Posts Tagged ‘ayurvedic massage’

Ayurvedic Healing: Shirodhara

Monday, June 13th, 2011

 

Shirodhara

Shirodhara

Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. At its core, it’s a comprehensive system of holistic medicine designed to facilitate optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Modern lifestyle leads to numerous health problems and Ayurveda has the answers to address many, if not all of them. While there are literally thousands of different treatment options within Ayurveda, we’re going to focus on one therapy that is well known for its purification and rejuvenation benefits, known as Shirodhara.

Shirodhara is the culmination of two ideas working in unison: “shiro” meaning head and “dhara”, which means to flow. Conceptually, the idea aims to bring physical and emotional balance to an individual’s being. This is achieved through the use of a steady and focused stream of warm, herbalized oil poured over the client’s forehead – or “third eye” – for an extended period of time. Vasant Lad, a highly accomplished Ayurvedic physician, has stated that oil has similarities to amniotic fluid and has the ability to recreate the feeling of being back in your mother‘s womb. Pouring oil over the “third eye” takes us back to the memory of intrauterine life, which in itself is a profound journey. This technique is traditionally used to calm and restore nerves, release pent up emotions and purify the mind. Shirodhara works exceptionally well in cases of anxiety, fatigue, mental exhaustion, excessive thinking and other problems associated with the fast and detrimental pace of modern life. Additionally, it is beneficial for treating many diseases of the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat, as well as nervous system disorders like facial palsy and paralysis. Perhaps most interestingly, the yogis of India have in the past and continue to utilize shirodhara to achieve higher states of consciousness.

For many common and not so common disorders, Ayurveda holds the key to profound healing; Shirodhara is one of the Ayurvedic tools that when administered regularly, can do wonders.

Blind Spa: In the Land of Massage, the No-eyed Man is King

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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India is the country with the largest blind population in the world. Of the nearly 40 million blind individuals across the globe, 15 million of them are Indians. How is this possible? India has a severe shortage of optometrists and ophthalmologists, and it also suffers from a lack of donated eyes with which to treat corneal blindness. The truly sad part is that with the majority of cases in India, blindness could have been avoidable if proper care were received.

As with many disabilities, there is a stigma associated with blindness in India; one that prevents the blind from being fully accepted in society, and allowing them to live full and productive lives. The truth is, blind individuals are an incredible resource of untapped potential and one field in which they are being trained is that related to the spa. India is the birthplace of Ayurveda – a comprehensive system of holistic medicine designed to facilitate optimal physical, mental and spiritual well being – and it remains the premier destination in the world for such treatments. An integral part of Ayurveda is massage and many blind individuals are proving to be gifted in this art and science.

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Ancient Wisdom: Ayurvedic Massage

Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

India, the country that invented algebra, trigonometry and developed that little mathematical constant known as pi, is also the country that formulated the world’s first dynamic system of medicine, known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda, the study of the science of life, offers natural, preventive and curative measures to facilitate optimal physical, mental and spiritual well being. Among the numerous components of Ayurveda are proper diet, yoga, meditation and massage. Ayurvedic massage is believed to not only provide therapy to muscles, joints and bones, but it’s also thought to help eradicate emotional and mental problems as well.

All massage treatments in Ayurveda are prescribed based upon dosha type (bodily constitution), which a trained Ayurvedic doctor can determine. The three doshas in Ayurveda are Vata (dryness, coolness), Pitta (heat, absorption) and Kapha (water, lubrication). Everyone is made up of all three doshas, but most people have more of one or two. Such an imbalanced state does not facilitate optimal health; tri- dosha balance, according to Ayurveda, is the well-being that everyone should seek. Ayurvedic massage is one of the tools that can be utilized to help achieve this balance.

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