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Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old healing system that originated in India. Over the years, the popularity and faith in Ayurveda has been reaffirmed. The increasing number of ayurvedic spas, treatment centers that have come into existence not alone in India, but across select nations is proof enough. What does ayurveda treatment offer to its visitors? The keywords are Relaxation, Revitalization and Rejuvenation. Ayurvedic spas and treatment centers promise to make your mind, body and spirit totally relaxed. A visit to a spa can help you discover newfound energy, and reap the benefits of a totally rejuvenated blissful feeling.
The three doshas
Third-eye therapy: Termed as 'Shirodhara' in ayurveda, this is a very simple therapy that provides relaxation and a feeling of tranquility. A de-stress therapy wherein warm medicated oil along with sesame oil is gently poured over the 'Ajana', the middle of the forehead. Spas offer shirodhara therapy along with a body massage and a head massage also. Disorders of the neck, eye, ears, nose and the nervous system are totally eliminated, the circulation of nutrients to body and mind are improved and a feeling of absolute bliss engulfs you. Shirodhara therapy is suitable for those who experience insomnia, stress, tension, anxiety, anger, chronic headaches, and rheumatism, hypertension, asthma and hair problems.
Rejuvenation therapy: Ayurveda terms rejuvenation therapy as Rasayana Therapy. It is defined as 'That which destroys the old age and disease'. Professional therapists use medicated oil and cream for an entire body massage. The therapists massage with hand and foot. There is a whole range of benefits, which includes improved skin complexion (glowing skin) and texture, voice modulation, enhanced energy level (resistance power), disease cure, overall wellness, improved mental capability (calmness) and a complete enhanced rejuvenated feeling.
Synchronised therapy: This massage can relieve you of pain and fatigue. A passive massage using medicated herbal oils by two therapists working in unison. These synchronized movements induces sleep, relieves pains and fatigue. Termed as 'samvahana' in ayurveda, this therapy can include a steam bath also. The amazing effects of samvahana therapy revives the whole body, improves circulation, stimulates the nervous system and the immune system, rejuvenates the tissue, improves the skin texture and complexion and brings about marked improvement in body shape.
Herbal Hydrotherapy: Special essential herbal oils selected according to body type are used to provide a full body steam bath. Termed as 'swedna' in ayurveda, this ayurveda treatment helps in removing mental, emotional and physical toxins deeply lodged within the tissues. After completion of the therapy, a sense of calm and openness engulfs the entire body.
Ayurvedic facial: Termed as 'Vakra Chikitsa' in Ayurveda, this includes a facial massage with select herbal oil followed by a facial steam. The ingredients include sandalwood and turmeric, the benefits include prevention of sagging of the skin, removal of facial toxins, revitalizing facial tissues, improvement in eyesight, better skin complexion and the face looks brighter, healthy and glowing.
Ayurvedic head massage: Using select, individualized oil, the therapist provide an excellent head massage. The benefits include improved blood circulation, draining of any accumulated toxins, promotes thick and shiny hair, a relaxed feeling and helps to spread natural oil which is produced by the scalp.
Apart from these ayurvedic treatments, Gandusha (Herbal gargling), Akshitarpana (Eye care), Karnapurna (Ear care), Shirovasthi (Head Oil treatment), Kati vasthi (Back oil treatment), Padha Abhayanga (Foot treatment), Sarvangadhara (Pizijil), Navarakizi (Rice bolus treatment) and other therapies may also be included as part of a specially designed programme. These therapies are often followed in a particular pattern for gaining maximum benefits. Further, most of the renowned spa centers recommend combining therapies with ayurvedic foods, use of herbs, exercise (yoga), lifestyle changes and an inclination towards spirituality.