It is a procedure in which the warm medicated oil is retained over the neck region using a special arrangement. The word ‘greeva’ refers to ‘neck’ and ‘basti’ refers to the ‘retention’.
The person undergoing GreevaBasti is made to lie face down on the massage table (Droni) The dough is prepared out of black gram flour or whole wheat flour. It is then made into a small ring of 2-3 angula height. After it is glued with some water to make it leakproof; lukewarm medicated oil or the decoction of herbs is slowly poured into it. When this cools down it is squeezed out and replaced with more warm one. At the end of the procedure, the dough is removed; a gentle massage is given over the area. The person is made to take rest for a while.