Ayurveda Massage is based on the diagnosis of constitution, age, type of disease, season and the predominance of doshas. A dosha is one of three bodily humors that make up one's constitution - these are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. For a Vata constitution it is advisable to use sesame oil or almond oil; for a Pitta constitution, use of coconut and sandalwood oil is advisable. Kapha constitution people require a dry massage. This can be done with the powders of chickpea, horsegram or dry and hot herbal powders like calamus. Similarly hot oils like mustard can be used in small quantities for Kapha people.
This answer was provided by: Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center