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  • Blissful and effective, Ayurveda is attracting more more people intoits rejuvenation therapiesAyurvedic Body TherapiesCaroline Robertson NDCopyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010 Ayurveda Elements Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com/ ayurvedaelements@gmail.comAyurveda, Indian natural healing, able to attune their awareness tohonours the body as a sacred the bodyʼs vibration, decipher ourtemple- a vehicle for the divine beings expressive song andspirit within. Thereʼs a beautiful conduct a state shift wherebymetaphor to illustrate this. Our malady is transformed into melody.body with its nine orifices is likenedto the nine-holed flute played upon Our sweet symphony of health isby Lord Krishna. When the flow of thus restored as the spirit flowsbreath through the flute is uneven freely through a balancedthe sound is distorted. Similarly instrument of mind and body.when we are disconnected from Beautiful music resounds inside allour energetic source the flow of of us as Yehudi Menuhinspirit through our bodies is expressed, "deep within us is theimpeded, manifesting as the never silent sound of our owndisharmony of disease. Ayurvedic vibrations, which we may ignore buttherapists are medico-musicians is the musical core within us all".   1  
  • Modern living fosters deafness to These ʻbarnaclesʼ are unconsciousthe sound of our inner voices. areas of tension that house ourConstant external stimuli, history of emotional baggage suchoveremphasis on mental abilities as defences and vulnerabilities.and reduced physical activity Weighted down with emotionalleaves us in a fragmented state. toxicity, our body armours itself against attacks from past ʻghostsʼ.Our mind is overactive and A sensitive body therapist is able tostressed to breaking point whilst the read an individualʼs body map ofneglected body remains sedentary aches, pains, lumps and bumps,and stagnant. The relaxed and fully aware that every touch evokesreceptive state induced during body certain emotions and gentlytherapies reconnects us with facilitating the letting go ofourselves so we can pause to hear unresolved wounds. Duringour guiding cellular yearnings. From massage there is a subtlethis heightened awareness we transference of electromagneticrecognise and rectify destructive energy takes place between thepatterns, progressing towards practitioner and the client so it isgreater self-love and wisdom. important to trust and feel "good vibes" with oneʼs chosen therapist.Transference dynamics One must feel receptive and safe inWhy is bodywork so popular? Put order to allow the energy of thesimply, touch touches us at the therapist to facilitate the healingdeepest level. It is the voice of process. In turn a wave offeeling, expressing a language unconditional love and compassionbeyond words. A pat on the back flows through the practitioner ascan be more meaningful than a they respect the faith you havethousand reassuring words. placed in them, an honour not takenSometimes we need to bypass the lightly. Perhaps thatʼs why theintellect and mind, as with Ayurvedic word for oil is sneha, abodywork, to provoke deep change. term also synonymous with love,Travelling through the sea of life our kindness and tenderness- all thebodies gather barnacles of feelings that should course throughconditioning throughout diverse one during a body therapy session.experiences. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010     2  
  • Ayurvedic Massage favourably to Ayurvedic massage. According to Ayurvedic masterIf love is the panacea then an Vagbhata massage should be doneayurvedic oil massage is a great everyday to promote positiveway to get an unconditional ʻlove health, overcome fatigue,boosterʼ. Over 5,000 years of strengthen the nervous system,empirical research has refined improve eyesight, nourish the bodilyAyurvedic massage into a sublime tissues, increase longevity,art. Combining skilled knowledge of normalise sleep, instil flexibility andthe structural and subtle body, oils, sturdiness as well as to prevent andmusic, gems and bodywork cure disease.techniques, the result is a profoundtechnique for balancing the body Studies conducted by Dr Hariand mind. Massage is integral to Sharma of the Ohio State Universitymany eastern cultures, including College of Medicine showed thatIndian. after three months of Ayurvedic treatment and massage patientsFrom birth up to 7 years children blood showed a significantare massaged every day, self- decrease in the free radical lipidmassage is an important daily peroxide and an improved immunepractice and family members often response. Modern research hasmassage each other. Even the proven the beneficial effecttemple