There is a growing demand for Ayurvedic Spas. Because of the demand, “Ayurveda” spas have sprouted like mushrooms in cities and towns. It seems like every other spa offers Ayurveda treatments and massages. Don’t be fooled for more often than not, most of these spas are traditional and not Ayurvedic.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic comes from the word Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of “preventive” medicine. Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” developed in India more than 6,000 years ago. The system is all about the natural approach in creating balance in one’s body and strengthening its healing ability. According to the practice, diseases are caused by impurities and imbalances in the body that accumulates over time. The thrust of Ayurveda treatments and massages is to purge from body the imbalances and in the process teach each one how to lead a balanced and healthy life.
Authentic Ayurveda Spa
An authentic Ayurveda Spa offers treatments that are holistic and rejuvenates in a sense, a person’s body, mind and spirit. Before treatment recommendation is given a qualified Ayurvedic doctor will do a health consultation with the client to diagnose imbalances in the body. A pulse diagnosis will readily detect any subtle imbalances on the client. The whole treatment process is customized as no two clients have the same imbalances. The food to be eaten, the type of treatment and even the herbs and oils used for the massage are specified.
A consult is a necessity since a treatment that is beneficial to one may not be a beneficial, or worse, harmful to another. Ayurvedic treatments deeply penetrate and cleanse the entire body which removes the body’s toxins. These toxins cause the impurities and imbalances in the body, according to this ancient Vedic system of health care. A complete Ayurvedic treatment not only cleanses, balances and rejuvenates the body but can add years to a person’s lifespan. In some cases, the treatments are not only for a general sense of well-being but for specific ailments and illnesses.
Ayurvedic massages are nothing like the regular massages one gets at a traditional spa. It is more comprehensive as an Ayurvedic massage that is correctly done will balance the whole bodily processes – body, mind and spirit.
Perhaps the most important aspect of an Ayurvedic massage is the body’s marma points. What are these? A marma is a spot in the body where two or more kinds of tissues i.e. bones, muscles, veins, ligaments and joint converge. There are several marma points in one’s body. These points are not merely physical points but more of the physical body connecting to the consciousness of one’s self. The marma points, when massaged will awaken the holistic worth of the consciousness within the client’s physical body.
If you go to an Ayurveda Spa and the essence of a massage cannot be explained by the “therapists”, better leave and look for an authentic one.