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Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

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Have you ever felt that you could benefit from a deep, all-the-way-to-your-core cleanse? Or perhaps you feel so depleted and fatigued that you sense a need for deep rejuvenation and nourishment? Is your mind so cluttered that you have a hard time finding the calm within? 
 
If so, consider giving yourself the gift of panchakarma or any of the other amazing healing therapies offered at The Ayurvedic Spa. This could be the best gift you ever give yourself; the gift of health, balance and well-being. A return to your own true nature.
 
Ayurveda is considered the oldest system of medicine in the world, and has a long and rich history of utilizing specialized forms of massage‚Ä®and other hands-on treatments to maintain and restore health. At The Ayurvedic Spa, we offer a wide variety of therapies based on ancient tradition, available as both single and multiple day therapies.  
 

What is Panchakarma?

Panchakarma is the single most powerful healing process utilized in Ayurvedic medicine.  When properly applied, it can allow for you tomake a giant leap forward in your health and well-being. It is utilized for the purpose of eliminating ama (toxins) and excess doshas (vital energies) from the body and mind in order to prevent and reverse disease. Ama and excess dosha can lead to disease, and by their removal, health is optimized. The strength of the body and mind is then gently restored to prevent future states of imbalance.  
 
Panchakarma is quite in-depth, and therapies range from 3 to 30 days. During panchakarma it is important to disengage from the stresses and routines of daily life, and we are pleased to offer two lovely residential options for our guests. Both options allow for profound personal transformation in a tranquil, nurturing environment:
 
  • Shanti Suite: Located in a private wing of our main building, the Shanti Suite is peaceful, private and charming, and includes a therapy room, bedroom, meditation room, and bathroom.  
  • Cottage by the Pond: Nestled away from our main building, this quaint cottage offers a king-sized bed and private deck overlooking our tranquil meditation garden and koi pond. 
In preparing for your panchakarma experience, we work closely with you to identify your states of balance and imbalance on all levels of body, mind and soul. We then design a customized therapeutic program suited to address your unique needs. A variety of therapies are offered, all aimed at addressing the root cause of disease and disharmony.  
 
Since we are each unique individuals, treatment plans vary, but typically include the many therapies described below; custom-prepared therapeutic meals; herbs custom formulated in our herb department; instruction about how to properly care for yourself  according to Ayurveda; and a variety of other therapeutic modalities, based on your unique needs and interests. 
 
All panchakarma programs are overseen by Dr. Marc Halpern, Founder and Director of the California College of Ayurveda, and Marisa Laursen, Director of The Ayurvedic Spa.

PANCHAKARMA & AYURVEDIC SPA THERAPIES

The Ayurvedic Spa is unique in utilizing handcrafted oils, loving created here at the college, made of the highest quality ingredients. The use of oils medicated with herbs and essential oils is an important part of Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments and provides for powerful healing experiences and for achieving states of peacefulness and bliss.
 

Bliss Therapy (Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Swedana)

This heavenly therapy is a combination of Abhyanga, Shirodhara and Swedana, and takes the mind, body and spirit on an inner journey of relaxation and mental purification. Each therapy includes meditation and rest. By creating deep relaxation, promoting energy flow, and purifying the body and mind, Ayurvedic Bliss Therapy encourages a deep remembering of balance, wellness and peace that supports the healing process and allows for a connection to Spirit.

Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage)   60 minutes

This deeply relaxing, one or two-person choreographed massage brings nourishment to the tissues, deep relaxation to the muscles, and calmness to the mind. Because each body type is unique, special handcrafted oils are used which are prepared with herbs or essential oils to meet your special needs. This highly popular therapy is beneficial for diseases of the nervous and immune systems such as anxiety, tics, Parkinson’s disease, heart palpitations, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, muscle tension, chronic fatigue, general tonification, and more.

 

Shirodhara   30 minutes

Lay back and relax, as a soothing stream of warm, herbalized oil is poured luxuriously onto your forehead and third eye. This simple yet profound treatment works specifically on balancing and stabilizing the activity of the mind, taking you on a journey deep within. Good for mental and emotional balance, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, disorders of the nervous system, nervous exhaustion, stress and anxiety.

Swedana  5-20 minutes

Follow your warm oil massage with an exquisite herbal steam treatment that will leave you feeling clear, rejuvenated and deeply moisturized. Medicinal herbs such as lavender, chamomile, bay leaf, eucalyptus, rosemary and lemongrass help to clear the channels, relax the muscles and nurture the senses. This treatment aids in the elimination of toxins and is beneficial for stiffness, coughs, pain in the ears, neck or head, edema (swelling) and promotes deep relaxation.

Marma Therapy   45 minutes

Using the 107 energy points on the body, this treatment restores the proper flow of energy (prana) through the entire body and easesspecific conditions while enhancing the natural ability of the body to heal. Practitioners work with pranic energy and massage marma points with essential oils. This treatment is good for mental and emotional balance, the nervous system, pain in the body, paralysis, cancer and more.

Nasya   45 minutes

This wonderful therapy opens the breathing channels and promotes a clear mind. The treatment begins with a relaxing facial massage and specific heat therapies for the forehead and face. It is followed by nasal administration of herbalized oils to clean and purify the sinuses. Good for allergies, snoring, sinusitis, tinnitus, sleep apnea and headaches.

Garshana   30 minutes

A cleansing, exfoliating massage performed with silk gloves. Garshana rids the skin of dead cells and stimulates lymphatic circulation, creating lustrous, soft, vibrant skin. This treatment often precedes abhyanga. Good for lymphatic drainage and stimulating circulation.

Dough Basti   60  minutes

An ancient treatment for specific areas of the body utilizing dough “dams” that contain medicated herbal oils or decoctions within itscenter. The preparation is unique for each person and condition. Good for back pain, adrenal fatigue, eye health, thyroid balance, heart strength, hormonal balance, and for bringing balance to the chakras.

 Anuvasana Basti   60 minutes 

A medicated oil enema that gently tonifies the colon and nervous system, this is one of the main therapies of panchakarma and is used to remove excess vata in the body. This treatment includes an abdominal and lower back massage along with mild heat application to relax the lower torso and aid in the release of toxins.

Niruha Basti    60  minutes

A medicated herbal tea decoction enema used for the removal of ama (toxins) from the colon and body. Treatment includes an abdominal and lower back massage along with gentle heat application.

Pinda Swedana   45 minutes

An ancient treatment using warm bolus’s (pouches) made of rice or herbs and nourishing herbal oil or milk decoctions, this powerful therapy is used to massage and treat neuromuscular disorders and disorders of the skeletal system. Abhyanga is administered prior to Pinda Swedana to all areas treated. Good for arthritis, aches and pains, neuromuscular disorders.

Yoga Nidra   60 minutes

Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious deep relaxation. The body is asleep but the mind is awake and an active participant in the healing process. This guided meditation will take you on a journey deep inside, using your own awareness to remove blockages and support the healing of your body and mind ~ in essence you will be guided on a journey to heal yourself.

Ayurvedic Facial    60 minutes

This lovely facial provides a soothing and exfoliating massage that nurtures the skin tissue and activates its natural cleansing and rejuvenating processes. Special energetic points (marma points) on the face and scalp are massaged to calm the activity of the mind, creating a state of peace and tranquility. Our herbal steam treatment opens the pores, and the finest and purest skin care products available are utilized, leaving your senses smiling and your skin glowing. Good for rejuvenation and disorders of the jaw and face.