Stacy Heavenridge providing a Shirodhara session at Awaken

Stacy Heavenridge providing a Shirodhara session at Awaken

Ayurvedic Bodywork at Awaken

Ayurveda is a complete science of health and well being from the ancient sub-continent of India. Ayurveda originated over 5000 years ago and is still in use today in many parts of the world. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’ or the ‘science of aliveness’.

-The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH)  considers Ayurveda and Ayurvedic therapies a ‘complementary health approach’.

-Ayurveda is based on simple but profound theories. When applied, this knowledge and tools can

transform your life, your relationships and your energy.

-Ayurveda understands that everyone is unique and has different needs. In fact, it’s basic premise

revolves around this understanding. Diet and lifestyle recommendations based on Ayurveda are

thus tailored to each individual.

-With the proper diet, the right lifestyle and the use of herbs, body therapies and cleansing

practices, Ayurveda intends to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit, prevent future illness

from occurring and restore health.

 

Ayurveda Basics: The Doshas

The science of Ayurveda recognizes the earth’s five elements and their existence in the universe around us (macrocosm) and the universe within us (microcosm). Ether, air, fire, water and earth form the various mechanics of our existence.

he five elements organize into three principles or Doshas known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

-Vata Dosha is composed of the elements of Air and Space. It is responsible for all forms of movement in the body like blinking, breathing and muscle movement.

-Pitta Dosha is composed of Fire and Water and is responsible for all metabolic processes in the body including digestion, absorption, assimilation and the body’s temperature.

-Kapha Dosha is the Water and Earth elements of the body and mind. It comprises the body’s substance and mass and provides the body with lubrication.

-Ayurveda teaches us how to understand our own unique combination of Doshas and how to live properly to maintain health. Balanced Doshas create harmony in body, mind and spirit as well as happiness and ease.

 

Abhyanga

An Ayurvedic massage differs from a Swedish massage in that it incorporates warm oils and herbs into the practice and focuses on specific energy points to remove toxins and rejuvenate the body. A Swedish massage, on the other hand, concentrates on the muscles and connective tissues to improve circulation and joint flexibility.

Ayurvedic massage uses a range of strokes and are customized to a client's individual needs, as are the herbs and oils used. The energy, or pressure points that are focused on are called Marma points, which resemble the acupressure points in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Marmas are important energy centers in Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation. In addition to treating the physical body, the massage also treats a client's emotional and mental state.


Shirodhara

Shirodhara is an amazing, unique body therapy from the ancient natural medical system Ayurveda. Shirodhara has a profound impact on the nervous system. That means, the treatment directly and immediately calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on the mind and nerves.

Shirodhara is administered by gently and methodically pouring warm herbalized oil over the forehead.  This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit, inducing an experience of deep relaxation. leaving one in a state of meditation.  A feeling of wellness, mental clarity and comprehension is experienced in this process.


Swedana

A full body herbalized steam therapy detoxifies and loosen impurities lodged in the deep tissues of the body and the warmth to relaxes the body. It’s especially nourishing to the skin, as well as burns calories, improves circulation, promotes water-weight loss and beautifies skin.

This herbal steam treatment ( steam tent over massage table )  will leave you feeling clear, rejuvenated and deeply moisturized. Medicinal Herbs infused into the steam help to clear the channels, relax the muscles and nurture the senses. This treatment aids in the emanation of toxins and is beneficial for stiffness, coughs, pain, head, neck and swelling. It promotes deep relaxation. Unlike most steam baths, in Ayurvedic swedana, the head is kept out of the steam tent.