Ayurveda believes every person, and everything in the world, is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called Doshas. Doshas influence how your body and mind work. There are three Doshas: Vata (composed of space and air); Pitta (composed of fire and water); and Kapha (composed of water and earth).
Each of these Doshas also controls different body function.
Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three Doshas, which is called Prakriti. There are seven different combinations that will indicate the person’s unique constitution.
It’s believed that your chances of getting sick or indeed of not feeling 100%, is linked to the Doshas being out of balance. Your current state of balance is called Vikriti and it indicates which of the Doshas might be in need of attention to regain optimal health.
To find out your Prakriti and Vikriti, a consultant will do a series of checks including pulse reading, tongue reading and a questionnaire. From this, a treatment plan can be designed taking into account into account your unique physical and emotional makeup, your primary life force, and the balance between all three of these elements.
The goal of Ayurvedic treatments is to cleanse your body of undigested food or emotions, which can stay in your body and lead to illness. The treatments can be localised for the head, hands or feet; localised for the chakras; or full body treatments such as Abhyanga or Urdvatana. There is also a wonderful treatment for the mind, Shirodhara (pictured above).
Depending on the Dosha imbalance specific medicated oils, strokes and temperature will be used on the treatment.
|Abhyanga – Whole Body Massage (1 hour)||£60|
|A relaxing massage that improves lymph flow, stimulates the immune system, detoxifies, strengthens and revitalises the entire nervous system.|
|Pristhabhyanga – Back Massage (45 minutes)||£47|
|A muscle-relaxing and revitalising massage to relieve backache, and release tensions and strains.|
|Pada abhyanga – Foot Massage (30 minutes)||£34|
|This Ayurvedic foot massage is highly relaxing ideal for people that need to revitalise their legs and feet. By stimulating key marma points, foot massages not only reignite the digestive system but also calms the nervous system. It’s also suitable for pregnant ladies. The Ayurvedic oils help to revitalise, relax, and harmonise the entire body.|
|Hasta Abhyanga – Hand Massage (30 minutes)||£34|
|This calming and soothing Ayurvedic Hand Massage provides a relief for anyone suffering from stress and insomnia. It is also ideal for people that have repetitive strain injury (RSI).|
|Nabhi Abhyanga – Abdominal Massage (45 minutes)||£47|
|A non-invasive massage technique to the abdomen that helps to detox the digestive system, tone the abdominal organs and assists in weight loss around the stomach area. It also includes a massage on the side body and lower back.|
|Pinda Sveda Herbal Bolus (1 hour)||£77|
|A rejuvenating, strengthening, and nourishing massage which uses cotton poultice bags filled with specially selected herbs which are pressed gently over the body. It helps to alleviate muscle and joint pain, tensions, and stress.|
|Basti treatments (45 minutes)||£45|
|A unique localised warm oil treatment, which can be helpful in treating localised ailments, chronic pain, nerve disorders, and sciatica.|
|Udvartana – Herbal Body-Scrub Massage (1 hour)||£69|
|Exfoliating massage using finely ground Ayurvedic herbs, including exotic sandalwood with precious herb-infused oils, to make the skin soft and give it a lustrous glow.|
|Shirodhara – Forehead oil flow treatment (1 hour)||£68|
|A blissful treatment involving a steady stream of warm oil being gently poured in a rhythmical movement over the central Chakra point on the forehead. Deeply relaxing, this treatment can help to remove stress.|
|Mukhabhyanga – Face lift massage (30 minutes)||£34|
|This massage relaxes the face muscles and stimulates facial microcirculation and lymph flow, thereby promoting the regeneration of healthy, younger looking skin.|
|Shiroabhyanga – Head and shoulders massage (45 minutes)||£47|
|This intensely relaxing and revitalising massage nourishes both hair and roots. It includes the neck and shoulders and also the face.|