Pizhichil – The treatment for kings.
The word Pizhichil means ‘to squeeze’. During Pizhichil, oil is squeezed from a cloth dipped in warm medicated oil on the whole body and hence the name. Pizhichil, also known as kayaseka, forms a part of Purvakarma in the Panchakarma therapy. It is an Ayurvedic whole body therapy using lukewarm medicated oil and accompanied with co-ordinate massage therapy. It rejuvenates the nervous and muscular system of the body and stimulates blood circulation. Pizhichil therapy is an ideal combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments – Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). Oleation is the oil therapy and is subdivided as external oleation and internal oleation. Sudation is the heat therapy. The combination of snehana and swedana combines the goodness of both oils and heat. In ancient times it was only prescribed to aristocracy and hence referred to as the treatments for kings.
In this treatment, the whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. Copious amount of medicated oil (almost 3 liters) is used for this treatment. The oil or the medicated oil as prescribed is warmed and kept in two or three bowls depending on the number of masseurs. Usually, there are two masseurs present on both the sides. Cloth dipped in lukewarm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body and gently massaged all over.
Pizhichil therapy protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthier life. From relaxation and health point of view, it helps in relieving anxiety, combating depression, regulating blood pressure and relieving body pains. It is especially beneficial for ailments like rheumatic diseases, alleviating arthritic symptoms, overcoming paralysis, curing sexual weakness and reducing neurological disorders. From a beautification perspective, it is excellent for keeping skin young and also prevents aging.
Duration: 60 minutes