Gods get into the act as Sri massage has on all areas of theLaksmi massages Lord Vishnu and body-specifically theSrimati Radharani soothes Sri neuromuscular, circulatory,Krishna with her loving touch. Many lymphatic, skeletal andIndians enjoy an annual Ayurvedic gastrointestinal systems. Variousretreat where they may receive studies recognise its therapeuticbody therapies for a month. action in skin diseases, neurasthenia, asthma, high bloodJust as a machine needs to be pressure, arthritis, mentalgreased, the body loves to be disorders, headaches and Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  lubricated and have itʼs largest insomnia.organ, the skin, smoothed. TheVata body-type aggravated Vata Itʼs also been shown to improve theconditions (cold, tense, dry and stress response, relax and tonerigid) respond particularly muscles, stimulate glands under   3  
  • the skin to produce hormones, before commencing therapy; hencepromote lymphatic drainage as well a preliminary consultation isas partially repair harmful exposure advisable. After investigating theto UV and electromagnetic state of your tissues, 5 elements,radiation. An additional benefit of body systems, past conditions andAyurvedic massage is the potency mental disposition, the ideal bodyof the herbalised oils. These therapy is tailored to your needs.enhance the process of purification Specific oils, gems, music, guided Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  and regeneration. Shown to visualisations and affirmations arecompletely permeate the dermis in also formulated to enhance the5 minutes and all seven layers of therapeutic impact. Ayurvedicskin in 8-10 minutes, the unique massage is performed with anherbalised oils used can be infused acute awareness of the marmaswith up to 75 different herbs, and chakras.increasing the therapeutic effectimmeasurably. The oils have been Marmas are vital points similar toscientifically proven to possess anti acupressure points. Manipulatedcarcinogenic and antioxidant correctly they revitalise the wholeproperties (Dr. Hari Sharma). This body and can also be used in self-effect is further increased through defence, as Xena knows, tothe Ayurvedic heating process mortally wound an enemy. Thoughaccording to recent research. This marmas are innumerable, there arein effect reduces free radical activity 107 major ones located at thein the body -a key-contributing junction where flesh, veins, arteries,factor to heart disease, cancer and tendons, bones and joints meet ascellular aging. well as being the secondary seats of subtle energy (Prana or Qi) It isCharaka Samhita, an Ayurvedic at these areas that pains andtreatise adds, "Ayurvedic oils weaknesses tend to concentrate.strengthen the metabolic fires,purify the intestines, remove toxins Marmas are also the points wherefrom the tissues, rejuvenate the the elemental life forces of ether,body, prevent aging and bestow the air, fire, water and earth convergeuser with a lifespan of 100 years." and therefore where the bodyʼs organising intelligence is mostA qualified Ayurvedic practitioner concentrated. The seven greatassesses the state of your body marmas are the same as the main   4  
  • chakras. These seven chakras are interconnection. Like a sculptor whirling vortexes of energy located flowing with the bodyʼs mould they over the main endocrine glands- the create a very relaxing yet enlivening gonads, ovaries, pancreas, mood. The whole body (except the adrenals, thymus, thyroid, pituitary genital region) is tended to in order and pineal. Each chakra nourishes to bring about a sense of whole particular organs and controls body integration and alignment. various psycho-physiological aspects of our being. When they The session sometimes ends with a are blocked, physical disease body scrub using bean or grain ensues. Ayurvedic massage opens flours known as ubtans. These and cleanses these energy facilitate exfoliation, reduce cellulite, channels so the current can flow promote oil removal and stimulate freely and our latent vitality is circulation as well as producing a released. glowing complexion. A steam bath may also be given to further warm Most Ayurvedic body therapies the body and enhance the oil begin with a preliminary massage absorption. and may then proceed to a more specialised technique. The Supportive input to the senses is massage strokes vary from deep to emphasised during therapies as superficial and follow the flow of they are the gateways to our energy channels, nerve pathways biological and mental processes. and hair growth. There are three The sense of touch is already being types of movements-active (strong employed but how can the sense of pressure), passive (delicate smell, sight and hearing be stroking) and persuasive (pinching recruited into the healing process? or kneading the small muscles with Next weʼll take a brief look at the the thumb and forefinger.) Before use of essential oils, music and the massage the practitioner visualisations in Ayurvedic body focuses their energy with a brief therapies. centering meditation and may recite Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010   a prayer to magnify the healing Smell the roses potency. Like a hypnotic dance the masseuse or masseur synchronize Upon waking, the ladies of Indiaʼs their breath with the receiver in palaces bathed in a pool filled with order to maintain a deep the petals of 1,000 roses, their   5  
