Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old “science of life,” aimed to prevent and heal disease or imbalances within the body. The foundation of Ayurveda resides in the belief that five master elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) comprise everything within and outside of our bodies and create three primary patterns known as doshas:
- Vata movement and change in our body and mind (space, air)
- Pitta regulates digestion and metabolism (fire, water)
- Kapha protects the integrity and structure of our body and mind (water, earth)
Every individual has a unique quantity and quality of each Dosha and underlying elements. It is important to maintain their original state of balance as it is how the body stays healthy. Our Ayurveda Body Therapists are trained to find where any imbalances may exist for you and create a customized rejuvenation therapy treatment to bring balance back to the doshas.
Now that you have a glimpse into what Ayurveda is, I’m going to walk you through my service.
PRIOR TO SERVICE: When I found out that I was getting an Ayurveda service, I felt two things: excited and anxious — not knowing what to expect going into my service.
The way I prepared for my service was to wear: no makeup, no contacts, and loose fitting clothes (preferably that are dark, you may get oil on them if you don’t shower after your service.)
DURING THE SERVICE:
After changing into a wrap and robe, my service provider led me to the treatment room. She used warm oil to preform head, neck, and shoulder massages.
After she finished the massage, went into the steam tent. This is called Swedana — or steam tent therapy. The steamer had eucalyptus oil in it, which helped open my pores and get my body ready for second a portion of the service. Next I laid on the massage table– here’s where the really unique portion of the service begins.
- First, my service provider dropped nasya (nose) oil which is comprised of: sesame and olive oil, eucalyptus, and brahmi, in my nose– which soothes and protects the nasal passages, helps to relieve sinus congestion, improves the quality of voice, strengthen vision, and promote mental clarity. Once the drops were absorbed through my sinuses, i sat up an gargled turmeric water.
- Next, while i was still sitting up, she brought over two small glasses filled with warm ghee– clarified butter made from the milk of a buffalo or cow, used in Indian cooking. With my eyes closed I placed a glass on each eye. I laid back down, still balancing the glasses over my eyes, and once I was ready she had me open up my eyes. If I’m being honest, it definitely felt strange– it was like opening your eyes under water, except the water is oily and golden. She had me perform eye movements to ensure the ghee had done it’s job– which is to moisturize and make your eyes clearer.
- Lastly, she had me lay on my side. She put drops of garlic/mullein oil into my ears. The benefit of this is easing earwax, earache, itching ears, ringing ears, and helps to prevent flus and cold. While the oil sat in my ears she gave me a fully body oil treatment.
AFTER THE SERVICE: Once the service was completed, my body felt weightless and airy. The beginning rituals with the steamer and upper body massage help to tune out outside distractions, and the full body hydration makes your skin feel moisturized & smooth.
I kept the oil on for a few hours, although ideally i would’ve loved to kept the oil on my body all day, as that really helps it absorb into your skin & hair.
Take a look at some pictures of the service…
There are many different Ayurveda service options, although if you want to target what service would be best for you, I would recommend scheduling a 30 minute consultation prior to reserving the actual service, as the Ayurveda practitioner will be able to identify what your body need to become balanced.
This blog was written by Neroli Salon & Spa Marketing Coordinator, Mary Lusiak.