- Ayurvedic Wellness Consultation
- Affordable Panchakarma
- Hot Stone Therapy
- Kati Basti
- Netra Tarpana
- Marma Points Massage
- Prana Energy
- Trigger Point Massage
Initial Ayurvedic Wellness Consultation
1 hour: $95
Follow-up consultation – 45 minutes: $65
During a personalized consultation, I work with each client to analyze his or her unique ayurvedic constitution (Prakriti), determine any imbalances in the three biological rhythms or forces according to ayurveda (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), and educate clients in ayurvedic living.
Clients working with me for the first time can expect the following:
Each client fills out a health history questionnaire and self-evaluation of his or her present health condition. During an initial consultation, we discuss the questionnaire and evaluation and address any questions or concerns. I use the ancient art of ayurvedic pulse technique to detect the causes of any deep-rooted imbalances in each client’s physiology. I then educate my client on holistic ayurvedic approaches to health, with individualized guidance according to his or her constitution and any Vata, Pitta and Kapha imbalances.
In Ayurveda, by taking a pulse examination, energy imbalances such as the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) can be analysed. The ayurvedic pulse also claims to determine the balance of prana, tejas, and ojas.
Ayurvedic pulse measurement is done by placing index, middle and ring finger on the wrist. The index finger is placed below the wrist bone on the thumb side of the hand (radial styloid). This finger represents the Vata dosha. The middle finger and ring finger are placed next to the index finger and represents consequently the Pitta and Kapha doshas of the client. Pulse can be measured in the superficial, middle, and deep levels thus obtaining more information regarding energy imbalance of the client.
Any of the following may be suggested for healthier living:
- Individualized dietary and herbal food supplement recommendations
- Breathing exercises (Pranayama)
- Hatha Yoga exercises (Asanas)
- Meditation techniques
- Gentle home detoxification techniques
- Integrated bodywork and massage
- Pranic Healing
- Physiological detoxification techniques (Panchakarma)
Abhyanga – Therapeutic Warm Herbal Oil Massage
1 hour: $95
Abhyanga – this therapeutic herbal oil massage is a gentle but firm whole body massage from head to toe. Herbal oils are chosen according to your Prakriti (psychosomatic constitution) and the type of illness.
The therapeutic warm herbal massage is done in a soft, rhythmic way about sixty minutes. After the massage, a steam bath or hot shower is highly recommended. Abhyanga massage is a deeply relaxing, rejuvenating experience. Done regularly, Abhyanga protects one from stress, anxiety, exhaustion and Vata (neuro-muscular) imbalances. It nourishes the body, extends the life span, provides good sleep, improves the skin’s texture, improves vision and provides better physical stability.
Abhyanga warm herbal oil massage therapy is the best way to control and balance Vata in the body. Vata is the predominant entity in the sense of touch, and skin is the organ of touch. Warm herbal oil massage therapy focusing on aligning the deep layers of muscles and connective tissue (called fascia) through kneading and applying slow, intense pressure. Benefits include improved range of motion and posture, and stress and pain relief.
Swedana – Steam infused with herbal aromatic oils
20 minutes: $40
The treatments found in ayurveda date back thousands of years, and Swedana is no exception. In this treatment you sit for 15-20 minutes in an herb-infused steam tent. The use of heat and steam to encourage sweating has long been recognized as a natural and effective way to encourage the process of detoxification. The special customized herbal aromatic oils infused with steam help to stimulate oxygen flow throughout the body, while the steam activates the natural sweating process, which is essential for releasing accumulated toxins. The skin will carry the healing aroma of the herbs throughout the following 24 hours or so. This process helps to restore unbalanced doshas back to their natural state.
