During a cleanse, Ayurvedic body treatments can enhance the experience by stimulating the body’s immunity and releasing ama (stored toxins). These treatments are rituals to support you on emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. In the framework of Ayurveda, bodywork and massage is used as a way to rejuvenate and detoxify the body, and can have specific benefits to balance one’s dosha. Here we will take a look at the treatments offered through our partner Ambika Therapies.
According to Erika at Ambika Therapies in Breckenridge, Colorado:
Abhyanga is a rhythmic massage performed by one or two therapists in tandem. It involves medicated herbal oils and long strokes to flush the lymphatic fluid and also clear the pranic (energetic) pathways.
Shirodhara is a warm oil treatment for the scalp and hair. A steady stream of organic oil is poured over the forehead, specifically over the third eye chakra to balance the nervous system. It is deeply relaxing and recommended for vata imbalance.
Swedana is a steam where an herbal steam bath is enveloped over the body. It opens pores, clears congestion, and increases circulation to the muscles and organs.
Pinda swedana is a specific application of herbal steam using poultices filled with rice and herbs. It opens pranic pathways and is used to relieve pain in muscles and joints.
Udvartana is an herbal exfoliation where herbs are vigorously scrubbed over the body. Like the abhyanga, medicated herbal oils are used along with strokes to flush the lymphatic fluid. This is recommended for kapha imbalance.
Indian head/foot massage are treatments that activate the marma (energy points) in the head, scalp, and neck and on the hands and feet. These points reflexively relax the entire body and address head and neck tension.
The treatments are performed by certified massage therapists who hold a pure intention of assisting in the client's growth and well-being. The environment is kept sattvic (pure) using natural herbal medicinal oils, high quality essential oils, and organic herbs. The treatments are both luxurious and therapeutic, and are intended to remind you of your body's own inner wisdom.
In Ayurveda digestive strength is the key to health and well being. For ages in India people participate in Pancha-Karma 5 cleansing methods designed specifically to strengthen digestion and release physical and emotional tension from the body.
Cleansing is a journey to ultimate health through digestive health. We all have heard the adage “you are what you eat” and in holistic health “You are what you digest” so by improving digestive function and eliminating lymphatic congestion we all become the healthy foods that we eat.
Ask yourself if cleansing is right for you?
• Do I have food cravings? At what time are the cravings? What do I crave: sweets, chocolate, coffee, carbohydrates, caffeine, or snacks?
• Do I end my day with the same amount of energy that I began with?
• Do I have food sensitivities or allergies?
• Do I feel tired between 2-6 pm?
• Do I feel that my current habits aren’t working?
• Do I have digestive symptoms of gas, bloating, nausea or bowel upset?
Cleansing can result in benefits you can feel such as: Balance blood sugar, weight regulation, eliminate toxins, improve mood, feel light, clear and uplifted. Re-energize the body and mind by creating healthy habits that support your highest nature. Our bodies are in essence is the most wise of any creature, however when stagnation is present things build up such as in a blocked river channel. Using it’s discriminative capacity the mind-body complex innately knows we change and heal by occasionally giving the digestion a break from common allergens such as: dairy, wheat, eggs, refined-sugars, and caffeine we increase our chances of long-term health by un- blocking the river of natural healing.
During the main cleanse we will reset the fat burning capacity of the body. When our nervous system functions in a calm state we fluidly move from glucose (sugar metabolism) to glycogen (fat stored metabolism) when one loses this ability long-term weight gain and stress ensue.
In the world there is a continual input of impurities from pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, pollutants, and even negative energy. The body takes these toxins deep to the cells, which eventually leads to inflammation and disease. The cleanse will free us from lymphatic congestion by eliminating difficult to digest foods that increase stagnation and giving the body greater capacity to ward off future toxins and release current impurities.
By slowing down and using self-inquiry, we will release long-term emotional patterning which allows the body to function in a calm state leaving energy for optimum digestive functioning. According to Ayurveda when the gastrointestinal tract is in a state of clarity our body, mind and spirit also become peaceful and happy.
Ayurvedic body treatments are a wonderful component of Pancha Karma. Within Ayurveda, body treatments and massage are indicated as they support you on emotional, spiritual, and physical levels. They are performed within Ayurvedic hospitals in India as part of preventative health care where the whole person is treated, not only symptoms. Body treatments prevent illness and aging, strengthen body's immune system, bestow mental clarity, enhance spiritual awareness, and removing ama (accumulated toxins in the body). Ayurvedic treatments will be available during the cleanse, including abhyanga, shirodhara, head massage, kansa vataki (foot massage), udvartana, swedana, and pinda swedana. Herbal oils are used with aromatherapy that is customized for your dosha for a personalized experience. These treatments offer rejuvenating and detoxifying benefits and also help clear mental and emotional debris, allowing you to experience your true self.
What we look forward to in supporting Yoga students in-group cleansing is the Shakti/Energy of the individuals merging in intention to support a common goal. When our intentions align and along with each person’s intention community builds and deepens people together like the roots of an Aspen grove.
Bridget & Erica