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Ayurvedic treatment: What to expect in Njavarakizhi

Written by Editorial Team |Published : November 6, 2014 7:30 PM IST

Looking for a good body massage that will rejuvenate your senses and lighten your skin? Njavarakizhi is the one for you. It is a great therapy known for its amazing benefits. Known to be very helpful for people suffering from arthritis, paralysis, body weakness, lethargy, trauma and stress, this form of massage helps maintain good muscle tone, and relaxes the mind. Here is what you can expect if you are planning to opt for an Ayurvedic massage.

The Procedure

The procedure last for about 60 minutes. At first, your body will be preconditioned with the help of oil. After the oil is massaged all over your body, you will be allowed to lie down and relax for a while. As you relax, Njavara rice ( a type of rice) is cooked with milk and a few herbs. Often, the therapy uses herbs like mustard, deodar, sida or even ghee and milk for the preparation. It is used along with Njavara rice. Once cooked this mixture is put in cotton potlis or pouches and be used to massage your body. As you lie down, these pouches are gently pressed all over your body for about 30-40 minutes, approximately. The rice will then be applied on your body while it is warm, and be wiped off after a while. The technician will then apply another type of oil all over your body and you will be allowed to relax for the next 30 minutes. After this, you will be asked to take a warm shower.

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In order to make the treatment more effective and long lasting, other oral medicines can be taken. Some of them are known as Leyham and Kashayam.

Health benefits of Njavarakizhi

Here are some ways this form of Ayurvedic massage helps keep you healthy.

Keeps your skin healthy

The skin is the largest organ of your body and needs special care. A great way to improve the texture of your skin and to make it more bright and beautiful, you must try this special treatment. Originating in Kerala, this therapy is completely natural and doesn't come with any side effects.

Enhances tone and strengthens your muscles

Another major benefit you will be able to derive out of Njavarakizhi is muscle strength. If you are experiencing general body weakness because of age, then this therapy is surely worth trying.

Lowers cholesterol levels

High cholesterol is a common health condition seen these days. A smart way to take care of this problem is by changing your diet and trying the Njavarakizhi therapy. Due to its innate effect of inducing sweating, this therapy helps regulate proper blood circulation and lowers cholesterol levels.

Beats stress

If you have been stressed lately and need a little time to relax, this massage is perfect for you. Not only does Njavarakizhi help relax your body but it also allows your mind some rest. It calms the mind and helps beat all the ill-effects of stress.

Relieves symptoms of arthritis

Njavarakizhi also helps ease the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Apart from that getting regular Njavarakizhi treatments helps strengthen the muscles and therefore helps provide long term relief for people with arthritis.

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