Udvartana considered among the Samvahana therapies are slightly different from Abhyanga, Udvartana is a process in which massage is done with some pressure in an opposite sequence (pratiloma gati). Udvartana-Samvahana therapy is more or less similar to ‘Effleurage’. The word ‘Effleurage’ is derived from the French word ‘Effleurer’ which means ‘to touch lightly’.
Udvartana is of two types.
a) Snigdha Udvartana(with Oil and herb mix): indicated for lean and thin (krisha).
b) Ruksha Udvartana (with only dry herbal powder mix): indicated for obese deep stroking is applied in this procedure.
In a deep stroke, heavy pressure is transmitted to the deeper tissues to enhance venous circulation and lymphatic drainage. It has also a stretching effect on the superficial fascia that reduces congestion and nodular formation hence are vital to keep the body healthy as well as to fight against various diseases.
Udwarthanam, dry massage with powder of Triphala, the wonder fruit mixture and mung bean powder is an excellent nerve stimulant, promotes active blood flow, revitalizes and reconditions the body, generating energy flow in the body, helps in detoxification and nourishment of body tissues, activation of the skin natural metabolism and also the improvement of lymph flow.