Archive | December, 2011

Ayurveda Spa Treatments

27 Dec

Going to a Spa soon, check out some of these treatments that are not only good for your body but for your mind as well. I have decided to focus on the treatments that follow the principles of Ayurveda.

1)  Abhyanga Massage (An Ayurvedic Spa Treatment) The traditional Abhyanga massage consist of a four-hand massage, with two people working in synchronicity. It is a heavenly massage that is rejuvenating and nurturing to the mind, body and spirit.

2)  Shirodhara- Typically administered as an add-on to a facial, massage or body treatment, shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment that consist of the slow dripping of warm oil onto the “third eye”, the spot on the forehead between and just above the eyes. It often comes at the end of the treatment and when done right it is the perfect ending, thought to clear negative energy and stress, it is incredibly hypnotically relaxing. Bonus it does double duty as a hair treatment.

3)  Sound Therapy – The sounds and vibrations of certain frequencies bring human brain waves into calming or sleep-inducing wavelengths. Although paired with another treatment, sound therapy can be administered on its own. For some people simply sitting quietly while sound reverberates through them is soothing; for others it may feel like a non-treatment.

4)  Seaweed Wrap – The iodine in seaweed helps stimulate the metabolic processes, causing the skin to sweat and release toxins. As heat opens the pores, natural antioxidants and minerals from the seaweed are absorbed. The result: baby soft skin and a slimmer, more toned look, for about a day.

5)  Reiki – Reiki masters channel what they call “universal healing energy” into your body, clearing up negative energy, stress and in some cases physical ailments. If you are open to energy healing, it can be amazing on its own or take a great massage to a whole new level.

6)  Chakra Balancing – Ayurveda points to seven chakras on a person that are junctions between the mind and the body and link our physical, energetic, emotional, mental, social and spiritual selves. To bring the chakras into balance, massage therapist use a mix of techniques, including reflexology, energy work, and the use of stones or crystals placed along the chakras. Usually moving from bottom to top, the therapist works with one chakra at a time, explaining the chakra to you and giving you a chakra related color to focus on while the therapist works on a particular area

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