AYURVEDIC MASSAGE (ABHYANGA)
In accordance with ayurvedic principles, the client is first assessed for his or her individual constitution and possible symptoms or disorders. Then the massage therapy is designed specifically for the client, with the goal to restore balance and relieve symptoms. To achieve this, specific, warmed and medicated, traditionally processed herbal oils are applied using specific techniques of massage.
In Sanskrit, the word for oleation- oil massage – is Snehan, the same word as for motherly love. In ayurvedic massage, the practitioner embodies this through positive thoughts and “good wishes” for the client during the massage.
MARMAS & CHAKRAS
There 107 Marma points in the body, areas of concentrated activity, where the different different types of tissue meet and create a particular current of energy. The pathway of communication through the merging tissues can be disturbed by blockages, hindering the free flow of energy. Similar (but not identical) to the acupuncture points in traditional Chinese medicine, manipulating these Marma points can help to stimulate the flow of energy and bring balance back to the body.
Chakras are larger areas of heightened activity mostly along the spine, where nerve bundles branch out into nerve plexuses. According to tantric scripture there are 7 main Chakras, 5 of them along the spine, 2 of them connected to the brain. A subtle stimulation of these areas can encourage better movement of energy, which can have a profound effect on the body as well as on the mind.
Pinda Sweda is the application of hot rice poultices infused with herbs, to induce sweating and remove toxins from the body. It helps to draw heat to the surface of the body. It is also a great practice to relieve pain caused by muscular tension or arthritis. It helps to improve water retention and blood circulation and soothes the nerves.
Shiro Dhara is a powerful treatment of the head. A continuous stream of warm, medicated oil is released on to the most important Marma/Chakra area of the head. Stimulation of Sthapani Marma and Ajna Chakra (the third eye) also has a direct influence on the pineal and pituitary glands. The treatment induces a profound state of peace and tranquility while at the same time enhances concentration and alertness of the mind. It is recommended for disorders and imbalances of the mind, including stress, depression, anger and other mental health disorders.
Ubtan is a traditional ayurvedic facial treatment. A face massage is given with an oil suitable for the clients skin type. Then a steam bath is applied to open pores. Finally a face pack of herbs (according to the clients constitution) is applied. To finish, a herbal cream or face oil is applied on the skin. This is a wonderful treatment to make you feel relaxed and glowing.
Nasya oil is a traditional medicated oil that is applied (after massage and steam treatment) into the nostrils. It opens respiratory pathways and clears sinuses. It also helps to clear the mind and refreshen the senses.
After preparation with massage, warm medicated oil or Sesame oil is pooled into a ring of chickpea flower and placed on to an area of the back. This treatment is helpful for pain.
AYURVEDIC MASSAGE TREATMENTS
- Back treatment – Ayurvedic Marma massage and Pinda Sweda 60 min 70 euro
- Full Body Ayurvedic Marma Massage 90 min 100 euro
- Full Body treatment – Ayurvedic Marma massage including Head & Face and Pinda Sweda 2 – 2 1/2 hours 150 euro
- Full Body treatment – Ayurvedic Marma massage including Head & Face and Shiro Dhara 2 1/2 hours 160 euro
- Full Body treatment- Ayurvedic Marma Massage including Head & Face, Pinda Sweda and Shiro Dhara 3 hours 180 euro
- Head & Face Marma Massage 60 min, 60 euro
- Shiro Dhara including Head and Face Marma Massage 60 min 80 Euro
- Ubtan Facial treatment 60 min 70 euro
- Nasya treatment 45 min 50 euro
- Kati Basti 60 min 70 euro