Ayurveda is one of the oldest natural medical philosophies in the world. It is a holistic healing method that considers the individual in his or her entirety. The body, the spirit, the mind and the environment around us are viewed as a whole by Ayurvedic medicine, and therefore it's essential to care for each of these aspects in order to maintain or restore well-being and health.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, health and illness depend on the balance or imbalance of three basic metabolic principles: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha. The proper functioning of these three physiological principles can be easily altered both by external influences and by physical and mental stress. Over time this can lead to imbalance and disease.
Ayurveda prescribes that every individual, in order to maintain their health and prevent ailment, should use massage therapy on a regular basis, in addition to leading a healthy and natural life, consuming a healthy and balanced diet appropriate for their constitution, following a daily and seasonal routine, use rasayana (rejuvenating products), regularly practice breathing and physical exercises, use food supplements made from herbs and minerals, and provide detoxification process and balancing of Dosha (panchakarma).
Historical notes on Ayurveda
Ayurveda is one of the oldest natural medical philosophies in the world.
As early as 1500 AD, two fundamental medical texts, written by two of the most important medics of the time (Charaka and Sushruta), led to the formation of two distinct schools of Ayurvedic practice:
- The school of physicians, who based their practice on the Charaka-Samhita text;
- The school of surgeons, who followed the teachings of Sushruta Samhita-text.
About 500 years later, a third text was added to the literature: the Astanga Hrdaya, a text in which the author, Vagbatha, interpreted the theories of Charaka and Sushruta and developed the strictly medical aspects (unlike first two texts which also included mythological, yogic and poetic content) leading to a more practical text which was easier to learn and use.
Ayurvedic practice, for millennia the principal form of aid for the Indian subcontinent, was interrupted by British colonization for 150 years. It was revived as the traditional medical practice at the beginning of '900, thanks to Gandhi, who encouraged the population to practice civil disobedience and make use of local raw materials.
Thanks to these trends, Ayurvedic medicine was readopted, refined and has spread all the way to us.
- Abyangam: full-body Ayurvedic massage with warm vegetable oils.
Ayurvedic massage is beneficial because it:
- promotes well-being and relaxation;
- prevents aging;
- enhances skin beauty;
- improves the quality of body tissues;
- relaxes the nervous system;
- provides energy;
- helps to release muscular tension;
- contributes to the removal of toxins;
- helps regulate the intestine;
- improves the quality of sleep.
A very intense treatment that helps remove excess fat, purifies the skin, promotes lightness in the body, counteracts senses of heaviness, combats drowsiness and helps to remove odors.
- Udvartana: body massage with heated dried herbs.
Localized treatment of specific painful areas of your body, during which warm medicated oil is kept on the treated area for about 35/40 minutes.
- Katti Vasti: treatment for back pain;
- Greeva Vasti: treatment for neck pain;
- Janu Vasti: treatment for knee problems.
- Four-hand massage: a full-body massage with warm vegetable oil performed by two practitioners simultaneously.
The treatment is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and therapy.