Treatments

Ayurvedic Consultations

 

A 60  minutes consultation; an opportunity to assess your current physical, mental and spiritual routines, your prakruti (fundamental state of balance) and your vikruti (current imbalance). 

We will begin with a focus on your individual constitution and the basics of Ayurveda.  You will be introduced to new practices as part of your plan for achieving balance.  Practices may include the use of herbs, meditation, yoga, dietary adjustments and breathing exercises all designed to further your awareness and ability to bring balance to your life. 

Your progress will be supported through emails and telephone conversations, post consultation and periodic 45 min, follow-up sessions will be recommended to monitor and support your progress.  In this way, you can integrate lifestyle changes over time and we can make any adjustments needed in your program.

 

£35 Please ask about home visits

 

Abhagaya (a full body, herbal oil massage)
 

Abhyanga means the application of medicated oil. The oil chosen should be according to one's constitution (prakruti), age, season, vikruti (changed condition) and environment. Before abhyanga an Ayurvedic consultation will be done for the correct choice of oil and technique.

The aim of abhyanga is to achieve the balance of energies within the body and for this the study of your prakruti (your body constitution) is essential. To achieve this balance Abhyanga uses a variety of medicated oils and powders and herbs which vary according to the needs of your constitution and the present condition.

A full body Abhyanga will concentrate on the back, arms, hands, legs, feet, shoulders, neck and head.

 

£45 1.5 hours (includes a 30-minute consultation) Please ask about home visits

 

Shirodhara
 

A process of running a fine stream of warm oil on the head or forehead.

The classical Ayurvedic texts have mentioned the use of Shirodhara therapies for conditions related to the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat and the nervous system. Its therapeutic utility is mentioned in the classical Ayurvedic texts, for Vata related conditions like insomnia, anxiety amongst others.

During this therapy, medicated oil is poured on the forehead between the eyebrows in a gentle stream. The oil will be chosen depending on the condition and constitution.

 

£35  1 hour (includes a 30 min. consultation and a gentle shoulder neck and head massage prior to the Shirodhara)  Please ask about home visits

 

Kati Basti
 

Ayurvedic Kati-Basti Therapy offers a very effective approach using a topical oil retention dam for alleviating disorders associated with the lower back and lower abdomen, also knows as swadhisthana, the sacral chakra. Sciatica, lower back pain, hip pain, constipation and reproductive disorders can be remedied by using this ancient oil technique called Basti.

It is an important therapy utilised in Ayurveda to apply diffused medicated herbal oils, herbs, ghee, milk, water or essential oils directly on the area of the body treated. This practice allows the herbs to deeply immerse into the tissues for a therapeutic effect. A dough dam is placed on the body, which is used to contain the oil for the treatment, allowing the recipient to receive the warm oils for deeper nourishment.  Oil is lipophilic, which means it can dissolve oil-like toxins that are stored in certain tissues in the body that are plagued with pain. Pain is always associated with toxins, so this therapy is a form of detoxification in order to remove pain in specific areas of the body. 

 

£35 1 hour (includes a 30 min. consultation). Please ask about home visits

 

Shiro Abhyanga
 

The head is the centre of the whole nervous system. It is the first organ, which is formed in the process of foetus development. The top of the cranium is called Brahmarandhara in yoga and is also known as the 'tenth gate'.

 

As we all know all the important structures like cerebrum, cerebellum, midbrain, pons and sense organs like eyes, nose, ears, tongue and skin are located in the head.

According to the classical Ayurvedic texts, massage of the head provides nourishment to all vital organs and promotes their natural and normal function.

The classical Ayurvedic texts have said that Shiro Abhyanga has been known to be useful for the prevention and cure of headaches, strengthening the roots and helping in reducing hair fall and strengthening growth, prevents and cures premature greying of hair and it endows a person with sound sleep.

