Padabhyanga is an Indian term that means foot massage. It is part of an ancient health practice called Ayurveda, a complimentary form of medicine that aims to balance three elements (doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha) for overall wellbeing and health. Padabhyanga is said to have many health benefits including the ability to restore energy and vitality, reduce stress, maintain eyesight and hearing, cure headaches, relax physiology, increase circulation, heal pain and help certain diseases.
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Ayurvedic foot massages usually consist of aromatic and herbal oils (sesame oil being the most common) and gentle but firm massaging motions meant to balance the doshas and restore fluid transport in body channels called srotas.