Skip to main content

Principle of Dosha in Ayurvedic Massage

Learn about the doshas from massage therapist Lara Narayani Golland in this Howcast video about Ayurvedic body massage techniques.


The principal of dosha is rooted in understanding the unique element combinations in the body. For ayurvedic massage, we like to understand people's doshas and the dosha elements in order to provide a session and treatment that matches the needs that are unique to the client.

Doshas, many people of heard of, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, are made up of different elements. These elements are in everybody in the form of our blood, our metabolism, our functioning of our brain, really the functioning of our whole body. Vata is the element of air and either. Pitta is fire and water, but mostly fire. Kapha is earth and water, and mostly earth.

People with a Kapha constitution are going to be a little more earthy, a little more lethargic, often a little heavy. For ayurvedic massage, we do stimulating treatments using herbs and pressures and techniques that help energize the Kapha person.

Pitta. Pitta people are stronger, more physical, very mental. And, as Pitta rules digestion, they usually have a strong metabolism. For Pitta people, we do techniques in massage that are calming and that are grounding, as well as cooling.

Vata. Vata is the wind and air element in the body. Uniquely, Vata people are often tall and thin. Vata in the body is the space in the organs, the space in between things in our body. And so, Vata is wind. Most people who have high Vata need to be calmed, so massage is good for anyone who has high Vata. Vata is usually treated first. It's the dosha that goes out of balance first, and so if Vata is happy, the other doshas usually follow. Ayurvedic massage, using warm oil, and using appropriate pressure is effective for calming and pacifying Vata dosha.

Popular Categories