ayurvedic Therapies”. Some other names by which the Pizhichil treatment is known are Sarvangadhara, Kaya Seka, and Thailadhara.
Pizhichil is an important part of Panchakarma Ayurveda treatment that combines oil and heat therapy to improve blood circulation and eliminate Ama or toxins from your body. The medicated oil is poured on your body by squeezing it out from a cloth following which a rejuvenating massage is given.
Before the procedure starts, the prakruti or body constitution and vikruti or the current state of the doshas are determined. After that, everything required for the procedure is gathered beforehand, including the equipment and masseurs or attendants.
The main procedure of Pizhichil starts by pouring oil all over your head and body in a steady and constant stream. The type of oil mixture used for the treatment depends on your needs and medical conditions. Generally, Chandanbala Laxadi oil, Ksheerabala oil, Dhanwantharam oil, Shatavari oil, Yashtimadhu oil work best for the procedure.
Although the Pizhichil Ayurveda treatment involves a full body massage, it can also be targeted on a certain part of the body called Ekhanga Pizhichil or half of the body called Ardhanga Pizhichil. During the massage, you have to be in several positions which include sitting, lying on the stomach, then on the back, lying on the right side and then onto the left. Two to four people are needed to perform the massage, and it may last for about 60-90 minutes.
One sitting may show good results, but for long-lasting mental and physical wellbeing, it is recommended to continue the procedure for at least seven sittings. Sometimes, the person undergoing Pizhichil therapy is also given Shirodhara treatment after that, where medicated oil is continuously poured on their forehead.
An important thing to note here is Pizhichil therapy requires about three to four litres of oils which need to be at a relaxing or lukewarm temperature throughout the process. The oil used for the massage can be drained into a collector which can be re-warmed and applied on the person.
Finally, after the therapy is complete, care is ensured to avoid immediate exposure to cold. Pizhichil massage is usually performed early during the morning as well as in the evening after which you are given a hot or lukewarm bath. As the therapy is quite soothing to your mind and the body, you will get a good night’s sleep or rest after the procedure.
Pizhichil therapy has relaxing and soothing effects on your mind. So, it can be recommended for people dealing with depression. Besides, it can be quite effective for physical and mental relaxation as well. Some of the benefits of Pizhichil therapy include:
Relieves Fatigue: Pizhichil massage has been known to relieve muscle fatigue and restore physical strength and mental vigour.
Rejuvenates the Skin: In Ayurveda, Pizhichil is a detoxifying therapy that eliminates the accumulated toxins from your body. The massage also removes dead cells and toxins from your skin and rejuvenates it. Moreover, it stimulates proper blood circulation which imparts a youthful appearance to your skin.
Eliminates Vata Disorders: Vata aggravation leads to numerous disorders in your body. Pizhichil massage helps to calm down the Vata dosha and alleviate the symptoms of weakness, stiffness, inflammation and pain. It is also beneficial in enhancing neuromuscular functions and paralysis.
Manages Stress Disorders: Your brain engages in multiple functions, and sometimes, mental fatigue can result from that. Pizhichil massage soothes your brain and makes it calmer thereby making it an excellent way of relieving stress, anxiety and hypertension.
Reduces Body Pain: Injuries due to past accidents can stay in the body for a long time and affect one’s health. They can manifest in the form of minor pain or muscular stress or weakness. In such situations, the Pizhichil procedure can be used to relieve the pain from the affected areas. The herbal oils used in the massage can help to reduce inflammation and prolonged pain.
Reduces Nerve Weakness: A weak nervous system may be the result of inflammation, compression, blockage or damage in the nerves. In Pizhichil, medicated oils are massaged on your body with soft strokes which destress and release the tension from the nerves.
Cures Sexual Weakness: Pizhichil treatment has been used to cure several sexual issues in men such as sexual weakness, erectile dysfunction, etc. Such problems could be caused due to muscle damage and blockage in the blood vessels leading to improper blood flow. Through the massage, proper circulation can be enhanced which strengthens your body from within, thereby curing sexual weakness.
Pizhichil is one among the best therapies that Ayurveda has to offer, but it is generally not given as the sole remedy for a particular disease. Depending on the body type and complication of the disease, it may be given in parallel to other therapies or medications. Nonetheless, Pizhichil is the best Ayurvedic treatment for improving the strength of your muscles and preventing neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders.
However, there are a few conditions when it is recommended to avoid Pizhichil therapy.
Stress and anxiety have now become a common part of our lives that not only affect our mental health but also our physical health. Therefore, it is crucial to take the help of Ayurveda at times to keep your stress at bay and maintain your overall good health. At Govardhan Ecovillage, you can take a break from your life to rejuvenate and relax yourself with Pizhichil therapy.
Pizhichil helps in strengthening your body, relaxing your mind, improving immunity, and preventing several diseases. Our experienced doctors and Ayurveda practitioners will help you experience a holistic and traditional way of healing and wellbeing through Pizhichil treatment.
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