Abhyanga In this therapy, herbal oils are gently massaged into the body with specialized strokes and Marma point pressure. This is not the regular type of massage! It is deeply relaxing, nurturing and nourishing, and very rejuvenating to all the tissues of the body. The herbal medicated oil is used according to the body types and it helps to create balance both at the physical and mental levels. It calms the nervous system and rejuvenates the whole body. Abhyanga is usually followed by swedana or herbal steam therapy or fomentation therapy.
Herbal Steam Therapy A specific herbal decoction is used in this therapy. This is traditionally used after Abhyanga or any other oil massage to further detoxify the body. The application of heat counteracts the cold qualities of Vata and Kapha, reduces the body's stiffness and heaviness, as well as the slow, heavy, sticky qualities of toxins. Duration: 50 minutes Sweda (steam) 10 minutes.
Marma Abhyanga :
Marmas are intersections of the vital life force and Prana, or breath. Marma massage involves full body soft flowing massage with warm herbal oil and stimulating the vital energy points on the body. It removes blockages in the flow of prana, revitalizes energy giving physical and psychological relaxation and strength. Duration: 60 minutes Sweda (steam) 10 minutes.
Shirobhyanga (Ayurveda head massage) :
This massage involves herbal oils with specialized gentle deep strokes and pressure on various Marma points over the head. This includes entire head, neck and shoulder massage. Herbal oils used in this massage balance Doshas. The massage helps to improve the function of the five senses and nervous system. It improves blood circulation and helps detoxification. It reduces stress and depression and helps with sleeplessness and anxiety. Helps in relieving musculoskeletal tension. Gives deep relaxation and feeling of rejuvenation. It is done in combination with head herbal steam therapy and Ayurveda foot massage. Duration: 20 minutes
Mukha Abhyanga (Ayurvedic facial massage) :
The classical method of facial massage is done by using herbalized creams/oils individualized according to body type. The massage component focuses on the Marma points of the face, neck, and shoulders which re-invigorates the tissues and refreshes the senses. It combines with facial herbal steam therapy and application of herbal face mask according to body type and skin type. This is a relaxing and revitalizing therapy that improves tone and luster of skin. Facial massage when done with head massage gives excellent results. Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 30 minutes
Padabhyanga (Ayurveda foot massage) :
It is both a relaxing and stimulating massage technique which treats the legs and feet from the knee joints down. The entire body, including the internal organs, can be accessed via the nerve endings on the feet. Padabhyanga is gentle and sensitive foot massage with herbal oil or ghee using predominantly soft circular motions and stroking considering Marma points in that area. Padabhyanga is extremely calming and aids healthy sleep patterns. It has very positive effect on the eyes. It can be used to alleviate stressful situations and produces a sense of well-being over the entire body. Duration: 20 minutes
Deep and dry massage with herbal powder and paste Udvarthanam is a massage that is known for having a stimulating effect on the subcutaneous tissues or fat. This massage breaks down cellulite and the layers of subcutaneous fat. This therapy is good for problems of obesity, high cholesterol, joint stiffness, and problems of skin. It strengthens muscles and also refreshes the body. Duration: 45 minutes
Shirodhara is a rhythmic flow of warm medicated milk/decoction/oil on the forehead. This treatment is profoundly relaxing and nourishing. It improves mental clarity and comprehension and is useful in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, memory loss, hormonal imbalance, headaches, certain skin diseases, and stress related disorders. The benefits of shirodhara are greatly enhanced after a massage or Abhyanga, when the body is already relaxed and in a receptive state.
Kati Basti (Low back therapy) :
This is a specialized therapy for relieving and nourishing the lower back using herbal oils or ghee. After a gentle oleating massage on the lower back, specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lumbo sacral area and retained inside a dam made out of dough. This treatment considerably increases the circulation in the region. The herbal oil gets deeply absorbed into the skin, and nourishes and strengthens the bones, muscles, and nerves. It pacifies Vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility. Indicated for lower back pain, stiffness, herniated disc, disc prolapse, and degenerative problems. Duration: 30 minutes
Like Katibasti, a wall is prepared but on the knee joint. Special medicated oil is kept in this wall to cure pain in knee joint. It effectively treats osteoarthritis of the knee joints and prevents further articular damage. Duration: 30 minutes
Greeva Basti :
In Greeva Basti, medicated oil is used to bathe the cervical region at the back of neck. The process is simi¬lar to Kati Basti. This treatment helps to treat cervical Spondylitis, relieves chronic pain and stiffness in the neck region and strengthens the neck muscles, thereby facilitating proper mobility. Duration: 30 minutes
Nabhi marma / Third chakra basti :
In Nabhi marma basti, the warm medicated oil or herbal decoction is poured and made to retain over the naval region, solar plexus. It is also the site of the third chakra – Manipura chakra. The solar plexus controls many vital functions such as digestion, metabolism, adrenal secretion, and functions of spleen, liver, pancreas and intestines. Stimulation of the third chakra or manipura chakra helps to maintain emotional balance, love, and self esteem. Duration: 30 minutes
Hridaya basti :
Hridaya basti is the treatment where specially prepared warm medicated oil (Dhanwantharm oil) is poured over the chest wall in a container of black gram dough built around the chest area and retained inside for 30 to 45 minutes. This form of external basti particularly benefits muscle and rigidity of the chest wall and strengthens the bone tissue in that area. Also strengthens heart muscles. This is an effective treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems such as bronchieactasis, and muscular chest pain. Duration: 30 minutes
Elakizhi (Patra Pinda Sweda) :
It is a leaf poultice massage, in which fresh eranda leaves are fried with other herbal ingredients, tied into boluses, dipped into warm medicated oil and applied over the whole body or affected body part. The herbal bags are padded all over the body thus draining toxins and giving wonderful relief to muscular tension. It can also be applied after Abhyanga / oil massage. Indication: Chronic back pain, joint stiffness, muscular pain, sciatica, spondylosis, sprain, cramps, anti-aging and rejuvenation. Duration: 30 minutes
This treatment includes a special Panchkarma technique where boluses of special variety of rice (shashtishali) cooked in milk and herbal decoctions are massaged. It is beneficial for curing disorders of muscles like muscular dystrophies, atrophies, motor neuron diseases, hemiplegia and the nervous system. Duration: 30 minutes
Pizhichil is a special form of Ayurvedic treatment that combines rich oil massage with a special heat treatment. During this indulgent treatment, few litres of medicated and warmed Ayurvedic oil is continuously poured over the body while two practitioners rub and stimulate the skin using hands and special cotton cloths. The process is performed with the person both lying down and while sitting in a chair specially designed for the purpose of applying medicated oils. This is a highly rejuvenating treatment that enhances muscular tone, retunes the entire nervous system, rejuvenates the skin, promotes relaxation, and inner balance. Recommended for: extremely high Vata dosha types, muscular aches and pains, rheumatic problems, osteoarthritis, insomnia, depression. Duration: 30 minutes