Padabhyagam is Ayurvedic foot massage (Pada=foot and Abhyangam=massage) which is soothing, revitalizing, calming and balancing various disturbances of the autonomic nervous system. It is basically explained as a daily ritual especially before retiring at night. Ayurveda says that five Marmas (vital areas) out of 107 Marmas are located in each foot. The feet are very important part in our body as it contains many nerve endings. Padabhyagam releases negative energy from these Marmas. Sesame oil is most commonly used for foot massage. Sesame oil is a powerful antioxidant, is easily absorbed and is very nourishing for the skin. Depending on the condition of the person medicated oil or medicated ghee can also be used.
The person is asked to lie down on back. Warm Sesame oil or medicated oil is applied to the feet and lower extremity. Rhythmic firm strokes are applied on each foot. Pressure points are pressed at the end of massage.
- Helps to calm the mind.
- Relaxes and revitalizes the central nervous system.
- Helps maintain eyesight and hearing.
- Promotes quality sleep.
- Improves peripheral circulation.
- Removes fatigue of the lower limbs.
- Helps prevent sciatica.
- Removes contraction of the ligaments, vessels and muscles of the feet.
- Provides sturdiness to the limbs.
- Helps to calm and maintain the "Vata Dosha" which, when present in excess, is regarded as the major cause of illness.
- Diabetic neuropathy.
- Hemiplegia and paraplegia.
- Sprains, cramps, numbness of the feet and legs.
- Roughness and cracking of feet.
Duration: 30 minutes