Ayurveda, the science of life, has brought true health and wellness to millions of individuals throughout the ages with simple changes in daily living practices. Incorporating just a few of these proven methods into your lifestyle can bring about radical changes in your life. This ancient art of healing has been practiced continuously for over 5,000 years. The principles of many natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practices restore the balance and harmony of the individual, resulting in self-healing, good health and longevity.
ABHYANGA (Ayurvedic Oil Massage)
PANCHAKARMA(five types of treatment)
ABHYANGA (Ayurvedic Oil Massage)
This is a gentle but firm whole body Ayurveda massage from head to toe using warm medicated oil. Oils are chosen by the Ayurveda expert according to the prakruti (psychosomatic constitution) and the illness. The Abhyanga massage uses herbal essences and choice ingredients specially put together for the individual patient by our Ayurveda expert after having diagnosed the individual body type.The ingredients for the Abhyanga body Massage are prepared together with soothing oils.
The massage is done in a soft rhythmic way with one or two persons massaging at the same time for forty five to sixty minutes. Ladies are treated by a female therapists; gentlemen by male therapists. After the massage a steam bath or hot shower is recommended by the Ayurveda Doctors.
Abhyanga massage is a deeply relaxing, rejuvenating experience as well as used as Ayurveda treatment in certain illness.A regular Abhyanga Ayurveda Massage protects from stress, anxiety, exhaustion and Vata disorder. Abhyanga Ayurveda Massage nourishes the body, extends the life span, provides good sleep, improves the skin texture, improves the vision and provides better physical stability.
This total Ayurveda body massage with herbal oils tones up your skin and rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues so as to achieve ideal health and longevity. Abhyanga Massage also increases primary vitality and there by increases the resistance of your body. In addition to being beneficial for your eyes. Abhyanga makes you have a sound sleep.
PANCHAKARMA(five types of treatment)
This five-fold purification therapy aims at correcting the imbalance of the body's Doshas or bio energies (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) in order to maintain their inherent equilibrium and Ama, which forms as a result..
Panchakarma therapy has three main stages :
1.Poorvakarma 2. Pradhanakarma 3. Paschatkarma
Poorvakarma, the first stage, comprises essential preliminary procedures for preparing the body to unload stored toxins. The treatments help to loosen Ama (toxins) and move it out to the deep structures into the gastro-intestinal tract, where Panchakarma's cleaning therapies can then eliminate it.
Pradhanakarma is the second stage and includes the main cleansing therapies.
Paschatkarma is the final stage and describes the measures employed after the main treatment, such as diet, medicines and daily routine.
Panchakarma (5 actions)
Basti—This Sanskrit word literally means “ bladder” or “bag” as in the urinary bladder of an animal. In ancient days animal bladders were used for the purpose of holding fluids. This term is symbolic of the technique which involves introducing fluids into the rectum—medicated enemas. The ancients have described many types of basti but there are two main categories—eliminative and uncting (herbalized decoctions and concoctions). Collectively, experts say they are 80% of the treatment of vata disorders. The model of Ayurveda holds that in the case of each governing principle, when it is too abundant in its source location, it tends to spread around the body and disrupt physiology. The lymphatics and circulatory system are the gross pathways for the movement of these factors. Interestingly, if we can empty out the primary site then the excess around the body will move back to its home site. The colon is the home of or the principle site of vata. If we can eliminate vata from the colon then we get rid of the gas, bloating and the many, many symptoms associated with vata in this organ and around the body. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis are a few of the serious manifestations of chronic vata imbalance. “Eliminating” vata from the colon involves many factors, however. For example, if digestion is weak then gas may form in the GI tract. If the colon is dry or sticky from toxicity (ama) then elimination might be sluggish—leading to gas-forming putrefaction of feces. The nervous system governs peristalsis and this may contribute to putrefaction or weak digestion through emotions, lifestyle and so on. So enemas have many targets and functions--cleansing, toning, lubricating, improving absorption, by the herbs being absorbed--balancing the nervous system and other parts of the physiology, even as treatment for areas far away as vata type asthma and headaches. The restoration of proper colon functions, such as elimination and absorption is crucial to health. Poor elimination, whether at the cell, the tissue, or in the GI tract is the root cause of disease. Please be aware that everyone is not necessarily a candidate for enema.
