Shirodhara – The gentle streaming of oil on the center of the forehead. Warm, herbalized oil is delicately streamed onto the forehead and head. Shirodhara supports a calm, serene, tranquil mind and nervous system. It can alleviate mental and emotional stress and facilitates clarity of mind and a state of profound relaxation. Benefits are increased wtih successive treatments.
Shirodhara is the icon of Ayurveda in America. It is a luxurious application of Ayurveda to the body, mind, and spirit that deeply relaxes the nervous system.
A warm stream of herbalized oil is gently and slowly poured on the client’s forehead. This stimulates the pituitary gland and marma (vital) points.
A deep state of relaxation occurs as stress melts away and a profound meditative state is experienced.
Successive shirodhara treatments result in the mind systematically achieving an even deeper state of stillness. Here, more healing occurs.
It is a general tonification treatment for the nervous system and mind.
Vata Disorders: Anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks, manic depression, prickling pain in head, hair loss, hearing loss, fatigue, mental exhaustion, gray tongue coating, insomnia, headaches, dry facial skin and scalp, constipation, bell’s palsy.
Pitta Disorders: Burning sensation in head and body, ulcerated or inflamed conditions of the head, conjunctivitis, excess sweating, dim vision, blood disorders, yellow tongue coating, greenish or yellowish color to urine or feces.
Kapha Disorders: Excessive sleep, heaviness to body, indigestion, weak digestion, mucous, obesity, white tongue coating, white urine or feces, loss of appetite, repulsion to food, anorexia.
The practitioner maintains a rhythmic speed of the oil stream while awakening the third eye/pineal gland.
Benefits: Increase with succcessive treatments. Packages available.
- Deeply relaxes nervous system
- Improve ability to handle stress
- Balances mind
- Improves mood stability
- Deeply relaxes body
- Improve memory
- Nourish hair and scalp
- Encourages sound, restorative sleep
Netra Tarpana – Ayurveda Golden Eyes. Refreshing, relaxing and relieves tired, achey, itchy, irritated, strained, sore, dry eyes. Cleanses eyes of particles, moisturizes eyes, may improve mildly blurred vision due to particles. Treatments also available for cataract prevention, or mitigation of beginnings of cataracts.
Netra tarpana is an Ayurvedic treatment for the eyes. It strengthens and protects the eyes from the sun’s strong rays, electroinic device screens, dust, pollen pollution, and other irritants.
It is an ideal treatment for people who use computers, phones, drive long distances, operate machines and those who keep long hours.
First a marma (vital) point face massage is provided. Next, sterilized, warmed ghee is gently poured on the eyes while the client is led through relaxing, simple eye exercises. It is an enjoyable, relaxing and effective treatment that lasts about 20 minutes.
Benefits: In addition to aiding the conditions above, this treatment aids in gradual improvement of eye conditions and has the added benefit of improving mental clarity.
- Whitens the sclera of the eyes
- Cleanses eye of environmental particles on the cornea
- Decreases sensitivity of light
- Relieves eye strain
- Moisturizes dry eyes
- Improves blurred vision
- Relieves burning sensation
- Reduces darkness around eyes
Marma Facial Massage – Rejuevenate your skin with Ayurvedic Facial Massate. Marma points are junctures in the body where two or more types of tissue meet such as muscle, ligament, tendon and joints. These are points of vital energy. When we are stressed, we tighted up our face (and other areas) and we have less energy. When we are relaxed, open, we have all the energy we need and it shows on our face.
Ayurvedic Facial Marma Massage is physically great for your skin and body for the following reasons:
- Relieves stress and tension, which in turn may reduce the appearance of fine lines.
- Increases circulation; more blood in the skin means more nutrients being delivered, and consequently healthier skin cells that hold their tone and vitality.
- Increases lymph flow for glowing skin.
- Increases prana (vital energy) that keeps the skin looking fresh and alive.
- Promotes greater absorption of oils or creams that nourish the skin cells and skin barrier, improving skin hydration.
- Helps you attain quality sleep that restores the body and boosts immune response.
- Calms nerves and reduces fatigue.
- Supports all the senses, especially helping to relieve eye strain.
Head, neck and facial marma point massage using warm, herbalized towel compress and herbalized balancing oil. Opens the channels of your face and body to relax and alleviates stress and tension. Not only does this support beautiful skin or help improve skin imbalances, it is profoundly tranquil, gentle treatment for the mind and nervous system.
You will also learn to do your own 1-2 minute facial massage each day to keep your face open, relaxed. When one learns to relax their forehead, a great deal of tension is released from the mind.
Nasya – Ayurvedic Sinus/Nasal Treatments
There are seven paths that lead to the nasal passages: 2 though the eyes, 2 through the nostrils, 2 through the ears, and one through the mouth. The nose is that start of the entire respiratory tract and the primary place of prana (energy) absorption, so it is very important to care for this part of the body.
Nasya opens the channels of the head and thereby increases prana (energy) flow, treating the brain by creating a healthy stimulation to the cranial system.