  • bodies and hair were then cleansed scents, to one person rose and beautified with herbal oils of essential oil conjures up happy jasmine, sandalwood and henna. feelings of their childhood garden, The blend of essential oils created another may be repulsed by its an air of sensual delight that would association with a tragic funeral intoxicate anyone entering the service. It is of utmost importance palace grounds. that the smell induces a positive state in the inhaler. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010   At the site of the ancient Indus Valley excavation site an The essential oil should also aromatherapy ceramic distillation counteract oneʼs elemental apparatus was found, proving that imbalances. For example a hot, aromatherapy was practiced angry, restless person with skin thousands of year ago in India. inflammation would experience Attars (perfume, smoke, wind, aggravation from cinnamon odours and essences) are used in essential oil in a mustard seed oil ayurvedic aromatherapy to coax our base. Yet this combination would 10 million sense detecting cells into be great for a cold, plump, lethargic an effortless state of harmony. In person suffering from bronchitis. relation to body therapies they may The former ʻhotʼ person would be added to base oil, put in a experience relief from jasmine or diffuser, used as a poultice, lit as sandalwood essential oil in a incense or used in a vaporiser or coconut oil base whereas the steam chamber. Smell is the only bronchitis sufferer could feel worse sense with a direct link to the limbic from this. As with most Ayurvedic or emotional centre of the brain. therapies the valuable information is the personʼs current elemental This gives aromas the power to balance-Vata, Pitta or Kapha. This evoke vivid impressions, conjure up can be ascertained in just minutes memories, boost our immune by doing a questionnaire from an system, trigger emotions and drive Ayurvedic book or seeking the the stress response. Smells are advise of an Ayurvedic physician. also used to literally ʻclear the airʼ of Some popular bases and blends negative influences or energies. are featured below. How do you choose the right aroma? Everyone has a particular neuro-association linked to certain   6  
  • Lend me your ears All states conducive to healing on the mental and physical platforms."Music gives soul to the universe, Sound is simply a vibration elicitingwings to the mind, flight to the change in the forms it flowsimagination, charm to sadness, through, our atoms literallygaiety and life to everything" - Plato ʻdancingʼ to the beat of the music. Known to shatter glass, move theVata- to warm and ground use a objects stimulate rain and move usbase of sesame oil and a mix of to tears or laughter- the power ofpatchouli, sandalwood & cardamom sound vibration is phenomenal.essential oils Ayurvedic music therapy understands how to use thePitta- to cool and calm use a base energetics of sound therapeutically.of coconut oil and a blend ofjasmine, vetivert, henna & rose An expert Ayurvedist can prescribeessential oils a suitable melody to reduce pain, induce sleep, coax one out ofKapha- to elevate mood & stimulate depression and subdue angerthe system use a base of mustard amongst many things. Foroil & sesame oil combined with thousands of years Ayurvedicbergamot, lavender & basil music therapists have utilised the Ragas (72 major melodies) in orderMusic is a very uplifting and to dispel imbalances. Thesemeditative adjunct to any body melodies were developed throughtherapy session. Transcending the the recognition of cosmic vibrationsintellect, music touches our deepest emitting from natural forces.spiritual essence which is why the Reflecting a particular mood andSanskrit term for note (swara) physical reality the listenerʼsmeans expression of the soul. biorhythms start to resonate withTransporting us to a realm of the musical vibration, creating aetheric vibrations, music activates harmony that removes obstacles tothe right brain which nurtures health. Some Ragas commonlycreativity, intuition, receptivity, used include Raga Bhairavi for Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  softness, stillness, silence, dreams, arthritis, Raga Hindol for backache,relaxation, imagination and Raga Pooriya for hypertension,regeneration. Raga Bhageswari for insomnia and Raga Jaijaivanti for general pain.   7  
