How Ayurvedic Spa Treatments Clear the Mind, Body, and Soul



The practice of Ayurvedic bodywork, which originated under the umbrella of Ayurvedic medicine, has long been a powerful means of detoxifying, replenishing, and restoring harmony to both body and mind. Ayurvedic bodywork is a specialized form of massage that balances the physical and energetic layers of your being.

Though there are a number of traditional Ayurvedic practices and remedies, each one suitable for a different set of needs, the following components can be found in each of them. It is the synergy of these constituent parts that allows Ayurvedic bodywork to:

  • Profoundly relax muscles

  • Stimulate lymphatic flow

  • Balance doshas

  • Restore emotional balance

  • Calm the mind

  • Reestablish your connection to source energy

Dosha Assessment/Consultation

Prior to an Ayurvedic treatment, the therapist will consult with the client regarding current physical and mental health as well as intentions for treatment. Specifically, the therapist will determine the client’s current dosha imbalance (vikruiti). From the information provided during the Ayurvedic consultation, specific goals will be agreed upon and an ayurvedic therapies treatment program curated.


Tailoring each aspect of the treatment, from the herbs and oils to the pacing and energy work, to the client’s unique needs creates a customized treatment that is able to address individual imbalances. For example, if a client has a predominance of air and space (Vata dosha) the therapist will use slow strokes, calming essential oils, and grounding energy work to stabilize the predominance of movement found within the air and space elements. Customizing treatments in this way optimally balances the elements within a client’s body, mind, and emotions.


Oleation

Oil holds a very special place in Ayurveda. In fact, it is often said that the oil is the medicine. As such, oil is used liberally throughout Ayurvedic bodywork and is the foundation of all Ayurvedic treatments. The oil binds with ama, a toxic accumulation that lodges itself in the organs and channels of the body. In classic Ayurvedic literature, excessive ama is noted as the root of all diseases. Ayurveda teaches that applying oil to the skin helps to draw the ama from the deeper layers of the body to the more superficial layers, where it can then be eliminated.


In addition to the detoxification benefits of oil, its use in Ayurvedic treatments has several other advantages. The nutritional and fatty acid profiles of the various organic oils used in Ayurvedic treatments tout powerful anti-inflammatory properties which reduce skin irritation and combat aging. Sesame oil, which is a staple in Ayurvedic treatments, has free radical fighting antioxidants that help to reduce oxidative damage in the skin. Used regularly in topical application, this translates into strong and observable anti-aging effects.


Herbs

Herbs and botanicals have been an integral part of Ayurveda for thousands of years. Within the context of Ayurvedic treatments, herbs are used to balance the doshas and promote detoxification within the body. Most often, herbs are infused into massage oils. As herb-infused oils are applied to the skin, the healing properties of the herbs are readily absorbed.