Ayurveda is one of the great gifts of the sages of ancient India to mankind. I t is one of the oldest scientific medical systems in the world, with a long record of clinical experience. However, it is not only a system of medicine in the convent ional sense of curing disease. I t is also a way of life that teaches us how to maintain and protect health. I t shows us both how to cure disease and how to promote longevity. Ayurveda treats man as a “whole” – which is a combination of body, mind and soul. Therefore it is a truly holistic and integral medical system.
The word “Ayu” means all aspects of life from birth to death. The word “Veda” means knowledge or learning. Hence Ayurveda indicates the science by which life in its totality is understood. It is a way of life that describes the diet , medicine and behavior that are beneficial or harmful for life. The roots of Ayurveda can be traced to the beginning of cosmic creation. Indian philosophers state that Ayurveda originated from Brahma, the creator of the universe. Brahma is not a mere individual but the unmanifest from the Divine Lord, from whom the whole manifest world comes into being. The desire to maintain fitness, health and longevity is one of the basic instincts of al l creatures. Ayurveda in this respect sets the pat tern for other system of medicine. I t is a tradition with an antiquity comparable to that of life itself .
The magico-religious aspect of medicine in the Vedas was gradually supplemented by observations based on scientific thinking. Ayurvedic scholars f rom subsequent generations gave a sound and logical footing of philosophy to Ayurveda. The material scattered in the Vedas was collected, subjected to rigid tests of efficacy and systematically arranged. Such compilations were cal led ”Samhitas.” Many of these compilations no longer exist . Only three authentic works have stood the test of time and are available today – the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hridya Samhita. This great trio – the Brihatrayias it called – has enjoyed much popular ity and respect for the last two thousand years. Although these texts have undergone some modification by various authors in subsequent periods, their present form is at least 1200 years old. They are all in the Sanskrit language.
Abhyanga (Head, Face and Body Massage): A specialized whole body massage performed by therapist using specific herbal oil selected according to the body type. The treatment brings about improved physical consistency, induces deep relaxation and is very beneficial for vigor and vitality. Duration: 60 minutes
Synchronized Ayurveda massage: 2 therapists to maintain the symmetry of the body perform this massage. Using synchronized rhythmic movements, herbal oil are anointed on the body starting from the head to toes. This massage assists the f low of energy through the body and promotes relaxation. Duration: 60 minutes
Marma Therapy Massage: A healing massage using the specialized pressure point techniques on the energy gateways, the palms and soles, of the body. Massage with warm herbal oil on the body with concentration on the marma points, promotes a feeling of complete physical and mental well-being. Duration: 60 minutes
Udavartana (Dry herb invigorating massage): This dry massage starts with deep manipulation of the muscles to reduce obesity and improve mobility of the joints. This is followed by a scrub massage with ayurvedic herbs to remove dead cells and leave the skin glowing. Rhythmic strokes towards the heart promote blood circulation. The therapy ends with 15 minutes of herbal steam. Duration: 60 minutes
Pizhichil (Oil Therapy with head, face and body massage): In this therapy 3-4 liters lukewarm herbal medicated oil is poured on the whole body continuously, followed by simultaneous massage. Ideal for retards the ageing process, arrests degeneration of the body cells and relieving muscular pain, joint stiffness. Effective for Arthritis, Rheumatic diseases, Sexual weakness, Nervous weakness, and Nervous disorders. Improves Vigor and Vitality. Duration: 90 minutes
Dhara with Head, Face and Body Massage: This Treatment is a combination of Shirodhara & Abhyanga (Body massage) . From this treatment Person can get benefit of both treatments in less time and money. Duration: 90 minutes
Nasyam: A very effective treatment for migraine and certain kinds of headaches, cold and ailments above the neck. Drops of herbal juices, medicated oils are taken through the nose followed by Indian head & face massage and hot fomentation. Duration: 30 minutes
Elakizi : In this treatment the body is massaged with cloth bags (poultices) filled with powders of medicinal leaves along with warm medicated oil. This is especially for inf lammatory conditions of bones and joints, sports injuries. Duration: 10-15 minutes
Medicated Steam Bath: Herbal leaves and certain medicinal powders are boiled and that steam is passed on to the body, inducing sweat , which opens the blocked pores of the skin, thus eliminating impurities from the body through sweat glands. I t improves the tone of the body and skin. Reduces body stiffness, aches, pains, and swelling. Reduces fat from under the skin and make skin soft . A totally relaxing and refreshing experience. Duration: 10-15 minutes
Netra Tarpana: Medicated ghee is retained for prescribed time over the eyes. Strengthens optic nerve. Prevents eye diseases and gives a cooling effect to the eye. Very good to relieve eyestrain for those who work with computers. Duration: 40-45 minutes.