Ayurveda

Ayurvedic MedicineAyurveda is considered to be one of the oldest medical systems in the world. It originated in India and can is understood as “the science of life”. In essence, Ayurveda is a very comprehensive way of living. Its theories and practice take all aspects of a person’s life into consideration and uses natural means to best support the individual’s health tendencies. Ayurveda creates balance and wellness with the most powerful, safe and effective tools of all: diet, lifestyle, and thought processes. Herbs and bodily treatments are also used for specific conditions and detoxing. The ultimate goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit to prevent disease and promote wellness.

One key aspect of ayurveda is its description of three fundamental energies or Doshas that govern our internal and external environments. These energies are: movement, transformation and structure. They are the basis for forming all that can be seen around us, the elemental truths from which all life springs.

In Sanskrit these elements are known as Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water) respectively. Wrapped up in a human being, these are the primary constitutions responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has all of these doshas within us, but our individual distribution and make up of them differs. What’s more the changing of seasons, natural life cycles, and our internal and external environments affect our doshas too. For any one person, usually one or two dosha predominate. This is what people refer to as “your dosha”.

Knowing your dosha can provide you with valuable guidelines for the healthiest choices to be made for your body. You can support your constitution by choosing the correct diet, exercise, breathing techniques, and even colors and interactions to name a few.

Ayurvedic Therapies

Shirodhara
This is a meditative and relaxing treatment in which a soothing stream of warm oil is continuously poured over the forehead onto the sixth chakra. It awakens your intuitive energetic center and your pituitary gland. It calms the central nervous system and integrates the mind and body. Shirodhara is best for settling Vata and Pitta constitutions and feels like the most luscious and luxurious of meditations.

Swedana (sway-da-na)
A powerful detoxifying treatment. Swedana helps to open the circulatory channels which in turn allows toxins to be mobilized through your blood stream and eliminated through the sweat glands. While you relax on a tented massage table a specialized blend of herbal steam will penetrate your pores, release tension and toxins and relax and heal your body.

Types of swedana treatments available include: purification & detox, sore joint & muscle relief, weight loss, royal lavender or blissful rose relaxation, cooling coconut, and dosha appropriate.  You may also add garshana (raw silk) glove exfoliation as a treatment with your steam.

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