Kaya Seka or SarvangaDhara or Pizhichil is a special treatment procedure followed by traditional vaidyas (physicians) of Kerala. The word Pizhichil in Malayalam language literally means “squeezing”. Here the whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. This Ayurveda’s Royal Treatment is famously called as the “treatment for aristocrats”, because the treatment was especially offered to the kings in ancient times.
In this treatment, the cloths measuring about 1.5 square feet are soaked in warm medicated oil and then squeezed on to the person’s body from a height of 20 to 24 cms, so that oil flows in a continuous single stream along the thumb, in a downward direction. The pieces of cloth are periodically soaked in a vessel containing warm oil. Gentle massage is given following the path of the oil stream. Two to four trained therapists under the supervision of a physician perform the treatment. The patient should be made to adopt the seven standard positions, so that no area of the body is left uncovered. After the completion of the procedure, the person is made to take rest, by covering the body with a thick blanket for 30 minutes, before taking a bath in hot water.
Duration of the treatment: 45 minutes to 90 minutes
The continuous flow of warm oil over the body influences the health of the srotas—(the channels )of prana, digestion and elimination, and the functioning of the mind. Kaya Seka increases the blood circulation, nourishes muscles. It also helps deal with various skin conditions and diabetes neuropathy.
It is very effective in the following conditions: