We had assumed that the potli massage was yet another kind of service offered by spas only. Little did we know that this age-old technique is instrumental in helping alleviate the pain that comes with illnesses such as osteoarthritis and spondylitis among others. No wonder then that this therapy is hugely recommended for women once they cross their 30s when they have higher chances of facing bone-related concerns. If you’re curious, here’s a quick go-to guide on the potli massage therapy.
What is <em>potli </em>massage therapy?
 

What is potli massage therapy?

One of the most popular massage therapies practiced in India, potlis have been used in South East Asia, especially in Thailand, as a natural remedy for centuries. Potli massage therapy is done using heated herbal pouches also known as potlis (or poultice) that are used to rejuvenate, relax and nourish the affected area. When these potlis are placed on the body, they have a therapeutic effect. Well, aren’t we all looking for that massage that heals our pain as well as leaves us feeling refreshed?

What do they contain?
 

What do they contain?

Ayurveda is known to be one of the oldest medicinal traditions in India and potli massage therapy finds its roots in this science. Potlis contain a selection of Ayurvedic herbs, both, fresh and dried, that are carefully chosen based on your Ayurvedic constitution and the issue that you’re being treated for. They are then packed into a muslin cloth and dipped in warm medicated oil (for a wet massage) or sand or some herbal powder (for a dry massage) and then massaged onto specific pressure points that help in healing the body. They also help stimulate blood circulation which promotes faster recovery and healthy skin as well.

How does it work?
 

How does it work?

Potli massages work on an age-old philosophy which is based on the confluence of the elements of fire and water combined with specific herbs. When the heated potli is massaged on the body, it opens the pores and relaxes the muscles, allowing the carefully selected herbs to work on the body and mind, the latter being the reason why it is thought of as being very relaxing.

What is it used for?
 

What is it used for?

The potli massage is often recommended for illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, frozen shoulders, osteoarthritis and so on. The content of the potli is specific to the illness and the person’s body and is hence it is best that one visits an ayurvedic practitioner or therapist to decide on which one suits your requirement. The treatment helps to relieve pain and inflammation, improve blood circulation and flexibility.

What are the kind of herbs used?
 

What are the kind of herbs used?

Ashwagandha is used to relax tensed muscles and help reduce stress.

Mustard and neem are used to give the skin and body a much needed detox.

Turmeric and ginger are used to revitalise and purify the body.

Rosemary and rice improve blood circulation and ease tension in the muscles.

Aloe vera and onion are used to reduce inflammation.

All of the above herbs can be used singularly or as a combination with other wet or dry herbs as deemed fit by your expert.

Where can you get it?
 

Where can you get it?

Mumbai: Birla Kerala Vaidyashala; www.birlakeralavaidyashala.com

Delhi: Srivaidya Kerala Ayurveda Polyclinic; www.srivaidya.com

Bengaluru: Ayurvedagram; www.ayurvedagram.com

Kolkata: Vedic Village; www.thevedicvillage.com