Pizhichil is a combination of oil massage and heat treatment. This therapy was largely used by maharajas in the olden days, and popularly called treatment for aristocrats.
A gentle, synchronised massage of up and down is carried out on all parts of the body apart from the head are subjected to this treatment. The patient should lay on the treatment table and two to four trained therapists perform the massage under the supervision of a physician. it’s administered in seven standard positions, so that no area of the body is left uncovered .
Here, cloth dipped in lukewarm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body uniformly then the oil rubbed smoothly over the body of the patient by masseurs on either side. The session might take one hour including continuous oil pouring over the body, then rubbing and stimulating the skin using hands and special cotton cloths. Special caution needs to be taken for the patient’s head should not get sweat throughout the treatment. A cloth is tied over the forehead of the therapy taker to prevent oil from getting into to the eyes.