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External Therapies

External Therapies

Every treatment at Back to Roots is unique to you. Based upon individual body constitution, natural oils & herbs are used, which will stimulate the lymphatic system. This assists in the flow of nutrients in body and removes toxins. It prevents aging and has a rejuvenating effect. It induces sleep, improves complexion and strength and prolongs the health span. 


Siro Abhyangam                                                                                                              

A gloriously relaxing yet invigorating experience. Let our therapist iron out the stress and strains of life as he / she treats the scalp – one of the main tension holding sites of the body with or without Ayurveda oils in the traditional Indian style.


Pada Abhyangam                                                                                                            

Our legs and feet frequently get ignored and small twinges and discomforts often go unheeded. This therapy provides the means to ease these tensions and revitalize this weight-bearing part of the body.



This is the essential Kerala massage to improve overall well being of a person. Experts massage on the head and body with luke warm Ayurvedic oil specific to the current season and constitution of a person. Regular Abhyanga enhances proper blood circulation, increases immunity, enhances the functions of sense organs, improves complexion, prevents early degeneration and relaxes mind. This traditional oil therapy is also good for patients suffering from ailments such as rheumatism, paralysis, headache, muscular problems, nervous weakness, back pain etc. An herbal drink - Gandharva hasthadi kashayam is given as a traditional protocol before therapy.


Marma Massage                                                                             

Deep tissue therapy – the therapist applies pressure with the fingers, thumb or palm at certain points (marma) having high concentration of life energy. Working on these vital points results in the stimulation of Prana and innate human dynamism, and helps in recovery from injury or in the cure of a disease.


Abhyanga with Kizhi                                                                     

This therapy is done with warm herbal bags after an oil therapy for the full body or a body part with Ayurvedic oils. This is very good for relieving spasm and stiffness of muscles, lubricating the joints, strengthening the spinal muscles and relieving joint pain especially backache. This therapy enhances peripheral blood circulation, cleanses the channels of circulation and detoxify. Indicated in the imbalance of Vata diseases like, Arthritis, Neurological problems, Muscular pains, Paralysis etc. The effect of Pinda Swedam varies according to the ingredients of the poultices. The common types are:

  • Elakkizhi: Ingredients - Fresh leaves, Coconut, lemon, Rock salt, Garlic               
  • Podikkizhi: Ingredients - Herbal powders, Lemon, Oil
  • Navarakkizhi: Ingredients - Navara rice, milk
  • Narangakkizhi: Ingredients – Lemon, Satakuppa, Mustard seeds


Kadi / Greeva / Janu / Uro - Vasthy                                          

Luke warm oil is allowed to stay on the low back or Neck or knee for 30 minutes in a dam made with dough. This relieves occupational tension build ups, stiffness, spasm, pains and aches. This is a very effective for Osteoarthritis of knees, sciatic pains, costo-chondritis, muscular sprains and spondylosis.


Thaila Dhara                                                                                        

This unique therapy of Kerala, in which a steady stream of luke warm medicated oil flows on the forehead in a specific pattern. A body therapy is included in the process. Using different oils, Thaila Dhara is very effective for a multitude of problems like stress & anxiety, sleep disturbance, migraine, hair problems, neurological problems and skin diseases.


Thakra Dhara                                                                                      

A downy stream of medicated buttermilk is poured onto the forehead to dissolve stress and tension. Indicated in hair problems and skin problems and psoriasis in particular.



This is a therapy in which the body is made to perspire by continuously pouring luke warm herbal oils in a specific pattern followed by a gentle therapy. This treatment is given for general weakness, arthritis, paralysis etc. Oil bath is also carried out for healthy individuals as a revitalizing process.



It’s a rubdown with herbal powder; unlike other therapies, the strokes are done upwards and against the hair follicles. This Vata & Kapha balancing treatment is effective in cases of obesity, skin conditions and musculo-skeletal problems.



Massage with special herbal powder preceded by an oil therapy. This therapy exfoliates like a scrub, breaks cellulite, depletes fat, strengthens the muscles, removes impurities, dead skin cells and stimulates circulation. This prepares the body for further oil treatments in a revitalization program. The therapy strokes are done upwards and against the hair follicles.


Dhanyamla Dhara                                                                             

Fermented medicated liquid having sharp and hot potency is poured over the body as a gentle stream using tailed brass vessels, along with gentle massage. Indicated in Obesity, especially for inch loss; also relieves pains & aches.



A long chef’s cap is fixed on the head in which medicated luke warm oil is retained for a definite time for approx. 30 minutes. This treatment is for visual problems, memory ailments, sleep disturbances, headache, and Parkinson’s disease.


Thala Pothichil                                                                                  

A special paste made out of Amla and special roots is applied on the head after a gentle head therapy. Very effective for cooling, calming and soothing the mind. It helps to improve memory, retain calmness and ensure restful sleep. Effective for dandruff and scalp psoriasis. 


Ksheera Dhooma                                                                                            

This is fomentation with medicated cow’s milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of face.



A thick layer of cotton soaked with warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area and the oil is replaced periodically to keep it warm. It is considered as an effective treatment for diseases of the cranial nerves and for degenerative, painful spinal problems.



This unique therapy refines, oxygenates, and increase cellular renewal around the eye area and gives a firmer and smoother appearance. Very effective for dark circles and crow’s feet. This is done with medical preparations for visual improvement and eye diseases.


Anjana & Aschyothanam                                                               

Ayurveda recommend daily use of a natural collyrium for the health and beauty of eyes. This includes putting herbal eye drops and an eye wash with herbal water. Reduces puffiness and disperses congestion.