Virecana—This Sanskrit term, deals with elimination through purgation. Here that which is to be eliminated is excess pitta substances in the GI tract. As noted above these substances have many expressions but they are collectively considered to be hot and irritating. They produce many symptoms and signs including inflammations, ulceration, bleeding and even Multiple Sclerosis. So virecana, with such substances as castor oil, senna, pau d’arco, aloe, etc., causes the body to quickly eliminate pitta substances from their primary site-- stomach and small intestines. The substance chosen must consider existing conditions such as bleeding, diarrhea, constipation, and many others too numerable to list here.
Vamana—This word means therapeutic vomiting. Emetics are usually high in fire and air elements (according to panca mahabhautika siddhanta—5 element theory) although salt water and licorice tea are commonly used for this purpose. This is the treatment of choice for kapha imbalances. Those imbalances are characterized by excess fluid in the body and express as hypertension, obesity, asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes to name a few. We have noted in cases of kapha hypertension that vomiting can immediately reduce the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings by 10 & 5 points, respectively. This treatment, too, has numerous contraindications, too numerous to list here. And there are important complications, which might arise if not properly administered.
Raktamoksha—this term means “liberation of blood” as in bloodletting. The blood tissue is a favored site of pitta substances—blood is typically sour. And as we stated above pitta circulates through the body from the digestive tract via the blood or circulatory system. Traditionally, there are many ways to release blood including--venesection, leeches, animal horns (suction)--but in the US the best way is to just donate blood at your local blood bank. For many centuries in the West bloodletting was a main treatment for many diseases indicating “hot blood.” When the concept of blood as circulating tissue emerged then this technique fell into desuetude and even became medical heresy. Interestingly, the Ayurvedic clinicians of old relied upon this treatment for gout, cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, gangrene, and many other conditions. Even in the West this treatment with leeches has found its way back into several thousands of operations annually. Surgeons have discovered that accidental amputations have better chances of healing when leeches are employed. Old age and severe debility are important contraindications among many.
Nasya—This term relates to the nasal administration of substances. As in the above techniques, there are many forms and types—eliminative, nourishing, consolidating, palliative and so on. Herbalized liquids are common substances but smoke or other materials are used, too. Mostly, this technique aims to improve vata functioning in the head as this is a principle site of vata. But the other two governors of physiology—pitta and kapha—are also amenable to treatment with nasal administration. Commonly, people have congestion or post-nasal drip and related complications, which one would think of addressing through the nose. But equally as important is the fact that our olfactory nerve endings in the nasal cavities are exposed. They terminate in the limbic area of the brain, which is associated with our emotions. Thus it is that we can bring balance to our emotions and subsequently to our physiology by using nasya techniques. Tinitis, neck stiffness, headaches, insomnia, fear, worry and others are some of the indications for nasya. The very young should not do nasya.
A deep, dry massage using herbal powders to stimulate hair follicles and tissue in order to break down the subcutaneous, stored fat. Slimming of the body is the significant effect.
A vigorous massage, with a cloth bundle containing herbal powders. Induces profuse perspiration leading to relief of neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and sports injuries.
Massage with small linen bags filled with cooked Navara rice. This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the body for the stress and strain of a busy lifestyle.
A combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments: Snehana (oliation) and Swedana (sudation). Pizhichil is considered to be the most natural way to purify different body systems, to protect from illnesses and build up immunity for a healthy life.
Lukewarm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream on the forehead, while a gentle massage is simultaneously given, also on the forehead, for rejuvenating and revitalizing the body and mind. It relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory, and is known to have a curative effect on paralysis and other neurological malfunctions.
Medicated buttermilk (takra) is poured in a stream (dhara) on the forehead to calm and give relief from conditions like insomnia, depression and other stress related problems.
Medicated ghee made with black gram powder, is smeared on the eyes. This has a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes.
Retention of medicated oil / decoration in the mouth for several minutes. Lends a radiance to the face, improves lines and wrinkles, tones the skin and assists with any kind of mouth, voice or teeth disorders while cleansing the ear, nose and throat pathways.
Holding in the mouth and gargling with medicated oil/decoction. Is highly beneficial for ear, nose, throat disorders; improves the voice and brings a glow to the face.
An oil enema. The main seat of the Vata Doshi is Pakwashaya (large intestine), therefore Vasti is the main therapy for all Vata disorders such as constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism.
This therapy is usually taken after a course of Sneha Vasti. A cleansing enema of honey, oil and herbs leads to nourishment and rebuilding of the Dhatus (body tissues), strengthens their respective functioning, restores and fortifies the body's immune system.