Udwarthanam (Dry massage)

Udwarthanam is special therapeutic deep tissue massage using herbal powders.  Udwarthanam means to elevate or to promote. This massage involves upward stroking, where the powder is rubbed forcibly on the body. Classical treatises on Ayurveda explain this procedure as a daily routine.

The herbal powder is warmed by heating. The massage is done in the opposite direction to hair follicles by two therapists. The procedure is performed in seven postures.  After completion the person is advised to take rest for 30 minutes, followed by a shower with warm water.

Duration of treatment : 45 minutes to 60 minutes

Pacifies the aggravated Kapha dosha
Reduces the excess fat accumulated in the subcutaneous tissues
Softens and exfoliates dead skin cells, thereby giving a lustrous glow to skin
Detoxification, purification, toning the skin
Eliminates bad body odor
Improves mobility of joints
Strengthens  and tones up the muscles
Refreshes and rejuvenates the body
Takes care of conditions due to improper blood supply
Improves the circulation; opens up the body channels (Srotus) increasing the basal metabolic rate.
Tones up the skin and muscles after the child birth
Removes cellulite and helps in weight reduction
Improves the sense of touch
Makes the body and mind alert; gives a sense of lightness of the body
Reduces the blood cholesterol

Motor Neuron Disorders
Muscular dystrophy
Multiple sclerosis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Cerebral palsy
Skin diseases
Diabetes mellitus

Udwarthanam Kaphaharam Medasaha Pravilayanam I
Sthireekaranam Anganam Tvakprasadakaram Param II
Meaning: Udwartana pacifies kapha dosha; liquefies the fat; stabilizes the body parts; best to improve the complexion of the skin
(Ref: Ashtanga Sangraha)