  • Harrison described them as " aModern music therapy supports mystical energy encased in a soundancient assertions with research structure, each mantra containingfindings that music slows the within its vibrations a uniqueneuronal dropout rate in power". They may be used toAlzheimers, improves mental invoke particular healing energiesfaculties of autistic children and or to clear specific blockages fromreduces pain and mental stress. the chakras. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  It also helps to establish new A simple example is the mantramental pathways, which suggests “Om Dhanwantaraye namah” whichscope for rerouting negative mental invokes the Ayurvedic God ofprocesses and establishing a healingʼs blessings for a successfulpositive ʻgrooveʼ in their place. treatment. A more specific mantraMusic also induces an alpha brain can be chanted to bring a therapywave state, which is very conducive to an auspicious completion suchfor visualisation and affirmation. as- "Sarve bhavantu sukhinah,Although the music used during sarve shantu niraamayaah, sarveAyurvedic body therapy is generally bhadraani pashyantu, maa kaschitclassical Indian Ragas if a patient dukha bhaahg bhavet- May all beprefers Gregorian chants, Baroque happy, may all be healthy, may allmusic, Gospel spirituals, Jazz, experience positivity and let on oneWestern Classical, ambient music suffer".or anything that pushes their blissbutton then it can be used just as Dreams are the seedlings ofeffectively. As with aromas the realityimportant distinction is how theunique patient responds to the A very powerful partner tovibration. bodywork, visualisations trigger theThe use of mantras is sometimes right brainʼs capacity for renewalinvolved during a session but these and change. Since the mind isare usually chanted silently in the exceptionally impressionable andtherapistʼs mind. Mantras are receptive during body therapy, dueconcentrated, specific sound to the alpha brain wave statevibrations, which cleanse subtle induced, it is the perfect time toimpurities from the nerves, mind clear out weed-negative beliefs andand energy channels. George plant-positive seed beliefs with   8  
  • conscious intentions. Visualisations In order to prevent them fromare a way of taking advantage of drifting too far from body-the old adage that anything we consciousness ask them to beconceive and sincerely believe we aware of any sensations in thecan achieve. Far from just a fleeting body, travelling to the core of thatnew-age concept, the uses of feeling and experiencing theaffirmations and visualisations have underlying emotion embeddedbeen used in Ayurveda and Yoga there, easing it with eachfor thousands of years under the exhalation. If the therapist wants toguise of samkalpas. stimulate blocked energy, the spine is often a good place to start.The vast range of imagery you canuse with bodywork is only limited by Guiding the client to visualise theoneʼs imagination. People who find colours of the chakras while holdingit hard to switch off stressful the respective area and repeatingthoughts sabotage the relaxing the associated affirmationeffects of a massage. To initially strengthens their psych-relax a patient you can ask them to physiological integrity and function.visualise their whole body This commences from the basesoftening, tensions melting away chakra through to the crown chakra.like wax in the sun. They can then (See the chakra chart in the nextfocus on the breath, releasing any page). A simpler method is to usesensations with each exhalation. your fingernails to gently comb longGuiding them to a beautiful place strokes up the spine from the lowersuch as a tropical beach, a still back to the shoulders and arms.lake, a bubbling brook amidst a "Imagine a fountain of white energyfragrant flower-filled meadow or a is flowing up your spine, removingscene that holds happy impressions any blockages to your optimalfrom the past can evoke a health and showering every smilingresponsive mind set. cell with renewed vitality". Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  Saying, " Youʼre in a timeless Stretches during a session are anmoment, thereʼs nowhere to go, effective time for visualisations asnothing to do and no-one to be. patients are being extended beyondEnjoy the magic of the present," their self-imposed limitations andcoaxes the patient to unwind, boundaries. Two stretches can bereleasing past and future concerns. easily incorporated into a bodywork   9  
