Ayurveda is a 5000-year old traditional medicine practice historically rooted in India, Tibet, Indonesia, and other regions of Southeast Asia and is translated from Sanskrit as ‘science of life’. Today, Ayurveda has become recognized for its wonderful dietary, herbal, lifestyle and exercise therapeutics. The main focus is on bio-purification and rejuvenation of the body and health, with individualized treatments to balance each person’s particular dosha, or body-mind constitutional type.
A person’s constitution is made up of three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha. There is usually one dominant dosha (sometimes two are equally dominant) which defines the constitution you are born with, or the “Prakruti”. Since the doshas are always active in the body, each dosha can become imbalanced, both in excess or deficiency which can manifest various symptoms. The term “Vikruti” is used to describe current dosha activity. Assessment of Vikruti may help your therapist determine the best treatment, or techniques on a particular visit. Want to know what your dosha-type is? CLICK HERE
The doshas affect our physical being by impacting how our nervous system and energetic systems communicate with the organs and the brain. Knowing how the doshas manifest in your own body can give you a “best guess” about what may help you. Ayurveda provides guidance for preventing illness, and provides insights about what foods, lifestyle habits, and self care will support and nourish the body, mind and spirit.
Here are some general characteristics about the doshas:
Vata: Vata governs all movement – voluntary and involuntary physical movements as well as movements of mind and thoughts. Imbalance in Vata can cause a fidgety mind and body and is associated with insomnia. Vata-types are “like the wind”…they can’t sit still and jump from topic to topic quickly, they may worry or become prone to mood swings, are often cold, tend to be slim and fine boned, and have a variable hunger but can get cranky or anxious if they forget to eat.
Pitta: Pitta is associated with heat and keenness of mind. Pitta-types tend to overheat easily and tend towards redness in skin when irritated. They like the best of the best, are very intellectual, prefer details about new topics, and are very results-oriented. Pitta-types tend to be of medium build and strong-boned, and can become irritable or prone to angry outbursts when stressed.
Kapha: Kapha’s unique quality is density; they tend to have dense tissue and are heavy boned and curvy. They gain weight easily, are slow to lose weight and NEED movement and activity to lose. Kapha personalities are quiet, careful, deep thinkers, and can be prone to depression. They are intrigued by tradition, are slow to change habits. They benefit from routine but also from excitement, challenge and getting out more.
Ayurveda is by no means a one-size-fits-all approach, but allows for an individual assessment of your needs. Self-discovery and awareness of your own dosha can give you insights about what foods you should eat, what type of skin care products to use, ideal settings for work, play, and relaxation, and so much more.
Ayurveda is widely sought after by people looking to reduce stress, heal, and promote longevity. Bodywork is an integral component of Ayurveda and the treatments offer a unique perspective on treating clients holistically. Our center creates a synthesis of Ayurvedic principles with integrative medicine approaches to create authentic treatments that are both therapeutic as well as relaxing.
Abhyanga Duration: 75 Cost: $115
Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic full body massage performed with warmed, herbal-infused oils. A variety of Ayurvedic techniques are applied in a synchronized manner to relax the nervous system, stimulate the lymphatic system, promote healthy circulation, and lubricate/nourish the joints. This treatment pacifies vata dosha which, according to the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, is the root cause of stress, anxiety, and general imbalance. By balancing and rejuvenating vata dosha, one can initiate self-healing and effectively counteract the negative mental, emotional, and physical effects of stress. Recommended Upgrade: Precede Abhyanga with a Himalayan Mineral Bath for enhanced effects.
Benefits of Abhyanga
· Nourishes & rejuvenates
· Promotes longevity
· Relieves fatigue
· Builds stamina
· Promotes deeper sleep
· Enhances complexion and luster of skin
· Encourages detoxification
· Relieves stress and brightens the senses
· Relieves stiffness & muscle aches
· Enhances digestion
· Reduces blood pressure
· Supports a peaceful mind
· Balances emotions
Shirodhara Duration: 70 Cost: $115
Shirodhara is a continuous pouring of warm oil in a slow, steady stream on the forehead. Our treatment combines several bodywork techniques to prepare the body and mind for the gentle pouring of the oil which pacifies the subtle aspects of the doshas. This provides nourishment to the nervous system, promotes a deep state of tranquility, and improves mental clarity. Benefits of Shirodhara Include:
· Deep relaxation
· Relief from headaches/migraines
· Relief from insomnia
· Reduces anxiety
· Better clarity and focus
· Deep rest for the nervous system
Tibetan Foot Renewal Duration: 60 Cost: $72
This treatment is inspired by the Indian foot massage treatment called Kansa Vatki. It is a relaxing, yet energizing treatment that includes a balancing Himalayan salt foot bath, massage of the feet and calves with techniques derived from reflexology and marma chikitsa, a gentle and soothing massage with a three-metal bowl, and finishes with a gentle cleaning and exfoliation with an herbal powder. This treatment can be described as a soothing session that draws out excess heat and is ideal for those who spend long hours on their feet, suffer from stress, irritability, or insomnia. Recommended upgrade: Add a Himalayan Mineral Bath and soak your entire body for grounding, centering, and relaxation.