Ayurveda, sanskrit for "knowledge of life," addresses the well-being of the whole person by caring for the body and mind via diet, lifestyle practices, and treatments. Practiced over the last 4,000 years throughout South East Asia, ayurveda seeks to maintain a healthy balance in each individual throughout the changing seasons and various stages of one's life.
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 carrying deep into the cells the healing properties of the herbs.
Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga)
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 flexible mind. Plain and herbal vegetable oils are chosen for the appropriate purposes of each session.
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 unshakable inner stillness and calm. Recommended for anxiety, insomnia or general de-stressing.
A comprehensive treatment combing abhyanga and shirodara treatments. for ultimate benefits.