  • session. With the patient on their sea for water, the sky for air andback, stand at their feet and grasp movement for ether. Thethe backs of their ankles, gently practitionerʼs intuition and thepulling the legs horizontally away expertise will assess which practicefrom the body, like a stretching is appropriate and the mostrack. The feet can be seen as the effective time to apply it.roots of a strong tree, tapping into Completing the session one canthe earthʼs core and absorbing affirm the patients perfect essence- Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  golden, nourishing sap into the requesting them to repeat in theirbody which rejuvenates and heals mind- "I am experiencing real love,every organ and system. Still on real health, real happiness. Mytheir backs, standing at the top of body is perfectly relaxed, alignedthe head, stretch the arms above and integrated." A this point thethe heads "just like an angel ready therapy is finished but the patientto take flight, reaching for the stars can lie on the table for a fewtowards the realm of boundless minutes more as they envisage thepossibilities." ideal developments in their life throughout the coming year.Holding their wrists and stretching Covering most life importantthem horizontally with each aspects including health,exhalation they can imagine their relationships, service, environment,fingers are antennae, gathering all abundance, travel, leisure, creativitythe pure, positive energy in the and spiritual evolution, they shoulduniverse. Streaming into their get a sense of the compelling futurebodies and flooding their cells with that awaits them as a renewedfresh life it envelops the body in a sense of excitement and purpose iswhite protective aura. Negative and injected into their life.destructive influences are repelledby this effulgence whereas Next weʼll investigate four of thesupportive and strengthening input specialty oil therapy techniques- theis drawn into it, reinforcing forehead shower, crown bath, eyeempowering qualities. cleanse and creamy rice massage.At times the elements can be 1. Forehead shower (Shirodhara)balanced with the aid ofvisualisations. Connecting with the WHAT IS IT? One of the mostsoil for earth, the sun for fire, the relaxing therapies available ʻshiroʼ   10  
  • means head and ʻdharaʼ is a stream day with a peacefully clear headthus, shirodhara denotes and refreshed body.continuous pouring of herbal liquidsover the head and scalp. Imagine WHO IS IT GOOD FOR? Thisyouʼre lying on an ancient wooden treatment is especially effective fortreatment table, ready to surrender Vata predominant disorders. Inall your tension and sacrifice Vata imbalances clients typicallystubborn imbalances. The previous suffering from insecurity, fear,massage has reduced your body to nervous system strain andjelly, soothing music and fragrant ungroundedness respond very wellaromas caress your senses. All to shirodhara. Pittas with theiryour mental demons-stress, fear, overactive mind hot headed natureanxiety, mood swings, anger and and irritability can experience airritability are about to dissolve into cooling, calming benefit from aan ocean of calm. Laying on your session. Shirodhara has been usedback your body is cocooned in successfully over thousands ofwarm towels. As warm herbalised years to treat conditions such asoil flows in a continuous rhythmic ear/ nose and throat disturbances.stream across your forehead, your Endocrine gland imbalances suchmind is lulled into a state of serenity as menopausal upsets, psychiatricand expanded consciousness. disorders including schizophrenia, skin diseases like psoriasis,Oil stroking the third eye has a headaches and pains, cranialreflex balancing effect on the burning sensation, scalp ulcers,deepest recesses of the brain. chronic colds, sinusitis, epilepticProfoundly relaxing, the nervous fits, hair loss and memory loss aresystem unwinds, the master also successfully treated by this.endocrine organs the pituitary andpineal glands are balanced and Medical studies have shown that itpleasure neurotransmitters such as induces a calm alpha brain waveserotonin flood your grateful cells. state which increases mental clarityIn completion the attendant rubs a and memory as well as improvedpinch of warming powder into the stress and immune response. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  crown of your head to assist the Shirodhara also helps to strengthenprocess and protect you from ojas- the essence of fertility, virility,exposure to cold. After resting for vitality and longevity.some time you are ready to face the   11  
