Ayurvedic Clinical Treatments
MASSAGE (ABHYANGA) – 60min.The massage is done with herbalised oils, prepared according to the ancient Ayurvedic texts. This is known as Abyanga and the oils used will be suitable for the constitutional needs. Ayurvedic massage is considered as one of the preparatory treatments for panchakarma which is a treasure house of cure for almost all ailments of human body. It can be done just once or repeatedly for a number of days as desired.
In terms of promoting positive health, Massage therapy bestows the following benefits
- Bestows long life.
- Retards the aging process
- Helps in overcoming fatigue
- Promotes undisturbed sleep
- Improves Physical appearance
- Revitalizes nervous system
- Nourishes the body.
- Promotes circulation
- Relaxes the muscles
Shirodhara is a sacred contribution of ‘Ayurveda’- the traditional system of medicine of India – the land of Yoga and Yogis. Shirodhara involves slowly pouring liquids over a client’s third eye, which is located in the forehead. It has been used in India for centuries to treat a wide range of conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, paralysis, psoriasis etc. Different liquids can be used, depending on the body type and state of health of the patient. Oils are common; but milk, buttermilk and water can be used as well. Frequently, the liquid will be infused with herbs which are tailored to the client. It can be done as a very effective treatment for rejuvenation as well. 7-21 sessions are advised for better results.
MARMA MASSAGE – 60 – 90min.
The Marmas (vital points) are a very important part of Ayurvedic anatomy and surgery. A Marma point is defined as an anatomical site where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet up. There are 107 Marma points throughout the body. Each point has its own intelligence and consciousness, which co-ordinate with the mind and body. This ancient form of treatment involves using the fingers to stimulate the Marma points thereby promoting physical and mental rehabilitation. As with Acupuncture, these points correspond to internal organs and systems of the body which react to manual stimulation. Stimulating or massaging the marma points gives benefits to the area of their locations and improves the function of the connecting organs. The marma massage itself is approximately 60 to 90 minutes of duration followed by steam bath or warm shower. Ideally, marma massages should be first consulted with a qualified Ayurvedic physician and performed by experienced therapists.
Benefits of Marma Massage
- Nervousness & anxiety
- Light headedness
- Numbness or metallic taste in the mouth
- Tingling in the fingertips and toes
- Stress at work & home
- Lack of energy
- Weakness in general
- Muscular aches & pains including back and neck
SPINAL MASSAGE – 45min.
A spinal massage is best given as part of an overall body or back massage. For an initial general massage we may or may not use massage oil. A caring attitude during massage is more important than technique. Since Spinal Cord is an important part of the human bone structure our therapists do the massage carefully, caringly and lovingly. Whilst following the basic techniques of Spinal massage.
Spinal Massage is started by giving attention to the feet. Gliding slowly downward with thumbs on each side of your spine (fingers or the knuckles may be used as well). Pressing reasonably hard for a moment then gliding to the next vertebra, basically along the inner bladder meridian.
Other points provided special attention during Spinal massage are the base of the skull, neck, shoulder, the tops and canters of the shoulder blades; the buttocks, the hips and the back of each knee.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE – 30 min.
An Indian head massage will energise your mind and allow tension to slip away. This ancient technique has been practised for over a thousand years in India, being passed down from generation to generation. It is both a therapeutic and beauty treatment with many wonderful benefits. Indian head massage can be given almost anywhere. The receiver remains fully clothed seated in a chair or can sit cross legged on the ground. It involves using a sequence of moves such as energy balancing techniques, lymphatic drainage, acupressure points, stretching and general massage to the shoulders, neck, face and scalp. The techniques work on both the physical and ethereal body with over 60 movements.
Regular sessions of Indian head massage will result in a number of health benefits for the client, and a course of treatments may be advised if a complex condition is involved.
Indian Head Massage can be used to:
- relieve eyestrain
- relieve insomnia
- ease headaches and migraine
- relax muscles
- relax and tones facial muscles
- stimulate the hair and scalp
- help localized blood and lymphatic circulation
- boost the immune system
- restore joint movement
- relieve sinusitis
- Reduce Stress
- Release anxiety.
PINDASWEDANAM (Fomentation+Oleation)- 60min.
This is the application of the heat with a large bolus (poultice) filled with medicinal herbs. Prior to the treatment the patient is massaged with appropriate herbal oil. It strengthens the muscles, calms the nervous system, reduces swelling and loosens toxins from the tissues especially from the joints. It is also very useful in the treatment of Arthritis, edema, obesity, general body pain and fatigue.
KATIVASTI – 45min.
This is an intensely soothing massage treatment, in which warm herbalised oil is applied to the lower back area using a dam (container) made from dough. Kati Basti is highly effective in relieving lower back pain and any complaints affecting the abdomen. This includes the irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis,, menstrual and urinary tract disorders.
UROVASTI (Hridayabasti): 45min.
Warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes. This is an effective treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems, and muscular chest pain, control blood pressure.
Nadiswedanam is usually done for localized conditions like Osteoarthritis, sprain, or to relieve some localized pain as in Cervical spondylitis. Here fomentation is done with the vapours generated out of medicated decoction that is then applied to the affected area with the help of a rubber tube. Proper oleation of the affected part is done prior to Nadi Sweda.
BASHPA SWEDANAM ( Medicated Steam Bath) – 20 – 30min.
This is a unique treatment and under this treatment leaves of medicinal plants are boiled and resulting steam is passed to the whole body. This treatment is helpful in to eliminate impurities from the body, reducing fat and also helpful in fighting with some skin diseases. This is also indicated as PURVAKARMA for Panchakarma procedures.
UDWARTHANAM – 60min.
This is vigorously rubbing dry herbs into the skin opposite to the hair direction. As well as cleansing and nourishing the skin, this process tones the muscles and reduces fat by improving the metabolism of muscles and adipose tissue. It leaves the skin tingling soothed and soft.
PIZHICHIL – 60min.
This is continuous pouring of warm herbalised oil over the body for an extended period of time. Very useful in Rheumatologic disorders especially in Hemiplegia and a perfect relaxing treatment. This stimulates the marma points and creates harmony between five vata subtypes. It eliminates toxins from the joints and other muscular parts and improve their mobility.
NJAVARAKKIZHI PINDASWEDA – 60min.
This is the most unctuous type of oleation and sudation combination. A special brown “shati” type rice is cooked in decoction of roots of “Bela” (Sida retusa) . Four poultices are prepared with it for continuous use. A highly beneficial treatment for facial palsy, Hemiplegia and other degenerative muscle diseases such as multiple sclerosis and muscular atrophy