Prana Padabhyanga

Indian Foot Massage

The human foot is truly a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. These ‘organs of action’, as they are referred to in the Vedas, are the body’s foundation, supporting our weight and allowing us to navigate our environment.

Many spiritual traditions believe that the state of the body and soul are reflected in the soles of the feet. Even according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, ‘your feet mirror your general health … Arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet.’ As Ayurvedic expert Dr Vasant Lad writes, Indian foot massage ‘reduces stress, activates our immune system and even heals our body, mind and consciousness’.

As such, in Prana Padabhyanga, we honour your feet and lower limbs, taking our cue from time-honoured Ayurvedic practices. We begin by cleansing the feet and legs in readiness for this luxuriant and therapeutic massage of the toes, feet, ankles and calves. Ayurvedic oils help relax tired feet, improve joint mobility and stimulate blood flow, while the application of certain metals deepens the therapeutic effect. Copper reduces pain and inflammation, zinc improves digestive and immune function, and tin supports digestion and relieves headaches and insomnia.

If you spend a lot of time on your feet, Prana Padabhyanga is for you. Not only a modern-day indulgence, it is a therapeutic treatment steeped in tradition that supports the health and recuperative potential of your body.

Diseases do not go near those who massage their feet before sleeping, just as snakes do not approach eagles. Harish Johari