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How to Massage the Back of the Legs using Ayurvedic Massage

Learn how to massage the back of the legs using Ayurvedic body massage techniques from massage therapist Lara Narayani Golland in this Howcast video.


So working on the legs using warm oil I will pour some of the oil into my hand. How's that temperature? Is that okay? Pour it on the legs. And then return the oil. And go right into applying long, flowing stroke. And then begin doing squeezing techniques. Make sure as with doing all the massage in Abhyanga and Ayurvedic massage that you're using good body mechanics. Bending your knees. Breathing into your belly. And using your body weight to pressure that feels good for your client. Pressure's okay? She said perfect.

Doing the twisting stroke is really good for getting the oil into the legs over the calf muscles. And it's done in a more brisk way than some of the other strokes in order to support the skin in receiving the oil which is one of the main purposes of Ayurvedic massage. Abhyanga. I like what I call the Upside-Down U. And I go up and then down in an upside-down U and then go back. Up, up, and then return back. This is working on the energy lines because in Ayurvedic massage, we're looking not just at the physical body, but the energy flows in the body. So doing strokes in this direction helps to support proper flow of energy in the body and in the energy field.

Another thing that we do is we do circles around the joints. So I'm going to do some hip circles here. Then come down. And then I would do the same on the other leg as well.

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