KANSA VATKI FOOT MASSAGE
Ayurvedic foot massage can be traced back 5,000 years. It offers many benefits: it nourishes the skin, improves blood and lymph circulation and soothes the agitated mind. It relaxes the muscles of the feet and the legs and it can also help to alleviate stress, including anxiety, nervousness and depression.
According to Dr Vasant Lad, we can reduce stress, activate our immune system and even heal our body, mind and consciousness through the simple act of foot massage. Dr Lad postulates that the soles of our feet can open the doors of our body’s internal pharmacy. The foot is divided into different zones, which are linked to an element.
■ The heel is associated with Earth element
■ The arch of the foot with Water.
■ The ball of the foot with Fire.
■ The toes with Air.
■ The tips of the toes with Ether. In the Ayurvedic tradition, foot massage is said to balance the bodily humors, or doshas — vata, pitta and kapha.
On a biological level, says Lad, “Vata is the principle of movement, governing the body’s sensory and motor function; pitta is bodily temperature and governs biochemical changes, digestion, absorption, assimilation and the transformation of food into energy; and kapha is the building material of the body, used to form new tissues and cells.”