Upalepa – Herbal paste massage
1 hour: $95
Finely ground Ayurvedic herbs and aromatic sandalwood powder are mixed with precious ayurvedic oils and gently massaged into the skin. This results in the stimulation of the energy flow in the body, the detoxification and nourishment of body tissues, the activation of the skin’s natural metabolism and also the improvement of lymph flow. Upalepa is followed by Udvartana (described below)
Garshan – Raw silk glove stimulating massage
1 hour: $80
The Garshan massage is ideally suited to Kapha dosha types. During this stimulating massage, raw silk gloves are worn by the practitioner in order to create friction on the surface of the skin. The friction increases blood circulation, helping to oxygenate the cells and stimulate the removal of accumulated toxins. It promotes weight loss and clears away clogging impurities that might cause problems such as cellulite. Garshan is followed by abhyanga oil massage and is then typically followed by Swedana (steam box treatment) to further stimulate detoxification of the cells and pores through sweating. It also improves the tone of the skin, improves digestive capacity, awakens the energy sources, and alleviates sluggishness.
Udvartana – Herbal paste exfoliating massage
1 hour: $80
The Udvartana massage is ideally suited to Kapha dosha types. During this exfoliating massage, raw silk gloves are worn by the practitioner in order to create friction on the surface of the skin. An herbal paste prepared according to the client’s particular prakriti (mind-body-sprit constitution) and imbalances is applied. The herbal paste deeply cleanses and rejuvenates the skin and lymphatic system. Udvartana is followed by abhyanga oil massage and is then typically followed by Swedana (steam box treatment) to further stimulate detoxification of the cells and pores through sweating. The Udvartana massage cleanses and refines the skin structure and gives the skin a soft, silky texture and lustrous glow. It is advised for persons with Kapha dosha imbalance, reducing excess weight, relieving stiffness in the joints and muscles, and to improve muscle strength. It also improves the tone of the skin, improves digestive capacity, awakens the energy sources, and alleviates sluggishness.
The simple and effective therapeutic herbal massage the whole body below the neck with oil or powders of healing herbs in a direction opposite to the orientation of hair towards to the heart chakra in the body is called as Udvartana. Udvartana opens the circulatory channels, invigorates the marma points, facilitates the metabolic activity, improves the complexion of the skin and vigor and vitality of mind-body. The whole body is gently massaged with medicated powders prepared with various herbs. This helps to reduce fat patches from the body known as cellulite’s, strengthen the muscles, improves blood circulation and eases joint pains. Regular Udvartana is good for not only cellulite’s but also helps to lose weight by increasing the basal metabolic rate.
Vishesh – Deep tissue herbalized oil massage
1 hour: $95
Vishesh is a rhythmic deep tissue massage using herbalized oils blended according to a client’s unique constitution and imbalances. Vishesh massage dissolves and cleanses ama from the tissues and stimulates the lymphatic system. Removing blockages with this deep tissue massage increases blood flow, improves digestion, and awakens energy sources and deeper levels of consciousness.
Hot Stone Therapy – Hot Stone Massage
1 hour: $95
The therapeutic hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat for longer period of time.The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range according to individual body type. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.
The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.Placing stones on some points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to re balance the body and mind. The warmth of the hot stones massage to be comforting and get it for relaxation.
Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet (particularly poor circulation). It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.
Shirodhara – Herbal oil stream on forehead
1 hour: $95
Shirodhara is one of the most wonderful, relaxing ayurvedic therapies. Warm herbal oil is gently drizzled onto the forehead for about 45 – 60 minutes. This delightful sensation melts away all chatter and mental activity, leaving the mind calm, cooled and refreshed. This treatment nourishes the five senses by focusing on the ‘marma points’, many of which are located around the head. These points, when gently massaged, have a hugely calming and balancing effect throughout the body and nervous system. The oils used for this treatment are specifically chosen according to your dominant dosha constitution type.
Shiro – Head massage
45 minutes: $60
The gentle but firm, relaxing massage movements of Abhyanga (special massage technique) are provided to the entire head, neck and shoulders. This loosens tight muscles and encourages much-needed blood circulation, flooding the head with oxygen-rich blood and helping to remove harmful toxins. It is beneficial for deep relaxation, balancing the nervous system, improving and enhancing sensory perception, improving blood circulation to the brain, strengthening hair roots and improving the hair’s condition, and promoting natural detoxification of the lymph glands around the neck and axilla.
