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In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.
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What is a Mukabhyanga massage?
In a Mukabhyanga massage, body-warm oil is slowly spread over the head, including the face and neck, in different pours and massaged in with gentle stroking movements. Mukabhyanga is a relaxing massage of the head, face and neck. It is a sub-form of the Abhyanga massage, which is basically done with a lot of oil and circular movements. A special role is played by the Marma points, which as energy points have an important influence on the harmonization of the energy flow in the body. Mukabhyanga is a soothing massage in which the sensitive nerves under the facial skin and scalp are gently stimulated.
How does a Mukabhyanga work?
With the Mukabhyanga you only have to undress the upper body. The area below the breastbone is covered with a towel during the application. As a rule, a cooling oil is used for the mukabhyanga. In small sections the two halves of the head are massaged synchronously. Usually the forehead, the face, the head and finally the neck are treated carefully starting from the ears. The two eye sockets and the so-called tilaka - the central point of the forehead - receive special attention. Rotating movements are used, which are perceived as pleasant. In the area of the neck, additional pressing grips are used, which, similar to acupressure, can be held longer under certain circumstances.
Vaidya Upula Samarakoon (born 1964) comes from Sri Lanka and is a traditionally trained Ayurveda specialist. In parallel to her five-year study of Ayurvedic medicine, she completed a two-year training in acupuncture.