Have you ever had a spa day and wanted to try something different? Something healing? Then you should try Ayurveda. For your next spa day, try and look for Ayurveda centres close to you. Ayurveda is a whole system of medicine and health that has been practised for centuries, and trying it out can only help your physical well-being. But before you jump in, here are a few things you should know.
What exactly is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a system of natural medicine from India, and it has been practised there for millennia. It is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, and is based on the idea of “balance”. Ayurvedic medicine is based more around preventative healthcare than curing disease, and has been recommended as a good alternative to more Western medicine, especially in the treatment of lifestyle and genetic conditions.
Ayurveda holds that the human body is made of five elements—space, air, fire, water, and earth—which combine to form the three doshas—Vata dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha. If the balance of these doshas is affected, you are likely to feel ill, and Ayurvedic medicine ensures that these doshas stay balanced.
How does treatment work?
Usually with oral medicines, massages, lifestyle changes, yoga, and more, all using herbs, spices and other natural medicines.
What does Ayurveda in a Spa look like? I’m not after medication.
Well, a lot of spas like to use Ayurvedic massages because they are key to the preventative therapies the system is based on. Ayurvedic massages can help relax and rejuvenate you, and can even be good to treat injuries, headaches and stress-related issues.
What Ayurvedia spa offerings should I try?
Shirodhara is perhaps the most well-known Ayurvedic therapy in the world, and for good reason—it is very effective. During this therapy, a specially blended herbal oil is dripped slowly on to your forehead, into one of your main chakras. The therapy is often described by people as soporific and relaxing, and has been known to have good therapeutic effects on eye health, stress, and tension headaches.
This is a technique that uses special herbal oils to rejuvenate your chakras, or centres of energy in your body. Usually, the marma technique is offered in tandem with a longer massage.
Though the exact therapy varies from spa to spa, the Gandharva therapy generally helps your body heal using sound as well as massage. Using singing bowls, and other rhythmic sounds, the therapist will give you a massage with herbal oils.
• Dosha-Specific massages
As Ayurveda is all about keeping your doshas in balance, you might be able to get a dosha specific massage after consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor. The dosha specific massage uses different herbal oils suited to different doshas to help detox and completely relax your body. It also helps maintain balance.
Remember, though Ayurveda has massages as part of its treatments, it is a whole medical system. Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are all an integral part of Ayurveda. Ask your spa if they also offer yoga in tandem with their Ayurveda treatments, or if they have a diet plan. Following more of the Ayurveda system will only benefit your physical well-being.