45 minutes: $70
Kati Basti is a therapeutic bodywork during which herbalized oil is poured on the lumbar region to alleviate chronic low back pain, spasms, tightness, stiffness, inflammation, soreness of muscles, degenerative problems, and nerve pains. The back is warmed with hot aroma therapy oils and towels, and back is bathed in warm, herbal oil is poured into a dough dam built on your lower back. The warm herbal oil slowly absorb into the lower back area. The dough dam is removed and you finish with a full back massage with warm therapeutic herbal oil. A series of these treatments is amazingly beneficial in relaxing the entire body.
Netra Tarpana / Netra Basti / Aschyatana
45 minutes: $70
Netra Tarpana is a special Ayurvedic therapy for the eyes. It relieves tiredness and also improves eyesight. It is highly recommended for people who regularly work at computers, operate machinery, drive for long periods, or anyone who is currently suffering from tired, aching and sore eyes. This Ayurvedic treatment for eyes is carried out in combination with a face massage and is experienced by our clients as being very enjoyable, relaxing and effective. Freshly made dough rings filled with fragrant oils are placed around the eyes, and cow’s ghee (clarified butter) is gently poured onto the eyes while they are kept open. Netra Tarpana takes approximately 45 minutes in total.
Marma Points Massage
50 minutes: $95
Marma (meaning “hidden” or “secret” in Sanskrit) are vital points in the body where tremendous energy or prana resides. Often, these points are blocked with impurities and toxins that build up through the stress and strains of daily life, unhealthy eating habits and more. The marma points are opened, cleansed and stimulated with using rhythmic, circular movement and herbalized oils blended to your particular constitution and imbalances. A subtle and delicate treatment, marma points massage can provide a deep sense of calm, rejuvenation and awareness.
Prana Energy (Qi Energy)
20 minutes / $20
Helps to activate cellular energy, spinal balancing, improve the immune system, improve blood circulation and production, restore balance to the autonomic nervous system, and gently exercise the internal organs of body.
1 hour: $60
Meditation is described as a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness. Our effortless therapeutic meditation and relaxation techniques are advised for individuals according to their doshic imbalances. Meditation techniques have been practiced for over 5, 000 years and are one of the components of ayurvedic healing in bringing the mind to a state of balance. Meditation has also become a mainstream of Western culture and can be used for therapeutic benefit, personal development, and to focus the mind.
1 hour: $60
Reflexology is the application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to effect corresponding parts of the body.
Reflexologists view the feet and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying these techniques, a reflexologist can unlock the patterns of stress in other parts of the body and advise simple remedies to correct the imbalances.
Trigger Point Massage Therapy
30 minutes: $60
Trigger Point (Myofascial) Massage
A trigger point is an area of hyper-irritability within soft tissue structures. It is characterized by local tenderness and sometimes referred phenomena. These referred sensations can include pain, tingling, numbness, burning or itching. Not all trigger points refer pain, some are just localized. Each person is different depending on his or her imbalances. Localized areas of deep tenderness and increased tissue resistance often produce referred pain.
The origin of the trigger point is thought to be changes in the chemical balance in a local area, irritating the sensory systems.
Active Trigger Points (ATPs):
Active trigger points cause immediate pain, prevent muscles from fully lengthening, and sometimes produces weakness.
Latent Trigger Points (LTPs):
These are unnoticed by the person until pressure is applied and are not actively painful. Usually, latent trigger points feel dense and fibrous.
Characteristics and Nature of Trigger Points:
Trigger points may be associated with a deficiency of Vitamin B6. Generally, after trauma or stressful conditions, trigger points mostly develop due to the body’s lack of B6, Magnesium, or Vitamin C. Trigger points may also develop due to underlying visceral disease, arthritic conditions, or some chronic diseases or autoimmune disorders.
Created by Michiel Akkerman.
Special Thanks to Michiel Akkerman for creating a wonderful animated video. Very informative and educational, this video is a short explanation and introduction to trigger points. Many health and pain problems, like frozen shoulder, chronic neck stiffness and migraine are related to trigger points. People can learn how to effectively treat trigger points themselves. I hope to show you in this video that trigger points are a fact, not a theory.
To learn more about all the specific trigger points and how to treat them I recommend “The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook” by Clair Davies. This book also tells about causes of trigger points and more. For more advanced information about trigger points (requires basic knowledge) I recommend the book “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction” by Travell & Simons. Please don’t mind my foreign accent :).
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