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Ayurveda translates as "science of life" and is based on an ancient system that believes our personality or constitution is predominantly one of three Doshas (forces in the body that act on different systems): Kapha, Vata or Pitta. The aim of an ayurvedic massage is to balance out this dominance for total wellbeing.
This massage originates from India, and is believed to be 6000 years old. No one person is responsible for its creation.
Ayurvedic massage is based on ancient wisdom about the mind-body-energy connection and affects all levels of the mind, body and soul. Traditional ayurvedic massage is a fully body massage that heals from head to toe, with a focus on Marma points. These Marma points are the classical healing pressure points that can alter the organic function and structural condition of the body. The use of Marma therapy and the transfer of Prana between therapist and client are essential to the healing process.
Ayurvedic massage is another modality which, although skin is touched and muscles are manipulated, warm oil in the abhyanga (oil massage) is applied with the intention of penetrating the physical body to access the subtle body. In order to create balance, attention is given to individually choose the massage oil as well as the techniques used to bring balance to all layers of the body based on the Doshic (vata, pitta and kapha) effects on the body.
60 MINUTE SESSION - $90
90 MINUTE SESSION - $110
The shirodhara technique soothes and invigorates the senses and the mind. A total feeling of wellness, mental clarity and comprehension is experienced in this process. Shirodhara means the dripping of oil like a thread (dhara) on the head (shiro). This is a tantalising yet tranquil form of ayurvedic oil treatment.
What Is Shirodhara?
Experience the most divine ancient ayurvedic ritual to rest and calm the mind. A steady flow of warm oil onto the forehead stimulates the pituitary gland, or "third eye." This is one of the most divine therapies, awakening your body's intuitive knowledge. "Shiro" means head and "dhara" is the continuous flow of a liquid. In this process, warm herbal oils, milk or buttermilk, or decoctions are poured in a slow steady stream on your forehead.
This treatment is profoundly relaxing and nourishing. It will improve your mental clarity and comprehension. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair. The client can then dress and go home and it is recommended to rest quietly for at least a few hours.
Benefits Of Shirodhara
According to traditional texts (Astanga Hrdaya: Sutra 2:7-8), this shirodhara technique, if done correctly and accordingly, is known to accomplish miraculous healing. Some are listed here:
60 MINUTE SESSION - $100