Ayurveda, sanskrit for "knowledge of life," tends to the well-being of the whole person by caring for the body and mind via diet, lifestyle practices, and treatments. The procedures are designed to balance the proportion of natural elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space) found in each person over the course of the year's changing seasons and through the various stages of one's life. They are documented in the scriptures of ancient Himalayan culture, and have been in use effectively over the last 4,000 years in what is now India, Pakistan, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Ceylon.
A hallmark of Ayurvedic procedures are oil therapies because "Sneha is to the bodymind as love is to the soul." The body tissues soak up oils like a sponge in water, nourishing and building them, and carrying deep into the cells the properties of the herbs infused into it. The manner of applying the oils, the strokes and amount of pressure, helps keeps the flow of energies in the body and mind moving according to their proper natural order.
Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage
Abhyanga is the application of warmed oil to the entire body in gentle massage strokes to nourish the tissues, loosen toxins within the cells, and release tension through the loosening and lubricating of connective tissues. A series of customized daily abhyangas detoxifies the body as a thorough cleanse, resulting in stronger skin, sleeker fat, suppler muscles and a more flexibile mind. Plain and herbal vegetable oils are chosen for the appropriate purposes of each session.
60 minutes: $85 90 minutes: $110
Ayurvedic Shirodara Treatment
Is the continuous pouring of warm plain or herb-infused oil in a gentle, steady stream over the forehead and crown, lasting from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the condition of the recipient, who may remain fully clothed. Shirodhara soothes frayed nerves and quiets excess activity in the mind by re-directing scattered physical and mental energies back to the correct course of normal functioning. The result is a nearly unshakeable inner stillness and calm. Recommended for anxiety, insomnia or general de-stressing.
30 minutes:$70 60 minutes: $85
Ayurveda Bliss Therapy
A combination of Abhyanga and Shirodara treatments.
60 minutes: $115 90 minutes: $155 120 minutes: $175