Massage is a central feature of Ayurvedic medicine as it cleanses the body, regulates the doshas by moving displaced doshas back into the digestive tract and nourishes the skin. Abhyanga promotes good vision, sound sleep, reduces the qualities of vata and protects us from the aging process. It stimulates lymphatic circulation assisting the liver and kidneys in the bodily detoxification process. Performed by a trained therapist, a warm, herbal infused oil specific to the client's needs is applied liberally to the body. Special attention is paid to the areas of the body where each dosha resides.
60 minute treatment - $80
Garshana means "rubbing". A form of external exfoliation and lymphatic stimulation performed by a therapist using raw silk gloves. The brisk rubbing of raw silk over the body creates heat, exfoliates dead skin cells and prepares the body to deeply receive nourishment during abhyanga. An additional benefit of this treatment in the production of static electricity creating an ionization and alkalizing effect on the channels of circulation and the lymphatic system, aiding in waste removal. Garshana improves circulation of the srotas (channels), initiates the flow of the five vayus (movements within the body) which initiates the activation of the nadis. This has a beneficial effect on both the nadis and the chakras as both operate within the electromagnetic field of the body (pranamaya kosha).
30 minute treatment - $60
Includes the cost of the gloves which the client then takes home for personal use or subsequent treatments.
"The Queen of Ayurvedic Oil Therapies"
This treatment involves pouring a warm stream of herbalized oil over the clients forehead. Also known as bliss therapy, shirodhara is one of the most powerful treatments to relieve vata in the mind. Excess vata in the mind manifests as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue and psychological disorders. Given that 80% of all diseases in the West are stress related, shirodhara becomes one of the most important treatments Ayurveda offers. Shirodhara works mainly on the mental sheath (manomaya kosha) where the mind holds on to past impressions, imbalanced desires and habitual behavioral patterns. When oil is poured on the forehead, the nervous system is stilled and impressions held deeply in the limbic system are released. This "quieting" of the brain allows the pranavaha and manovaha srotas to effectively transport prana, oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Results of this treatment include: improved ability to handle stress, mood stabilization, better cognitive function, and removal of deep seated patterns that cause emotional distortion. Successive treatments achieve deeper states and healing becomes spontaneous as the wisdom of the body awakens.
You will take the balance of the oil used in the treatment home with you for personal use.
60 minute treatment -$120
90 minute treatment entails: 60-minute abhyanga & 30-minute shirodhara - $160
Ayurvedic texts offer a class of nutritive, palliative basti applied externally to localized areas of the body. Medicated oils are retained on the surface of the body and are classified according to the site of administration. A dough dam is created and applied to the area of the body being treated. Warm herbalised oils or ghee are administered to the region and held for an extended period of time. Different applications have different effects depending on the site, duration and oils used.
Netra basti or netra tarpana is the introduction of ghee or medicated ghee to the eyes. This treatment reduces pitta in the eyes, alleviates nasal congestion, relieves headaches, removes eye strain, improves vision and cleanses the door of visual perception.
Kati basti is applied to the lumbo-sacral region. Benefits of this treatment include reduction of muscle spasm, rigidity and pain associated with spinal maladies and treats numbness, tingling and sciatic associated pain.
Hrid basti applied to the cardiac region nourishes the pericardium, myocardium, heart and emotional conditions.
Janu basti applied to the knee for all associated conditions.
Nabhi basti is applied over the navel and is indicated when the digestive fire is low (agni) to stimulate digestion and assimilation, regulates the function of the abdominal organs, relieves abdominal pain and distention caused by stagnation and congestion.
Griva basti is associated with the cervical region and supports the body's
Prustha basti applied to the thoraco-lumbar region lubricates the intervertebral, arachnoid and sub-dural spaces. Its effect on the nerve ganglia clears blockages in the chakras.
60 minute session - $80
Swedana (Herbal Steam Therapy)
Herbal steam penetrates the deeper tissue levels of the body and helps to eliminate metabolic wastes and other accumulated toxins from the body. Herbs are carefully selected for your specific healthcare needs. This is a perfect addition to any Ayurvedic therapy.
30 minutes - $25
Marma therapy is an ancient Indian practice whose focus is the manipulation of subtle energy (prana) in the body to support the healing process. Marmas are the vital points in the body where the life force energy is concentrated. Marma points are located where the flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones, and joints meet. Knowledge of these points allows the practitioner to influence the flow of energy and remove blockages that may be the underlying cause of illness.
Treatment incorporates marma point therapy, herbal medicated oil, and tuning fork therapy.
60 minute session - $80
This vigorous and powerful treatment uses warm oil and herbal powders.
A detoxifying treatment for the lymphatic and circulatory system. Hand-blended herbs and oil are massaged into the skin, using invigorating strokes to stimulate weight loss and reduce cellulite.
The oil used for Udvartana is sesame-based, which is hot in potency and is infused with herbs which create lightness, dryness, roughness, removes blockages and stiffness, and has a 'cutting or liquefying action' on the fat tissue.
This oil also ensures that the skin does not become dry and remains soft and supple after treatment. Very beneficial for Kapha Dosha.
May be done at any time. A series of treatments is recommended.
60 minute session - $99
Nasal therapy using hot towel steam therapy, facial massage with marma point therapy and warm nasya oil. Nasya opens the breathing channels, stimulates the senses, and promotes clarity of thought. Nasal administration of warm, herbalized oil, opens the sinuses and loosens the blockages, cleanses, purifies and lubricates the mucous membrane.
A relaxing facial massage is used to promote circulation and drainage.
Nasya helps alleviate ailments above the collarbone, such as stiffness in the neck or jaw, dryness or congestion of sinuses, tonsillitis, laryngitis, toothaches, vocal problems, headaches or migraines, throat inflammation, allergies, snoring, ringing in the ears, and sleep apnea.
Very beneficial for Kapha Dosha or those prone to frequent respiratory infections and seasonal allergies.
45 minute session - $65