×

Warning

JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 31566
Sunday, 25 February 2007 12:29

Ayurveda Healing

Written by  

Ayurveda is the traditional holistic medical system that originated in India some 3000 to 5000 years ago. Derived from Sanskrit roots, ‘ayus’ (life) and ‘ved’ (knowledge) means “Knowledge of Life.” Ayurveda is based on the belief that the natural state of the body is one of balance between the mind, body, and soul. The fundamental belief of Ayurveda is that the power to heal lies within the individual. Based on the principle that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment, Ayurveda views symptoms of disease as the body’s normal way of communicating disharmony.

Ayurveda does not approach the cure of a disease as much as it approaches the cure of the person who has the disease.
The aim of Ayurveda is to achieve and maintain health by reaching a state of balance or equilibrium among the three doshas, called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas govern all bodily functions. In Ayurveda, when the body doshic balance of Vata-Pitta-Kapha is agitated the individual may become unwell. All physical manifestations of disease are a result from imbalances in the doshas.

Ayurveda Spa Treatment
A visit to an Ayurvedic spa can be a transforming experience. Typically, an Ayurvedic spa offers a range of healing therapies to balance the doshas including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Diet
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Healing through Music
  • Yoga

Sri Lanka and India are renowned for Ayurvedic spas that offer the above programs. A visit to an Ayurvedic spa in these countries gives an authentic experience of this ancient medical wisdom.

Eight Fold Classification of Ayurveda

Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Terminology

English Translation

Kayachikitsa

Internal Medicine and therapeutics

Kaumar-bhritya

Gynecology-obstetrics, Pediatrics

Shalyatantra

Surgery

Shalakyatantra

ENT (ear, nose, throat), Ophthalmology

Bhutavidya

Spiritual therapy, psychiatry

Vishatantra

Toxicology

Rasayana

Rejuvenation therapy

Vajikarana

Virilification therapy/Aphrodisiacs

Physician Consultation
Typically, an Ayurvedic spa has a physician who gives initial and ongoing consultations to patients. After identifying a client’s constitutional type and imbalances, the physician prescribes a combination of Ayurvedic treatments, including herbal remedies, lifestyle and dietary modifications, meditation and Yoga postures, breathing exercises, and cleansing measures.
For example, if you are found to be suffering from excess Kapha, you may have a slow metabolism and perhaps be overweight. The practitioner might suggest that you start an exercise routine and choose light foods over heavy foods to improve your diet.
Vata types, on the other, hand are usually thin and tend to be prone to nervous disorders such as anxiety and insomnia. If you are suffering from excess Vata, an Ayurvedic practitioner might recommend that you keep a regular routine by eating at set intervals and going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day.
If you are a Pitta type you are probably in good shape but may be subject to moodiness, heartburn, and hemorrhoids. If you suffer from excess Pitta, the Ayurvedic physician may ask you to give up alcohol and fried foods to avoid stressful situations.

Ayurvedic Treatments
Ayurveda remedies are simple and natural, using common household herbs strategies such as a warm bath and soothing herbal tea. Some of the Ayurveda treatments include:

  • Body synchronous massages
  • Herbal baths
  • Flower baths
  • Facial cosmetic treatments
  • Lymph stimulation massages
  • Body peeling
  • Purgation
  • Daily meditation
  • Sirobhyanga (head massage)
  • Karna Parna (filling the ears with medicated oil)
  • Panchakarma
  • Kaya Kalpa

Panchakarma
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma or “five therapies” are a specialized treatment consisting of internal detoxification and balancing of doshas or three energies of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Panchakarma cleanses and rejuvenates the body, mind, and consciousness.
Panchakarma is a deep cleansing process, unique to Ayurveda, which enables the body to release excess doshas and toxins from its cells. Panchakarma consists of medicated emesis (vamana) to remove excess Kapha, therapeutic purgation (Viracana) to clear excess Pitta, medicated enema (Vasti) to eject excess Vata, nasal drops (Nasya) for disease of the head and neck, and bloodletting (Raktamokshana) in case of blood disorders.

Ayurveda Herbal Bath
Herbal leaves and roots are boiled and the water is poured on the patients. Different types of herbal water are used according to any prevalent ailment and the condition of the patient. The herbal bath is good for joint pains and muscle tension.

Sirobhyanga (Head Massage)
The head is the most important organ of the body. Therefore, head massage provides nourishment to all the sense organs and promotes their normal and natural functions. Its benefits are:

  • Prevents and cures headaches
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Prevents premature graying hair
  • Makes the hair roots strong
  • Promotes a healthy complexion on the face

Ayurveda and Beauty
In Ayurveda, the inner and outer radiance and aging are closely related. The secret in retaining youth and beauty is ensuring the proper circulation of vital life fluids and the regular discharge of waste materials through therapies such as Panchakarma. In the Ayurvedic tradition massage is considered just as essential to overall health and beauty as good diet and positive lifestyle. An Ayurvedic facial massage activates deep centers of the brain, reflex points, and facial circulation to completely soothe the body. Tensions in the neck, shoulders, and face are freed and energy is rebalanced from head to toe. Herbal extracts and essential oils are added for their additional healing properties and pleasant fragrances.

