Kaya Seka or SarvangaDhara or Pizhichil is a special treatment procedure followed by traditional vaidyas (physicians) of Kerala. The word Pizhichil in the 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 specially 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 onto the person’s body from a height of 8-12 angulas. 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 for 10 minutes, before taking a bath in hot water.