Ayurveda Basic Treatments
Ayurveda Basic Treatments
at "Rejuvenation Weeks"
For Extraordinary Beauty and Health
Healing Dreams Retreat,
in partnership with AmritaSpice, Australia
Warm herbal oil massage ~ Malish
Warm medicated herbal oils are used in this massage to bring
complete relaxation. Simultaneously, the oils and the specific
techniques of their application soften tissues and eliminate toxins
from cells deep within the body.
Dry heat massage ~ Pindswed
Herb filled bolus (soft mass bundles) are warmed and applied to the
body. Application has a slightly catabolic effect which reduces
swelling and mobilizes toxins from the tissues, especially the joints.
Invigorating in its effect on circulation, pindswed is a relaxing
treatment that is applied locally or to the whole body.
Invigorating oil massage ~ Kalari abhyanga
Warm medicated herbal oils are applied to the body in a most
invigorating style that both relaxes one to the core while awakening
the cells of the body. This unique style from southern India clears
blockages and opens channels in the body creating invigorating flow of
Heart dhara ~ dhara means pouring of medicated liquid like a thread
Heart dhara is a deeply nourishing treatment where a dam wall made
of dough is placed over the heart region. A warm decoction of
medicated herbs, oils and grut (medicated ghee) is placed in
the dam and sponged soothingly, repeatedly over the heart region. This
therapeutic treatment tonifies cardiovascular function, regulates blood
flow and circulation, removes emotional blockages and nourishes one’s
core being. Heart dhara is profound in its sphere of action.
Shirodhara ~ shiro = head
Warm medicated oils are dripped continuously over the forehead,
between the eyebrows. Shirodhara soothes the mental channels,
mobilizes tension, stress and toxins for elimination. It invokes
relaxation, reduces elevated blood pressure, and promotes mental
clarity and positivity. Indicated for anger, low concentration,
insomnia, lack of focus, depression, anxiety, and all manner of
emotional imbalances … as well as a good idea for everyone from time to
Steam ~ Swedan
Swedan is therapeutic application of heat
to the body. Swedan literally means “sweat”. While it promotes sweat,
the purpose is to dilate the body’s channels so mobilized toxins can be
Nourishing Eye bath ~ Netra basti
Netra means eyes. In this treatment medicated liquids of
milk or oil is applied externally to the eyes in a soothing action.
Nourishing, removing blockages and rejuvenating eyes, this treatment is
indicated for burning sensation, retina problems, headache and tension
related eye disorders.
This profound treatment involves application of a herbally medicated
paste to a locally affected area of the body. The sharp, penetrating,
hot properties of the ingredients immediately penetrate the skin,
loosening and cutting toxic blockages and excessive humours stuck to
the tissues. Siddha means that which may not be according to the scriptures but has proved effective during practical experience.
Though all the above treatments lead to improved appearance, with
beautiful clear skin and a fresh new look, specific facials can employ
simple ingredients from the kitchen to exfoliate and nourish the skin.
Wrinkles come from excess vata (the dosha of air). Bags under the eyes and darkness come from excess pitta (the dosha
of fire). Dullness and blemishes are also dealt with in a natural way,
balancing the skin, working in conjunction with the other techniques
that balance the whole body.
The body has many points and channels for energy movement, known in
Sanskrit as “marmas”. The term marmas also refers to specific
techniques to work these energy patterns in ways that enhance the flow
of life into the body. For example, specific marmas will remove
wrinkles in the skin. Other marmas will energize the body when energy
is needed. Instruction in marmas specific to the client is part of a
thorough ayurvedic approach.
Lifestyle and Thorough Instruction
All of these treatments make best sense within a context of good
diet of high-quality foods, clean air and clean water, calm and
nourishing surroundings, thorough instruction about lifestyle choices,
explanation of the treatments and how they work.
Advanced Purification Treatments
Various conditions may require advanced methods of cleaning out the
body and fortifying it anew. These are assessed with pulse diagnosis,
and then explained to the individual client.
An extended time is necessary for a thorough cleansing of the body
and rebuilding of new tissues. Healing Dreams is the ideal location for
this. Pancha, five, karma, treatments, comes from specific ancient
traditions of ayurveda. It utilizes the treatments discussed above,
with more intense herbs and adding other treatments that are discussed
during the instructional periods of panchakarma. Do you have bitterness
in your life, depression, anxiety, or cares? Would you like to change
your life completely, and find the joy and vitality that is your
birthright? Panchakarma clears blocks, toxins, obstacles both physical
and emotional, and makes space for the new. For full effectiveness,
panchakarma requires daily treatments over the course of four to five
For more information about these treatments and their use during Health Retreats please see Ayurveda Rejuvenation Retreat Weeks or contact bookings@HealingDreams.com.au.