Ayurveda Diet
Ayurveda diet is high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other naturally fiber-rich and wholesome foods which provide lasting energy throughout the day and keep the body toned and radiant. Fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive tract. Vegetable proteins, on the other hand, fully nourish the body, being quickly and efficiently metabolized. Ayurveda has the means of making meals more digestible with such spices as garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper. In Ayurveda a very low salt diet is suggested whenever there are skin problems. Strong stimulants or depressants such as coffee, sodas, and alcohol stress the body’s organs and make the skin loose and flabby. Fresh organic foods are nutritionally the richest, coming from healthy soils and thus, carry the strongest vital energy. A vegetarian diet is recommended.
Receiving an Ayurvedic treatment surpasses massages. Ayurveda is a philosophy of living. In Ayurveda, healing each condition comes with not only medication and herbal formulas, but also other measures like special diets, exercise and yoga, relaxation therapies like massages, musical healing, and art therapy. Together with medicinal treatment, changing your daily routine can help you improve health and live harmoniously in your surroundings with nature.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to one of our monthly plans to continue reading this article.

Related items

  • Successful Upselling Foreward Successful Upselling Foreward
     
     


    Upselling and add-ons – a challenging subject to talk about even in the best of times. But here we are in the middle of an economic crisis, so you must be asking yourself how we could possibly consider this a reasonable topic when you are just happy you are able to sustain your clientele. Many of you are probably thinking there is no way you would jeopardize that relationship by asking the client to spend more money. All of which are perfectly reasonable thoughts and questions. However, I will ask you to put them in a box briefly, clear your mind, and be open to consideration for just a moment.

    Let me give you an example of an effective suggestion that happens millions of times, everyday, all around the world. You go to your favorite restaurant; you sit down, and look over the menu. Your server comes to the table and takes your order, you tell him what you would like and he confirms your order then says, “Would you like a salad with that tonight, or can I interest you in a glass of wine?” A perfectly harmless question, that was neither painful nor offensive. At worst you say “No, thank you.” At best, he just enhanced your dining experience, increased your bill, and ultimately his tip. Job well done!

  • Creating the Ideal Retail Mix - December 2008 Creating the Ideal Retail Mix - December 2008
    by Melinda Minton

    Selling retail is an essential part of a well run spa. This is true not only because the additional revenue is so crucial to a spa's bottom line, but also because prescriptive home care is the necessary second step to the professional care given to a client in the spa. While mastering the retail sale can be difficult from a team or individual perspective, there are methods for making your spa’s retail routine hum.

     

     

    Your Spa's Style

    Oftentimes spas try to sell a bit of everything in an attempt to accommodate everyone. This can be a fatal error. The more fragmented your retail mix the more clients and staff will be confused. There must be a driving force behind your spa philosophy. Are you primarily a spa focused in on medical skin care, contouring services, water therapies, or all organic non-ablative therapies? Before you can determine the best retail mix for your spa, you really need to dig deep and understand your theme, focus, and primary therapeutic offerings. Moreover, remember that if you can’t get the product on them in the treatment room—there is a much smaller chance that the client will be taking the product home with them for further use when not at the spa. Integrating the treatment experience with the retail experience is crucial. When determining your retail mix, be cognizant of your client. Do you primarily offer clinical services or is your treatment mix somewhat more “fluffy” or gift-oriented?

  • Deal or No Deal Deal or No Deal

    When Sarah Hughes skated off with the gold medal, she pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history. Her surprisingly simple secret? “I didn’t skate for a gold medal. I went out and had a great time.”

    Athletes say it all the time: “I just went out there and had fun.” And, admittedly, they do look like they’re having a great time.

    Fortunately, fun isn’t the sole province of superstar athletes. It can work for the rest of us in the skin care industry, too. The link between having fun and business success has been proven in countless studies. When we’re having fun on the job, we are more creative and more productive.

     

  • Sugar... Not Just for Coffee Anymore Sugar... Not Just for Coffee Anymore

    by Lina Kennedy

    A couple of decades ago, offering cream and sugar for anything other than coffee or tea would have sounded quite ridiculous! But in today’s realm of aesthetics and cosmetics promoting coffee and chocolate to soothe even the jitteriest skin, or offering sugar as a real hair removal solution to an age-old problem is very realistic. And as post treatment, applying a good trans-dermal cream to hydrate and moisturize the skin is simply a great, soothing and natural way to complete your sugaring service.

  • Jan Marini - August 2010: A Legend in Aesthetics
    By
    Jan Marini - August 2010: A Legend in Aesthetics
    Jan Marinin

     

    Those who know Jan Marini refer to her as a visionary. While Jan might agree in principle, she sees this characterization as both a strength and a weakness. She envies those who are able to savor the moment. Where others view life in snapshots that capture real time, Jan sees broad borderless landscapes and endless possibilities. She does not see a product, she sees a business and in that same instance her mind is flooded with the business plan and all the accompanying details. Even when she is not envisioning empires, she is never satisfied with the status quo.
    Given her background, perhaps this is an understandable if not necessary survival tool. Jan’s mother, Florence, was a single mom of three boys in an era when divorce carried a major stigma. Florence remarried and unexpectedly gave birth to Jan late in life. The family struggled to live a very meager existence. Her father died when she was eight years old and the family was thrust into poverty. Florence worked only menial jobs and food was often scarce. It was no wonder that Jan viewed her world not as it was, but as it might be, and that she softened the bleak reality by envisioning a larger and more optimistic scenario brimming with potential. Because of her early circumstances, Jan is adamant that in order to succeed you must be tenacious, doggedly determined, and completely focused on the ultimate goal.
    Jan describes herself as a product researcher. “Back in the early days I was considered a product ingredient expert. I lectured to medical professionals, skin care professionals, and consumers about how ingredients really performed and what they could realistically expect to provide.” She also did talk radio and T.V., because as she puts it, “consumers love to hear about ingredients and whether their products really work. It is a popular topic that lends itself to talk shows.”
Login to post comments

February 2024

Wellness Blogs

Brands of the Month

  • DMK Skin Revision Center
  • Skin Script
  • Eminence Organic Skin Care
body { overflow-y: auto; } html, body { min-width: unset; }