Pizhichil is a combination of oil massage and heat treatment. This therapy was mostly used by Kings in the olden days, and popularly known as treatment for aristocrats. A gentle, synchronized massage of up and down is carried out on all parts of the body other than the head are subjected to this treatment. The patient should lay on the treatment table and trained therapists perform the massage under the supervision of a physician. This treatment is administered in seven standard positions, so that no area of the body is left uncovered. The treatment starts with an Abhyangam and followed by pizhichil. The cloth dipped in lukewarm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body uniformly and then the oil rubbed smoothly over the body of the patient by masseurs on either side. The session may take 90 minute including continuous oil pouring over the body, then rubbing and stimulating the skin using hands and special cotton cloths. Special caution has to be taken for the patient’s head should not get sweat during the treatment.
This therapy help rejuvenate the body, but it also helps soothe your mind and relieve stress, It helps improve blood circulation in your body, because of the warmth and stimulation during the massage. Pizhichil causes profound sweating which helps eliminate toxins from your body, helping you detox. Treatment is very good for sexual disorders; the massage also helps keep your skin healthy and glowing, reduces stress and anxiety the treatment helps release tension, stress and calms your mind. What’s more, this treatment also helps beat depression and irritability. Pizhichil helps improve your overall physical and mental health and ensure you stay fit and healthy.
After a while, the patient is once again given a soothing massage. The whole body and the head should be given massage with herbal oil. After pizhichil treatment, the person should be allowed to relax for a while. The body should not be immediately exposed to cold or cold measures.
- Regulating blood pressure
- Relieving body pains
- Treating rheumatic diseases
- Alleviating arthritic symptoms
- Overcoming paralysis
- Curing sexual weakness
- Reducing neurological disorders
- Keeping skin young
- Preventing aging