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 Ayurvedic 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 herbal 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 rejuvenated 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 flour 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
- Back treatment and Shiro Dhara (includes head and face massage) 100 euro
- Full Body Ayurvedic massage 1 hour 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, Pinda Sweda and Shiro Dhara 2 1/2 hours 160 eurO
- Head & Face Marma Massage 60 min, 60 euro
- Shiro Dhara including Head and Face Marma Massage 60 min 80 Euro (100 Euro with foot massage)
- Ubtan Facial treatment 60 min 70 euro
- Nasya treatment 45 min 50 euro
„I have been attending Sandra’s classes on and off now for a few years. I find her to be an amazing teacher: passionate, holistic and knowledgeable. So when I heard that Sandra was offering Ayurveda treatments I was thrilled and promptly made an appointment. After initial consultation Sandra determined that I was predominantly pitta and prescribed Indian herbs and a rather rigorous diet. I know that some people find this particular diet challenging but I tolerated it without difficulty. Within a few days I felt heat leaving my body. On day 10 I cleansed (quite literally!!). My body felt lighter, my head clearer and I had more energy. A few weeks later on a second visit Sandra modified my diet and gave me different herbs, this time to balance Vata. I also had a fabulous full body massage. Since starting these treatments I have experienced real change. I am now vegetarian-not because I planned to be but because my body wants to nourish itself differently. While I have done and continue to do many things to maintain my health and wellbeing I have no doubt about the real changes that Ayurveda has brought me to and for that I am very grateful. 🙂🙌🙂Thank you Sandra Hayes.“