The art of foot massage – an introduction to Pada abhyanga

Ayurvedic foot massage Pada abhyanga – what does it mean?

The word Pada abhyanga derives from the combinations of two Sanskrit words „pada” which stands for feet and „abhyanga”  for massage. Therefore, „Pada abhyanga” involves in the systematic application of warm, herbal-infused oils to the feet and lower legs together with the stimulation of Marma points (energy points located on our body).  This ancient Ayurvedic practice has been used in Ayurveda not only to nourish the feet but also to promote overall well-being as Ayurveda, recognizes the feet as a microcosm of the entire body, with energy channels and vital points connected to various organs and systems.

How does Pada abhyanga foot massage improve health and well-being?

„Pada abhyanga” is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that focuses on massaging the feet and the Marma points or energetic points of the body. Regular foot massage „Pada abhyangacan help increase awareness of the body and its needs, which promotes overall health and well-being.


  1. Improves circulation,
  2. Muscle relaxation and relief from fatigue,
  3. Capacity to balance the body energy and function of vital organs,
  4. Improves sleep quality,
  5. Stress release.


Similar to any other therapeutic approach „Pada abhyanga” comes with specific contraindications, such as:

  1. Recent foot injury,
  2. Fungal infections and contagious skin diseases,
  3. Pregnancy,
  4. During menstrual cycle,
  5. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Pada Abhyanga: healing the body through the ancient art of foot massage and Marma points

In conclusion, foot massage Pada abhyangastands out as a beneficial health-promoting massage technique that can seamlessly integrate into our daily routines. We highly recommend incorporating a daily feet massage at home, particularly before bedtime, or indulging in a series of sessions at a professional Ayurveda massage center. Your body and mind will thank you for introducing good habits that will allow you to live each day with a brighter mind and a lighter spirit.

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The text was prepared by Dr. Dhananji

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