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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda simply means the ‘science of life’ or ‘wise living’.  The fundamental philosophy of Ayurveda is living in harmony with your true nature.  This philosophy and system of healing originated in India several thousand years ago.  The different healing practices of Ayurveda focus on purification and rejuvenation of the body through massage, nutrition and Yoga.


What is Ayurvedic Massage?

There are many different types of Ayurvedic massage that are recommended according to your Doshic constitution.  A detailed consultation will determine the correct treatment to suit your needs.  Ayurvedic massage works by stimulating the Marma points (energy centres) to enable the flow of Prana (energy) and to encourage the body’s natural healing wisdom.

Marma Abhyanga – a massage using herbal oils to suit your Doshic constitution.  This massage can be rebalancing, relaxing or stimulating depending on the individual needs. 


Pinda Sweda – herbal poultices dipped in warm oil are used to massage the body.  This massage is deeply nourishing and beneficial for aches and pain in both the muscles and joints. 

Chavutti Thiramul
– this massage originates from the Kalari tradition and is a firm massage using foot pressure.  You receive this massage whilst lying on a futon and the massage practitioner uses their feet to apply long deep strokes to the whole body to release deeply held tension.

Shirobhyanga – Indian Head Massage that focuses on the upper back, arms, neck and scalp.  You can choose to receive the treatment with herbal oil or without.

Shirodhara – a calming and meditative treatment, whereby warm herbal oil is applied in a fine continuous stream over the third eye.  The oil soaks into the hair as a conditioning treatment and the face, hands and feet are also massaged during treatment. 

Mukhabhyanga – a rejuvenating facial massage using herbal oils to treat the individual skin type.

Kansa Vataki – an Ayurvedic foot ritual using a Kansa bowl to massage the Marma points.


What are the benefits?

Ayurvedic massage can have profound effects on wellbeing.  Massage boosts the circulation, aids digestion, relaxes the muscles and by stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, speeds up the removal of toxins from the body.  At the same time the feelings of wellbeing trigger the release of endorphins – the body’s pain relieving hormones. The physical and physiological benefits of receiving massage with the use of herbal oils, promotes wellbeing for mind and body.