Back to Balance
Traditional Ayurvedic massage is a full body, gentle massage focusing on the body’s lymphatic pathways. Its a two part treatment that focuses on the lymph nodes and the lymphatic system. The massage continuity is flowing with long sweeps in the direction of lymph flow.
We begin first with Garshana, a light exfoliation of the skin with the use of raw silk gloves. This invigorous skin exfoliation allows for an increase in circulation and lymph movement as well as slothing off dead skin, opening the pores and now skin is ready to receive the traditional warm sesame oil detoxification in abyanga massage.
After Garshana, we begin Abyanga, a warm oil body massage that focuses on areas of the body where the highly developed network of lymph nodes are located, including the mammary glands. Ayurvedic massage restores balance and energy to the body as well as removing physiological impurities from the tissues. It also brings about a number of subjective changes in mood, such as relaxation and a feeling of well-being. It is best to experience these subjective changes in order to fully appreciate them!
- