What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient healthcare system that uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping an individual's body in perfect equilibrium with nature. Read more.
Ayurvedic Consultation (to detect underlying health issues)
Let your healing journey at Ashiyana begin with an Ayurvedic consultation. Ayurveda is a natural healing system that has been successfully practiced in India for over 5000 years. This medical tradition states that each person’s path toward optimal health is unique, because each individual is unique. The healing programmes we offer at Ashiyana are based on effective, time-honored principles, which focus on understanding your particular body-mind constitution and the unique nature of your balance/harmony.
Each individualsed programme is formulated by our on-site Ayurvedic Practitioner, Dr. Yamuna, and is determined by an in-depth initial consultation. Your healing programme may include lifestyle modifications, dietary recommendations, herbal remedies, sound therapy, massage therapy, and other natural therapeutics offered at Ashiyana by our highly skilled staff.
The goal of all Ayurvedic programmes is to create balance so that your body’s own natural ability to heal itself can be restored/empowered.
Ayurvedic Constitution (to determine body type; dietary advice)
In this in-depth session, our resident Ayurvedic Practitioner, Dr. Yamuna, will diagnose your body constitution, or ‘prakriti’, based upon your own distinct balance of the three Doshas. Every individual has a unique composition of these energies, with most being either singular dominant (vata/pitta/kapha) or dual dominant (vatapitta/vatakapha/pittakapha). Pakriti is ‘fixed’ at the time of conception, and our health and wellbeing depends upon keeping this in balance.
Factors such as stress, unhealthy diet, weather and personal relationships can influence the balance that exists between a person’s doshas. These unbalanced energies can leave individuals more susceptible to disease and poor health.
Our Doctor will use your constitution to advise you on suitable diet, lifestyle and medicine choices tailored just for you. Ayurvedic texts recommend that to maintain harmony and balance, opposing characters to the dosha that has become aggravated (increased) or imbalanced should be used.
Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage
A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, this is the traditional Ayurvedic whole body massage. The oil that is used is decided according to your Dosha. The treatment uses long, soft and rhythmic strokes from one or sometimes two people massaging at the same time.
The benefits of regular Abhyanga massage include; increased circulation, nourishment of the tissues, improved skin texture, lubrication of joints and better sleep. Abhyanga treatment is the best way to control and balance Vata* in the body.
(* Vata is one of the Doshas according to Ayurveda relating to Air/Space elements)
Ayurvedic Head Massage
An energising shoulder, neck and head massage performed with the client sitting upright, with the therapist focusing on the upper back and head. Cold-pressed coconut oil is used, which aids in improving the vitality of the hair and scalp. The benefits of this massage include; alleviation of stress, stimulation of the lymphatic system, stimulation of hair growth, improvement in concentration and relief from migraine pain.
Ayurvedic Foot Massage
Ayurvedic foot massage helps to detoxify the body, balance the emotions and improve blood circulation. This massage begins with foot cleansing and application of aromatic lotions made from herbs. After the feet have been dried, the therapist uses a series of sweeping movements and pressure points, to stimulate the flow of energy in your body. This treatment helps to treat sleepiness, improve blood circulation and can aid eyesight.
Ayurvedic Aroma Therapy Massage
Aromatherapy uses the purest plant essence in the form of organic essential oils, which are extracted from various parts of plants, fruits flowers, bark, roots, or resin. Essential oils contain dozens of powerful complex natural chemicals that have beneficial properties. Due to the diversity of essential oils and their individual therapeutic properties, the range of benefits and effects of Aromatherapy is wide ranging.
Our therapists have a holistic approach to client consultation. This provides the information necessary to select the appropriate essential oils for the maximum therapeutic benefit. The selected essential oils are blended with a carrier/base massage oil to create a unique mix for each client´s individual needs. This Aromatherapy blend is usually applied to the skin with traditional body massage.
Shirodhara Treatment & Svedhana
Shirodhara is a simple, yet profound treatment that works specifically on balancing and stabilizing the activity of the mind. Warm, Dosha-specific oils and herbs are continuously streamed over the Ajna Chakra, (third eye), taking the participant on a journey deep within.
Shirodhara is used for the treatment of sinusitis, neurological disorders, insomnia, tension headaches and premature graying of the hair.
Relax, unwind and gently purify the body after your Shirodhara treatment in Ashiyana’s beautiful hammam (steam bath). Steaming allows the medicinal properties of the (Ayurvedic) oils used in our treatments to penetrate deeper into the tissues, relax the muscles and gently cleanse the sweat and lymphatic channels of the body.
Ayurvedic Khizi Treatment
In Khizi, medicated boluses are used for fomentation (application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain). Herbal powders are wrapped in a cloth pouch and then applied to the body. This is followed with light massage and a steam bath.
Ayurvedic Siddha Marma
This treatment includes a full body Ayurvedic massage combined with a head massage. Specific pressure is applied to various marma (energy) points along the body. The marma points are the main focus of this ancient type of bodywork. According to Ayurveda, there are 107 marma points in the body, each of them referring to the junctures or meeting points of the four organic principles, defined in Ayurveda as: muscles, vessels, ligaments, and joints. By stimulating the activity of the marmas using the four organic principles, the entire body-mind is invigorated.
A great massage that helps to release deep-seated toxins from lymph and muscles, leaving you completely relaxed and rejuvenated. The therapists use warm sesame oil, olive oil or medicated oils. Specific oils are chosen according to prakruti (nature), psychosomatic constitution and particular conditions.
Ayur Balance Massage
(60 / 90 mins)
Ayur means 'life'. The massage is an integration of ancient Indian tradition and wisdom combined with a modern scientific approach to the body, mind and emotional wellbeing. A variety of techniques will be used; massaging with hands, fist, fingers, thumb, knuckles, forearm and elbow.
The work revolves around releasing hidden tensions, removing stress, detoxifying the organs and tissues, bringing flowing circulation to body, opening up tight & stuck muscles and tissues, releasing the joints, bringing more prana and vitality.
Ayurvedic Bliss Therapy (Abhyanga, Shirodhara & Svedhana)
Prepare to deeply relax and Bliss out!
This traditional Ayurveda package combines three therapies: Abhyanga, Svedhana, and Shirodhara. Bliss Therapy significantly reduces physical, mental and emotional disharmony brought on by stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, physical stiffness and weakness, and also balances Vata and Pitta (mental/emotional agitation) doshas. You will arise from this treatment feeling completely rejuvenated.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage
(60 / 90 mins)
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga style stretching. The session is performed on a mat for free movement and flow.
These techniques incorporate the use of the hands and feet as tools for massage. The utilisation of the feet allows for deeper and more thorough pressure through long and graceful strokes.
This unique comprehensive approach to the body dissolves physical and emotional blocks, helps eliminate toxins, promotes correct posture, improves respiratory patterns, enhances energy levels, and leaves the receiver with a profound sense of wellbeing.