Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

When you go to an Ayurvedic Spa you’ll see quite an offering of wonderful treatments to choose from. Some of the names may not be familiar to you, so let’s run down what these treatments are, and what their benefits are to you.

  1. Abhyanga can be done as a massage or a self-massage. The oil, usually infused with herbs especially chosen to help balance your dosha, penetrates the skin, relaxes the mind and body, and helps to stimulate circulation.
  2. Garshana is a dry massage. Silk gloves are used to brush the skin and enhance circulation. This also cleans the skin so that oil and herbs can more deeply penetrate the skin.
  3. Shirodhara is an amazing treatment where warm herbalized oil is slowly & gently poured over the forehead. While this happens, you are lulled into a very deep state of profound relaxation, allowing brain waves to synchronize body, mind, and spirit.
  4. Swedana is like a steam bath. A tent is used so the head is kept cool while the body is heated to remove toxins that have built up in the body, mind, and emotions deep within the cells.
  5. Udvartana is a massage that uses an herbal paste to help the lymphatic system drain. This is an exfoliating treatment that also beautifully conditions the skin.
  6. Vishesh is a deep muscular massage. It helps open up the channel of communication to the deep tissues & improve circulation to the muscles.
  7. Pizhichil is a massage where warm medicated oil is poured over the body systematically. Typically two massage therapists perform this massage in a kind of choreographed, rhythmic routine.
  8. Panchakarma is a purification & detoxification treatment. Ayurveda recommends that this treatment be done three times a year, at the change of seasons. It includes therapies to rid the body of toxins. At the same time, the body’s strength is built up with nourishing foods to aid digestion. Meditation & Yoga are a part of this 3 day to 7 day program.
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