Using a variety of techniques, the senses are cleansed and rejuvenated.
Nasya is most effective in conjunction with netra tarpana (eye treatments) and karna purana (ear treatments).
This rejuvenating treatment offers relief from the common problems of environmental allergies, sinus problems and protects from colds and flu.
Purposes: The primary purpose is to promote the flow of prana in the brain, remove blockages, increase brain function and therein, improve mind-body function. Nasya acts on the water (tarpaka kapha) of the head. Nasya treats any condition of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. All conditions from the collarbone up, are treated with nasya.
Nasya is indicated in imbalances of the head and neck:
Examples: Dry nasal condition, sinus congestion, common cold, acute and chronic sinusitis, allergies, gum disease, headaches, migraine, vertigo, dizziness, shoulder problems and so on.
Nasya treats eye conditions such as dry, itchy, and watery eyes, conjunctivitis and ear conditions such as tinnitus, earache and hearing loss. Nasya also is used for treating the loss of sense of smell.
Experience: There are three types of nasya administered in five ways. Treatment is based according to the unique needs of the client.
While lying on the massage table, the neck, face and head are gently massaged opening the channels and dislodging congestion and loosening up the tissues. Next, an enjoyable herbalized steam inhalation is administered. This opens the internal channels, liquefies the congestion of the nasal tissues. Last, the nasya oil or powder is administered gently into the nose.
Benefits: In addition to treating the examples of conditions as listed above, nasya benefits:
- Strengthens head, face, neck and shoulders and chest
- Improves rhythmic breathing
- Stimulates brain
- Tones vision
- Relieves anxiety and fear
- Improves sleep
- Cleanse the sinuses
- Improves resistant to illnesses and allergens
- Moisturizes nostrils following neti pot regimen
Swedana – Ayurvedic Steam Therapy- Far Infrared Style
The purpose of swedana is to increase body temperature which opens the channel system to dilate resulting in increased circulation. It allows toxins to move out of the body through the skin as the body sweats.
Swedana is useful for all conditions of stagnation, coldness, and stiffness. Sweating also reduces fat tissue assisting with weight loss.
Traditional healing systems around the world have used steam therapy since ancient times. Japanese steam rooms, Finnish saunas, Turkish baths and there are others.
While people in certain types of pain have been greatly relieved to find the BioMat, these products provide great benefits to almost anyone. If you need to release stress by relaxing your muscles and enjoying soothing Far Infrared Ray heat, simply lying on the BioMat promotes a feeling of well-being for a healthier mind and body. The US FDA’s Medical Device 510K indications for use are as follows:
- Relaxation of muscles
- Increase of local circulation where applied
Temporary relief of:
- Minor muscle pain
- Minor joint pain and stiffness
- Joint pain associated with arthritis
- Muscle spasms
- Minor sprains
- Minor strains
- Minor muscular back pain
Many individuals may find relaxing their muscles helps them relax body and mind as well. You may find in addition to the US FDA’s medical Device 510K Indications for Use the BioMat:
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Soothes and relaxes
- Supports the immune system
- Improves sleep (if associated with pain relief)
- Reduced inflammation (where applied)
- Increased tissue oxygen (due to increased circulation where applied)
- Provides such muscle relaxation that you may sleep better if you experienced occasional difficulty sleeping.
Karana Purana – Ayurvedic Ear Treatment
Karana purana is the process in which warm, herbalized oil or medicated liquid is gently, slowly poured into the ears. This lubricates the delicate filaments of the ear canal which sharpens hearing and removes impurities.
Karana purana creates a deep stillness.
This treatment is usually performed annually in the autumn or during panchakarma therapies.
Condition Examples: Earaches, nervousness , hearing loss, tinnitus, headaches, gum disease, giddiness, excess earwax, insomnia, and pain in jaw, neck and head.
This treatment is also for general vata imbalances relating to body aches and pains.
Experience: Treatments begins with an ear and partial head massage. The ear is then gently filled with 3-10 drops of warm herbalized oil.
- Improves hearing
- Positively stimulates sense organs
- Calms the mind
Gandusha & Kavalagraha – Ayurvedic Gargling Treatment
A simple rejuvenating treatment, when done routinely, enhances the senses, maintains clarity, brings about a feeling of freshness and invigorates the mind.
Senses are the way we interact and take in the world. By caring for them, we are better able to use our cognitive abilities. Draws out excess dosha through the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
Condition Examples: Bad breath, dry face, dull senses, exhaustion, anorexia, loss of taste, impaired vision, sore throat, and all kapha related imbalances.
There are two primary gargling techniques.
Gandusha: The mouth is completely filled with fluid such that gargling is impossible. The fluid is held in the mouth and then released.
Kavalagraha: A comfortable amount of fluid is in the mouth and gargled.
While listening to relaxing music, sitting upright, the mind is cleared of stressful thoughts. Gargling positively stimulates and soothes the sense organs, freshens the breath and invigorates the mind.
Benefits: In addition to the conditions listed above
- Improves bad breath
- Invigorates the senses
- Maintains mental clarity