Incredible Wellness via Ayurveda

The secret of achieving harmony in life’s pursuits is a wellness healing modality that is practiced in India, called Ayurveda. It is a form of natural healing that rejuvenates the body, mind and soul through various forms of physical movement, controlled breathing, meditation and herbal treatments.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing modality. In Sanskrit “Ayu” means “life” as a combination of the mind, body and soul. The word “Veda” translates from Sanskrit to the concept of “knowledge.” It provides a sense of wellness by balancing the body with knowledge to remediate the causes of illness. It is an art of herbal healing that includes medicinal and massage therapies.

One treatment in Ayurveda involves pouring warm medicated oil in an even stream to the third eye or forehead to pacify and revitalize the mind and body.

Pure meditation is another Ayurvedic path to wellness and tranquility. There are several techniques of meditation but they all have one thing in common: focusing on quieting the busy mind. The concept is not to remove stimulation but rather to direct concentration to one healing element; one sound, one word, one image or one’s breath.

Yoga is system of exercises for physical and mental well-being. It combines stylized poses with deep breathing and meditation. It was developed 5,000 years ago and is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “to join together.” The ultimate aim of yoga is to unite the human soul with the universal spirit.

In yoga there are seven chakras, which translate into “wheels of light.” These chakras are arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the top of the head and are thought of as spinning vortexes of energy. Each chakra is associated with the physical part of your body, your emotions, your body’s organs, different colors, one of the five senses, the earth’s elements and particular types of food.

This is just a brief explanation of ways that Ayurveda can bring health and wellness into your life.

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Traditional Ayurveda Treatments

Massages, body wraps, floral baths and herbs have their place on a typical Indian spa menu- yet many Ayurveda and holistic therapies may be less familiar to visitors to an Ayurveda health center. Here is a primer on some of the more traditional treatments that await spa adventurers in America and India.

Abhyanga: In this 60-minute or 90 minute full body massage, traditionally performed by two therapist, guests are anointed with body-specific herbal oils, then relaxed with rhythmic, push-pull massage movements.

Njavarakizhi: A treatment for sports injuries, joint pain and certain skin disorders, this massage is done with small linen bags filled with cooked Njavara rice, which stimulates circulation and detoxification. This procedure is highly rejuvenating and nourishing and prepares the body to tackle stress.

Pizhichil: In this combination of two classic Ayurveda treatments, lukewarm herbal oil is applied all over the body with fresh linens, while trained masseurs work together in a rhythmic pattern for one to two hours. This is considered to be a natural way to purify the body and build up immunity.

Shirodhara: Popular in many Western spas, this treatment for headaches, insomnia and tension involves pouring lukewarm herbal oils in a slow, steady stream on the forehead, while a gentle head massage helps to revitalize the body and mind.