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How to Give a Four-Handed Ayurvedic Massage with Warm Oil

Learn how to give a 4-handed massage from massage therapist Lara Narayani Golland in this Howcast video about Ayurvedic body massage techniques.


Four handed massage is the traditional Ayurvdeic warm oil massage that's done in panchakarma treatments. Panchakarma is talked about in another video, but for the purpose of this video, we're going to do a demonstration to show how four handed massage is done on the body. So, I have my assistant Amora, and we will both being using sesame oil warmth. First we'll apply the oil, same time. Hand me the bottle I need to go for extra. And then, Amora will follow through, keeping contact with the body on both sides. Then, in front of the mirror, we'll do the same strokes. So, when doing four handed, there's one person who leads, and there's one person who's following the leader. In that way, there is a consistency felt and experienced by the client. Polarity is a traditional treatment that is used in modern day massage. It's used in spas. It's used in many environments. Traditionally polarities are Ayurvedic and it's based on balancing the masculine and feminine energy in the body, the positive and the negative pulls in the body. So when we do four handed, we have a great opportunity to balance and support that for the client by using two people and four hands. So when we do the hands on, along the center, we do a holding, it's a basic polarity.

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