In Ayurveda, Weight Loss is achieved by scrub massages and this procedure is called Udvartnam. The scrub massage produces different effects on body based on the type of rubbing and the paste used in rubbing.
Here different oils and powders are mixed together to form a paste and rubbed all over the body. These herbal powders and oils exfoliate and enhance the complexion and glow of the skin and are highly rejuvenating;
a treatment where only powders which are dry and rough in nature are rubbed all over the body to induce the same qualities and remove the excess water and earth element (KAPHA). It is mostly used in obesity and diabetic cases.
How does Udvartana work?
According to Ayurveda, being overweight involves an inherent excess in kapha dosha. While kapha may not be the only factor at play in your struggle with excess weight, it is certainly an important player
In the treatment of Udvartana, we use herbal powders (in form of oils or dry powders) that are dry and rough in nature and hot in potency.
The oil taken for Udvartana is sesame-based, which is hot in potency and is infused with herbs which create lightness, dryness, roughness, remove the blockages and stiffness, and also have a ‘cutting or liquefying action’ on the fat tissue. This oil also takes care that the skin does not become dry superficially and remains soft and supple after the treatment.
This herbal paste (powders and oils) when rubbed on the body in a specific manner creates friction, which open the pores, remove blockages in vessels, increase the heat in the tissues and percolates inside to stimulate fat metabolism.
Once the paste is rubbed on the body and the massage is over, the guest is asked to sit in a herbal steam chamber where the head of the guest remains outside the steam chamber, so that he or she can stay in for a longer time. Over here a lot of excess water is lost from the body. Also as the pores open the herbal oil mixed with the paste percolates deeper into the skin inducing its fat liquefying properties and doing its work as mentioned above.
If used as a beautification treatment a different set of herbs is used as oils and powders which are extremely rejuvenating for the skin.
Caution in Therapy:
As compared to Abhyangam (Ayurvedic full body massage - explained in a previous article), this treatment will require more pressure and speed.
Itching sensation may happen during rubbing movements.