Ayurvedic Therapies - Panchakarma Therapies - Ayurvedic Day Spa
Ayurveda offers many cleansing and rejuvenation therapies for overall health and longevity, and as a support system for specific health issues. Ayurveda believes that deep relaxation promotes healing and removes toxins. These traditional Herbal Therapies can be done individually or in combination as in our Ayurvedic Day Spa packages to promote relaxation and health, and to prevent disease. Experience the deepest relaxation state with any of these holistic herbal Ayurvedic therapies and get a taste of what your Panchakarma Program can be like!
Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Warm Oil Massage
Medicated oils are vigorously massaged into your body by one or two therapists with specialized strokes and marma point pressure. A deeply relaxing, deliciously nurturing and nourishing type of massage, and very rejuvenating to all the tissues of your body.
Shirodhara: Ayurvedic Bliss Therapy
This treatment consists in pouring warm oil in a slow steady stream on your forehead. It pacifies the subtle aspects of all the doshas, nourishes the nervous system, promoting relaxation and tranquility, and improves mental clarity and comprehension. When done in a series, it can help with certain neurological and mental imbalances as well. Because of the profound effects it has upon the consciousness, it has often been called "Bliss Therapy."
Bashpa Swedana: Full Body Herbal Steam Therapy
This therapy consists of applying steam evenly to the entire body (except the head) with the use of a sweat box. This method is used after Abhyanga or any other oil massage to detoxify your body and help the medicated oils further penetrate into all your tissues. Aromatherapy oils are added for a pleasant steam bath and healing effects.
Nadi Swedana: Localized Steam Therapy for Pain Relief
A localized application of steam with herbally medicated oils. This type of steam treatment focuses on specific areas of the body, such as sore joints or muscles, to improve mobility and flexibility, and to reduce pain and rigidity. The perfect therapy for those suffering from acute or chronic pain anywhere in the body.
Marma Chikitsa: Energy Point Therapy - Ayurvedic Acupressure
Marma points serve as the bridge between the physical body and its more subtle energy pathways, called nadis. This therapy is aimed at stimulating specific organs and/or systems, while releasing blocked energy and promoting flexibility. A session consists of Ayurvedic massage, with an emphasis on key marma points depending on your specific needs, and includes the use of Ayurvedic essential oils, passive yoga therapy, and application of mild heat on specific areas to relieve tension.
Shila Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage
This popular type of massage is actually an Ayurvedic Swedana therapy used to promote healing and longevity by releasing tension and connecting the flow of prana (vital energy) throughout the body. It stimulates the circulatory system, helps to release toxins, induces deep relaxation, and relieves pain and muscle spasms. Sessions involve a deep massage with the use of Ayurvedic herbal oils and the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on your body.
Shiro Abhyanga + Nasya: Ayurvedic Head Massage & Nasal Therapy
A combination of Ayurvedic head massage with Nasya (nasal administration of herbal oil) and foot reflexology to stimulate vital organs and systems, while clearing the energy pathways in your head and nourishing your scalp and hair. Highly recommended for headaches, sinusitis, allergies and other head, neck, ear and throat problems.
Nabhi Basti or Chakra Basti: Navel Region Balance and Emotional Release
This therapy helps to balance the nabhi marma, which is the vital center where all 72,000 nadis (subtle energy pathways) converge. It strengthens the power of digestion and absorption, and facilitates the release of deeply seated emotions. It relieves digestive symptoms such as irritable bowel, flatulence, poor appetite, constipation and abdominal discomfort. It is performed by filling a dam made out of dough and placed over the navel area with lukewarm medicated oil or ghee.
Marma Massage: Invigorating Ayurvedic Massage
This therapy is a specialized form of Ayurvedic massage. It stimulates vital marma points to energize organs and tissues, while promoting overall blood circulation. It will relieve your tension, remove energy blocks throughout your body, and make you feel relaxed yet energized and vibrant at the end of each session.
Netra Basti: Eye Rejuvenation Therapy
This is one of the most nourishing and rejuvenating therapies for the eyes. It is performed by filling a dam (made out of dough and placed around the eyes) with a lukewarm medicated oil or ghee (clarified butter). This therapy helps relieve eye strain, improve vision, pacify the doshas in the head area, and is used to prevent and treat a wide variety of eye ailments, including poor vision, eye fatigue, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
Pinda Sweda (Swedana): Ayurvedic Therapy to Restore Strength and Vigor
This therapy consists of scrubbing warm boluses (prepared with herbs, milk, rice and other grains) over your entire body using specific strokes. It improves blood circulation and muscle tone, strengthens digestion and restores vigor to all your bodily tissues. Pinda Sweda is beneficial in degenerative conditions and can help the body rebuild muscular tissues. Done in a series, it is traditionally used for many neurological and neuromuscular disorders, including MS and Parkinson's, as well as other serious imbalances, and to promote vitality and longevity.
Kati Basti: Lumbo-Sacral Rejuvenation Therapy
This is a localized treatment for relieving and nourishing the lower back. It pacifies one of the primary sites of vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension in that area. It is performed by filling a dam made out of dough and placed on the lumbo-sacral area with lukewarm medicated oil or ghee (clarified butter).
Hrud (or Uro) Basti: Ayurvedic Heart Support Therapy
This treatment focuses on the region over the heart. It helps to nourish, strengthen, and regulate heart functions. It is performed by filling a dam made out of dough and placed over the heart area with lukewarm medicated oil or ghee (clarified butter).
Prana Therapy: Traditional Ayurvedic Energy Work
Traditional Ayurvedic Energy Work utilizing the vital energy (prana) to remove blockages within your subtle nerve pathways (nadis), as well as tissues, organs and channels, to promote healing of specific areas and overall well being. This therapy is adjusted to your individual needs.
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