  • HOW IS IT DONE? The oil and the digestive system a rest andduration of treatment varies enables one to direct awarenessaccording to the individual. Vata and energy towards the treatment.patients tend to receive herbalised A variation of this is Deha Dhara,oil, Pitta types herbalised milk, the full body oil waterfall. A lovelyghee or coconut oil and Kaphas experience, wherein two to four Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  may receive buttermilk. Ancient therapists pour a continuous flow oftexts prescribe 53 mins for Vatas, oil over the body for up to one hour.43 mins for pitta types and Kaphasenjoy it for 31 minutes, during which The vessel (dhara) is made of clay,they often fall asleep! wood or metal. The table (droni) is made from a therapeutic wood suchIt should be performed by 2 well- as neem or nux vomica and istrained and disciplined attendants designed to catch the oil forwith clockwork precision, recycling on the same patient.consistency and pace. If the flow istoo speedy anxiety and 2. Cranial Bath (Shirovasti)nervousness will occur. If the oil istoo hot, anger and heat will result. WHAT IS IT? Shirovasti is a trulyOil falling from too far away can magical experience with deepcause headaches, fever and therapeutic applications. Made upagitation. The best time to conduct to look like a sufi dervish youʼll sportit is between 7-10am for up to 21 a tall open hat sealed with mungconsecutive days, depending on the dal paste and filled with warmclient. herbalised oil. Ideally the recipient has a shaved head or short hair toBefore treatment the client should facilitate the hats stability but it isavoid heavy meals for 2 hours still successfully performed onpreceding the therapy. They should ʻhairyʼ people. Up to two litres of oilhave sufficient rest after exertion is steadily poured onto the head assuch as a long drive or exercise it is retained comfortably by thebefore commencing the treatment. seated patient for approximately 30Throughout the period of treatment, minutes. Tipping the head forwardclients take light, warm and simple the oil effortlessly empties into anutrition. Overeating, oversleeping, receiving vessel and the hat issleeping during the day and late removed. At this point it is advisednights are not advised. This gives to rest for 10 minutes and keep the   12  
  • head covered and warm for the prescribe the best oils and durationfollowing hour. according to the circumstances. An average series is 30 minutes forWHO IS IT GOOD FOR? Extensive either 3, 5 or 7 days. During themodern clinical trials has confirmed treatment physical exertion must bethe effectiveness of shirovasti for a kept to a minimum and dailywide range of disorders as also meditation along with light nutritionrecommended by ancient Ayurvedic supports the benefits.texts. 3. Eye Cleanse (Netra vasti)It can give specific relief to allailments connected with Vata in the WHAT IS IT? One of the mosthead such as anxiety, fear, light overused and neglected areas ofheadedness, poor concentration, our body would have to be theepilepsy and tinnitus in particular. It eyes. Just think how important theyis also indicated in cataracts, are to our everyday quality of life.earache, deafness, dry mouth or We tend to take for granted thenose, numbness of the head, capacity to indulge in the manymental stress, ailments of the visual delights of life such ascranial nerves, migraines, facial capturing a sunset, gazing intoparalysis, heart disease, cranial loved oneʼs eyes or escaping intotumours, insomnia, numbness, movie magic. Considering that theurinary disorders, mental and eyes are one of the first areas tophysical exhaustion, hemicrania, deteriorate with age, protecting andburning sensation of head, fortifying them against degenerationexcessive sweating, blood is an important priority in Ayurvedicdisorders, mucus, hay fever and tradition. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  shingles. Ancient ayurvedicauthority Vagbhata claims it Netra vasti is a visionary approachrejuvenates the whole body, to achieving this. Initially the clientʼsrelieves exhaustion, restores lustre eyes are bathed in a herbalto the skin, balances the elements eyewash then they lie down inand increases immunity. preparation for the ʻeye-openingʼ experience. A relaxing oil-free headHOW IS IT DONE? The ideal time massage is given to desensitisefor receiving shirovasti is afternoon. and soften the facial muscles. TheAn Ayurvedic physician will therapist proceeds to form two   13  
