Abhyanga (loosely translating to “oil massage”) is a type of traditional Ayurvedic massage of the body with Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil. The oil is commonly pre-mixed with herbs for specific conditions. Traditionally, the base oil used is sesame.
Shirodhara is a safe option to improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety and mental stress. The calming effect produced by Shirodhara is very similar to obtained with meditation. Shirodhara is suitable for any dosha or constitution however there are some contraindication. Shirodhara should not be given to woman in third trimester of pregnancy and to those with a rash or sunburn on the forehead or scalp.
Other contraindications include brain tumor, recent neck injury, abrasions or cut on the head, acute illness, fever, nausea, vomiting, severe weakness, exhaustion, fainting or spontaneous sweating.
Steam Therapy or ‘Swedana’ is an ancient and traditional healing system technology that has its roots all over the world. From Turkish baths to Finnish saunas, there are a plethora of societies that take advantage of this rejuvenating therapy. In Ayurvedic medicine, the term ‘Swedana’ refers to the treatment which involves sweating. This treatment is used to relieve the excess doshas or toxin from the body. This helps the person to establish a state of balance and also promote general health and well being.