The classical Ayuervedic texts have further extolled the virtues of Shiro Abhyanga, by stating the benefits of relaxing the muscles and fibres and thus refreshing the mind and body. The classical Ayurvedic texts have stated its use in relieving tension and fatigue. Shiro Abhyanga has been mentioned in the Charaka Samhita to improve circulation of the spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. It is said to increase the release of hormones and enzymes necessary for relaxation of the body. It is said to increase Prana , the subtle aspect of vata dosha, to the body. Massage, applied to the forehead and eyebrows is said to improve eyesight and power of concentration.

 

£35 1 hour (includes a 30 min. consultation). Please ask about home visits

 

 

Pinda Sweda
 

Medicinal plants which have the property of relieving pain, inflammation and stiffness are selected as per certain criteria. The leaves are minced and fried with ayurvedic oils along with other medicaments like pieces of lemon, the grating of coconuts etc. These medicines are then tied up in a cloth in the form of a bolus. The bolus containing leaves and herbs are dipped in warm medicated oil and massaged on the affected parts or whole body. This massaging exercise is said in the classical Ayurvedic texts to rejuvenate and strengthen the joints and soft tissues and can improve the blood circulation. Leaves of medicinal plants like Shingru, Nirgundi, Shireesha and Eranda are generally used to make the cloth bolus.

 

The classical Ayurvedic texts have mentioned the use of Pinda Sweda in conditions like chronic back pain, arthritis, muscular pain, spondylosis, Joint stiffness, sprain, cramps.

 

Pinda Sweda will follow a full body Abhyanga and will focus on muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.

 

£45 1.5 hours (includes a 30 min. consultation) Please ask about home visits

 

Marma Therapy
 
In ancient vedictets, marma points are called bindu-dots, secret points and pathways, activating a marma point, opens into the inner pharmacy of the body. Touching a marma point changes the body's biochemistry and can unfold radical alchemical change in one's makeup. Stimulations of these inner pharmacy pathways signal the body to produce exactly what it needs, including hormones and neurochemicals tht heal the body, mind and consciousness. Marma points are an important element of Ayurveda's healing power. Taught by Dr Vasant Lad, these marma points tap into reservoirs of health and promotes health.
The energy points have a wide range of functions that affect body, mind and spirit. These energy points or marmani, facilitate cellular communication, serving as diagnostic indicators and have a virtually unlimited number of therapeutic applications, including relief of pain, detoxification, cleansing, pacifying, rejuvenating and calming the mind and emotions, enhancing awareness and serving as a vehicle of preventative care.
 
This therapy used during a full body Abhyanga activates the marma points and in the classical texts is said to have a beneficial effect on the body, mind and spirit and facilitate deepest levels of healing.
 
£45 1.5 hours (includes a 30 min. consultation) Please ask about home visits
 
Mudras
 
Discover the calming power and positive effects of mudra techniques.
Mudras-also playfully called "finger power points"-are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practised sitting, lying down, standing, or walking, at any time and place! Having worked with Dr Vasant Lad on this traditional art of healing, you can benefit from Mudra techniques  learnt and practised,  to recharge your personal energy reserves and improve your quality of life.
 
In the session, you can learn
  • The background and history of Mudras
  • How to apply these simple exercises to prevent illness and support healing of a great variety of physical and emotional problems
  • How to use mudras to promote your spiritual development
  • How you can additionally intensify the effect with breathing exercises, meditation, affirmations, visualisations, herbs, nutrition, music and colours.
 
£35 1 hour session 
 
4 sessions are recommended to get a good understanding of Mudras and to derive its benefits through practice and application of the learnings. Please ask about home visits
 
Holistic Massage
 

Modern massage based on techniques developed by Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), referred to as Swedish massage because of his influence. A system of movement developed to improve health and maintaining physical condition.  Holistic massage is beneficial to all body systems and is a natural and effective way to treat both physical conditions and psychological problems.

Holistic massage aids circulation mobilises joints and muscles, improves digestion and by helping overall relaxation improves and maintains general health.

 

£35 1 hour session (includes a 15-minute consultation). Please ask about home visits.