  • doughnut-like dams around the perception it purifies all parts of thepatientʼs eyes. Up to 50 ml of eyes and is particularly helpful forlukewarm medicated ghee is then tired and irritated eyes. Helpful forpoured gently into each eye dam. eye disorders such as glaucoma,The eyes may be kept closed and ulcerated cornea, inflamed lesionsgently opened if it feels surrounding the eyes. Ancient textcomfortable. The patient must move Ashtanga Hridayam sings itstheir eyes around in all directions praises claiming it "improvesand then rest the eyes. After about eyesight, heals stiffness, pain,30 minutes the herbal ghee is dryness and roughness around thesoaked up by cotton and the eyes eyes. Strengthens eyes, andwashed with warm water. One must protects and restores sight themavoid exposure to wind and sunlight from UV damage, increases mentalby wearing protective sunglasses clarity and memory, releaseswhen outside on the day of painful memories from thetreatment. About 5 hours after the subconscious realm, heals eyeprocedure herbal eye drops are put injuries, reduces eye pain, healsinto each eye and Ayurvedic dark discolouration of skin around Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  eyeliner can be applied to the inner eyes, balances loss of lachrymaleyelid if necessary. A totally secretion or excess lachrymalpainless and soothing therapy the secretion, and heals eyeindications that it is successful haemorrhaging, glaucoma,include clarity of vision, sharp ulcerated cornea, eye inflammation,focus, lightness and a lustrous squints, trachomatus parus, nightshine to the eyes. blindness, conjunctivitis and corneal ulcer." Psychologically it isWHO IS IT GOOD FOR? Primarily said to releases visual traumas,netra vasti relieves tensions that tapping into oneʼs visual memoryare trapped in the eye socket that banks in order to releasing pastcan result in eyestrain, poor impressions.eyesight, allergies, pain, fatigueand that sunken, sallow or dark HOW IS IT DONE? Generally netracircles look. It nourishes the optic vasti is performed in the morning ornerves directly which strengthens late afternoon in a calm, quiet,the eyesight. Bringing a rich lustre protected environment with expertto the eyes, softening wrinkles, care and support. Therapy isenhancing colour and depth undergone for 7-14 days starting   14  
  • from 30 mins and increasing by 5 This allows the rejuvenating herbsminute for the first half of the to enter the body through the openduration, then reducing by 5 mins. pores. Finishing off with a warm shower and herbal body-scrub one4. Creamy Rice Massage (Navara patient described the experience: "IKizhi) felt like I was sliding through a primal womb emerging with a new soft, glowing body."WHAT IS IT? The smooth, warmherbalised rice milk is massaged WHO IS IT GOOD FOR? Creamyover the body strengthening nerves rice massage balances all theand gently realigning weary bones. doshas but is especially effective inDonʼt worry about the fact that youʼll Vata derangements. As it raises thelook like a giant chocolate mousse, internal heat it is not alwaysthis creamy treatment is a dreamy recommended for Pitta body-types.treat. Since the massage is donePrior to treatment the patient is according to the neural pathways itmassaged with the appropriate oil. is helpful in neuromuscularA bolus the size of a large orange conditions such as twitches, weakfilled with a strengthening rice muscles, facial paralysis,(shashtika) and dipped in paraplegia, polio myelitis,herbalised unhomogenised milk is osteoarthritis, scoliosis, lordosis,used to firmly massage the body by kyphosis, sciatica, osteoporosis,two masseurs in rhythmic facial palsy, hemiplegia, multiplesynchronicity. The most common sclerosis and muscular atrophy.herb to use for this is Bala (Sidarhombifolia). Different substances It is also prescribed forsuch as urad dal, fenugreek, dill or arthritis, emaciation, dry skin,mustard may be substituted for rice memory loss, insomnia, mentalif indicated. When the body has stress, stiffness of the joints,melted into a relaxed state from the headaches, rheumatoid arthritis,euphoric warmth flowing through anaemia, obesity, water retention,the channels, fresh medicinal anorexia and chronic fatigue. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010  leaves or cloth are used to wipe thecream from the body. The whole process is famous in South Indian Ayurveda for removing   15  
  • stiffness, improving the circulation, supporting flexibility, reducing joint swelling, curing diseases of high vata, giving a glowing complexion, enhancing muscle tone, expelling gas, promoting digestion, increasing energy, balancing sleep, reducing high blood pressure and reducing signs of aging. HOW IS IT DONE? This is most effective when done mid- morning for 7-14 consecutive or alternate days. Ayurveda Elements | Training, Tours, Treatments, Resorts, Hospitals Phone/fax: 0011 61 2 9904 775 • 17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067 www.ayurvedaelements.com • ayurvedaelements@gmail.com Copyright © Ayurveda Elements 2010     16