Abhyanga is a Sanskrit word, which means application of oil all over the body. Ancient Ayurvedic text books recommend this as an integral part of the daily routine to all who wish good health and longevity of life. It is relaxing and refreshing full body massage with medicated herbal oils to take care of physical, mental, emotional well being of the person while balancing the doshas.
After the procedure the person is directed to take an herbal steam bath to revitalize and relax the body. It makes you light, fresh and recharged.
Duration of the treatment: 60 minutes
Ayurveda classical texts state that abhyanga when performed daily has following benefits:
• Delays aging
• Removes fatigue
• Pacifies Vata dosha
• Improves eyesight
• Induces longevity
• Induces sleep
•Provides resistance against disease and disharmony
• Improves complexion and luster of the skin
• Provides resistance against injuries and gives power to recover quickly
• Subsides ailments caused by Vata dosha and Kapha dosha
• Increases physical strength
• Induces longevity
Abhyangam is also an important and integral part of Panchakarma procedure as pre-operative procedure. Here the oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps thetoxins to move towards the gastrointestinal tract. This also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple.
SHIRODHARA: is a procedure, in which suitable taila is continuously poured on the fore head and then allowing the flow over the scalp from a specific height. The liquids used in shirodhara depend on what is being recommended by practitioner, it can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even cold water. The Shirodhara technique soothes and invigorates the senses and the mind. A total feeling of wellness, mental clarity and comprehension is experienced in this process.
It gives mesmerizing and tantalizing effects, total relief from mental stress, headache, pyscological illness and anxiety. It reduces shoulder and neck pains, inhibits falling of hair and prevention of premature graying of hair.
• Thala Pothichil
• Takra Dhara
Duration of treatment:
• Premature graying of hairs
• Infirmity and emaciation
• Lack of vitality
• Pricking pains of palms and soles
• Diabetic neuropathy
• ENT diseases
• Alleviate Vata, pitta, kapha
• Improving the power of all sense organs
The word Udvartana is largely used for the most famous body treatment in Ayurveda to lose weight. It’s an Ayurvedic procedure of massaging the whole body, below the neck with oil or herb powders in a direction of opposite to the orientation of hair in the body.
It opens the circulatory channels, facilities the metabolic activity and improves the complexion of the skin. It reduces excess fat in the body, increases the stability of the extremities, promotes excellence of skin, improves the body complexion and eliminates bad body odor due to excessive sweating
Reduced cellulite/ subcutaneous fat tissue;
When taken as a part of a treatment program including a strict Ayurvedic diet plan, regular exercise or Yoga and appropriate internal Ayurvedic herbal medication as prescribed by the Ayurveda physician, it helps to reduce weight and gives a well toned body;
Beautiful skin complexion;
Cleanses and revitalizes the skin and removes body odour;
The blockages in the blood vessels are removed and pores open, removing body stiffness, facilitating better absorption of oils etc. through the skin.
Though the treatment is widely used to get a well-toned body, the actual outcome is highly individualized, based on the specific need; hence the consultation with the Ayurveda physician becomes extremely important.
Based on the consultation, the Ayurveda physician chooses the appropriate combination of herbs and oils. This combination, especially chosen for the individual (depending on his/her body constitution, climate and ailment etc.) would yield the specific result that one is looking for.
Kaya Seka or Sarvanga Dhara or Pizhichil is a special treatment procedure followed by traditional vaidyas (physicians) of Kerala. The word Pizhichil in Malayalam language literally means “squeezing”. Here the whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. This Ayurveda’s Royal Treatment is famously called as the “treatment for aristocrats”, because the treatment was especially offered to the kings in ancient times.
In this treatment, the cloths are soaked in warm medicated oil and then squeezed on to the person’s body from a height, so that oil flows in a continuous single stream along the thumb, in a downward direction. The pieces of cloth are periodically soaked in a vessel containing warm oil. Gentle massage is given following the path of the oil stream. Trained therapists under the supervision of a physician perform the treatment. The patient should be made to adopt the seven standard positions, so that no area of the body is left uncovered. After the completion of the procedure, the person is made to take rest, by covering the body with a thick blanket for 30 minutes, before taking a bath in hot water.
Duration of the treatment: 45 minutes
• Relieves body pain and muscle spasms
• Helps in healing bone injuries
• Increases immunity and prolongs life span
• Promotes normal development of muscle mass
• Improves skin complexion
• Has anti-aging treatment
• Improves blood circulation
• Very soothing , relaxing and rejuvenating treatment
It is very effective in the following conditions:
• Neurological disorders
• Ankylosing spondilitis
• Burning sensation all over the body
• Nervous weakness
• Sexual weakness
• Rheumatic diseases
• Paralysis (Hemiplegia and paraplegia)
• Parkinson s disease
This procedure is popularly called as kriyakalpa for eye diseases in Ayurveda. Kriyakalpa literally means treatment. Akshitarpana is an eye care treatment and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda. This is ideally prescribed after a course of a body detox program preferably, Virechana (therapeutic purgation) and a course of Nasyam (nasal instillation of medicated drops).
• The person is made to lie down over back on the Droni (massage table)
• The dough ring prepared out of blackgram is applied around the eyeball
• The dosha specific medicated ghee is made lukewarm (around 27 degree Celsius)
• The ghee is poured into the cavity with the eyes closed,till it covers the eyelashes.
• The person is instructed to blink the eyes
• At the end of the procedure the ghee and the ring are removed; eyes are wiped with cotton swab
• The person is made to sniff the medicated smoke with closed eyes
• He is advised to avoid bright light soon after the procedure
Duration of the treatment: 30 minutes
• Balances Vata and pitta doshas.
• Improves the vision
• Removes dark circles under the eyes.
• Revitalizes and rejuvenates tired, dry , rough and injured eyes
• Strengthens the nerves and muscles of the eyes
• Eye strain due to constant glaring of the computer or television screen; eye strain due to precision job like jewellery designing; long distance drive
• Prevents formation of cataract
• Burning in the eyes
• Dry eye syndrome
• Chronic Conjunctivitis
• Pain in the eyes
• Watering and cloudiness of the eyes
• Night Blindness
• Corneal ulcers
• Refractive errors of the eyes.
• Early stages of retinitis pigmentosa
• Early stages of retinopathy