Ayurveda is an indispensable way of life for maintaining the vital functions of the body and mind. It uses methodically designed therapies to facilitate the bodily functions of the whole organism, which help to restore it when needed or in its daily maintenance. Ayurveda emphasizes healing and supporting our system throughout our lives through fundamental, healthy therapies and procedures. However, the “mother” of all therapies is known as Padabhyanga.
“Padabhyanga” can also be freely translated as “foot massage” or “foot therapy”. This therapy is especially important in Ayurveda because our feet are the connection of our body to mother earth.
There are many spiritual traditions around the world that believe that body and soul are connected to the soles of our feet and even embodied in them.
It is believed that this ancient foot science can help a lot in conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, disorders of the bloodstream and nerves.
Foot care is good to start with holistic procedures that include massaging the healing points on them with herbal, natural and essential oils. Applying the right massage techniques relieves the body of its discomforts, restoring the connection of our body and soul to the earth and the universe as a whole, through the skin of our feet, which also results in complete relaxation of our body and mind.
Preparing the patient for the procedure
The patient’s legs should be bare. After a full and thorough consultation, the therapist should determine what his sleeping, eating and daily activity habits are, what his family’s health history is, and other important aspects, including identifying his dosha. Thus, the therapist comes to the conclusion of what therapy the patient needs.
The procedure of padabang therapy and what effects it has on our body There are several different techniques used in Padabhyanga for a beneficial and healthy oil massage.
Hand movements and techniques for doing massage
Sesame oil is preferred in Padabhyanga massage as it is a powerful antioxidant that is absorbed very easily and pleasantly by the skin.
Cow oil, ‘Xheerabala tailam’ and ‘Eranda tailam’ may also be used, but vegetable oils are preferred because of the many benefits they carry, while cow oil is generally more suitable for softening the skin.
Mahamasha tailam, Ksheerabala tailam, Mahanarayana tailam, Kottamchukkadi tailam, Murivenna, Pinda tailam, and Guggulutiktaka ghritam are all healing oils that are often used for this health-promoting therapy.
Applying generous amounts of herbal oil to the patient’s feet and massaging them for a long time releases toxins through the skin and soothes the body or body’s stress during the day or years. Feet, heels, ankles and feet are oiled extensively, then rubbed with gentle pressure and vigorous circular motions in the skin. In general, this pleasant and healthy massage can last from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the patient’s needs.
This massage stimulates the flow of energy and directs it along the intended path. The Padabhyanga practitioner applies moderate pressure on certain points, always in circular motions, to generate a calming, restorative and rejuvenating effect on his patient.
Ayurvedic treatment always involves the widespread use of various healing metals. Glasses made of bronze and tin help eliminate toxins from the body. Copper, tin and bronze are a must have been used in this ancient alternative medicine.
In addition, metals also help to balance and maintain good body temperature. Applying oil on the plantar surface is especially useful for blood circulation. A small bronze bowl called “Kasa” *is smeared with oil, warmed, and then used for this gentle, healing foot massage.
Ayurveda illustrates that different parts of the legs correspond to different organs in our body. The legs have specific energy points, which are called “marma”. These are the energy centers that flow throughout the human body. When pressed, circulatory energies in the liver, kidney, stomach, neck, heart, head and other important organs in the human body are triggered.
Padabanga helps to release all the negative energy from these marmae and contributes to the health and well-being of everyone who uses it.
Diseases and conditions treated with padabang therapy
This specific therapy offers many health benefits.
- Relieving stiffness in our feet
- Strength and stability of the foot and our limbs
- Improve our vision and auditory senses
- Prevents diseases of the feet and eases contraction of muscles, tendons and vessels of the feet
- Prevents cracks and dryness in the heels
- Padabang reduces stress and calms our mind and body
- Relaxes and revitalizes our central nervous system
- Removes fatigue from our lower limbs and improves our sleep quality
- Activates metabolism, cures headaches and slows down degenerative changes in our body
- Helps to calm and maintain Vata Dosha, which, when excess in our system, is considered the root cause of most of our illnesses
- Provides complete immunity to our body
Conditions treated holistically with pababang therapy include:
- Hemiplegia and paraplegia
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Shaking the feet and legs
For whom is ababa therapy intended?
Padabanga is an extremely soothing and enjoyable massage for people of all ages. It is recommended to do it daily before bedtime.
If you experience extreme fatigue, insomnia, or cramping, a simple foot massage for 15 minutes can greatly help you to alleviate your physical and mental fatigue. Reflexology of the feet has an extremely positive effect on the mind and body.
Regular use of padabang massage promotes healthy growth in children, allows adults to conserve energy and strength and helps prevent the onset of degenerative problems in the elderly or in the stressful professions.
In short, if you want to rejuvenate and enhance your health, padabang massage is the recommended therapy for you, but make sure you get it from an experienced practitioner. In other words, do not leave your health in the hands of people who do not know what they are doing.
Side effects of padabang
So far, no side effects of padabang therapeutic massage have been observed or reported, as is usually the case with conventional medicine therapies.
Do not forget that:
- Padabanga is also part of Sarva-Abhyanga (full body oil massage).
- Foot massage can be done at any time of day and also every day without a problem, which is even preferable.
- Most effective when done in the late evening or at bedtime
- However, massage should not be done when you have a fever or a cold.
‘Pada’ in Sanskrit means ‘foot’ and ‘abhyanga’ means ‘massage with the use of oils’. Together, these two words mean a foot massage. Padabanga is an ayurvedic therapy that looks at the feet as the focal point of all the energies that connect our body to the earth. Just the way the roots of a tree connect the stem, branches and leaves to the mother earth. Nourishing the root gives good fruit, Similarly nourished through padabang massage provides a wonderful state of mind and body.