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Ayurvedic Foot Massage

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system, meaning ‘science of life ‘the art of harmonious healthy living. Ayurveda explains that human beings, like the universe, are made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and space and focuses on the maintenance of physical, emotional and spiritual balance.

The marmas (vital energy points) are an important part of Ayurvedic anatomy. As with reflexology, these points correspond to internal organs and systems of the body and are worked on in all Ayurvedic treatments. There are 107 marma points, which form vital energy channels running throughout the body; some of these points are located on the legs and feet.

Ayurvedic foot massage is carried out with the use of a small three-metal bowl (vatki) or a wand, comprising a bowl with a handle attached. The metals used are copper, zinc and tin, and this sacred metal alloy (kansa) is known in Ayurveda as the ‘healing metal’. It is thought that copper may help in reducing pain and inflammation, zinc in aiding the digestive and immune systems, and tin in improving digestion and reducing headaches and insomnia.

What to expect

The treatment begins by cleansing the feet and legs. This is followed by specific moves to release tension in the feet and legs. Then, slowly and methodically, the entire feet and lower legs (toes, feet, ankles, calves and knees) are encouraged to relax through the application of massage techniques carried out with the aid of oil.

The treatment incorporates special moves performed using the kansa bowl or wand. 

Ayurvedic foot massage is a wonderfully relaxing holistic treatment that can help balance body, mind and spirit.

Spa Pedicure

Your pedicure will start with your feet being dipped in warm paraffin wax before being placed in heated booties which helps relaxation and encourages flexibility and to aid in hydration and conditioning. The warm paraffin wax eases stiffness in the joints and soothes and softens the skin.  

The therapist will then work on the first foot, keeping the other well wrapped and warm. All traces of old polish will be removed and then your nails cut with clippers and gently filed straight across. Shaping into the sides is not good as it encourages ingrown toenails as small slivers of nail could be left behind.

Patches of hard skin tend to build up in areas that get the most pressure such as the soles of the feet and the heels. This is easy to remove with an implement called a callous file or the therapist may massage the area with a cream especially made for the purpose.

Cuticles are the next areas to receive attention. Cuticle cream is first massaged in and then cuticle nippers are used to remove any ragged edges.

The therapist will then start to massage your feet with a cream or oil, which helps relaxation and encourages flexibility and to aid in hydration and conditioning.

To finish, the nails can be painted with a polish of your choice.

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