Specially selected herbs and spices are compressed into small linen bags, formed into round bundles and then dipped in hot, medicated oil. The bundles are then applied to the body or afflicted area using a variety of styles - kneading, patting and sliding.
Also know as Pinda Sweda in Sanskrit - sweda meaning 'to sweat' - this heating therapy is employed to relieve many problems including; arthritis, arthritis with inflammation, spondylosis, muscle pains, injuries sustained during sports or accidents, sciatica. It eases pain, reduces swelling, nourishes the body and improves blood circulation.
In addition to the heat relief, the active nutrients from the herbs seep through the bag and penetrate deep into the body to result in a highly therapeutic treatment.
For ideal results, this treatment must be performed regularly and can be combined with Abhyanga - full body massage. Full body Kizhi is performed by two therapists (4 hands) and is followed by shower.
Benefits of Kizhi: Herbal hot bag massage
- Relieves pain, numbness and swelling
- Improves the strength of the muscles
- Improves peripheral blood supply
- Stimulates the nerve endings
- Highly effective for sports injuries
- Improves skin complexion
- Rejuvenates the body
- Good pain reliever in conditions like slipped disc, sciatica, etc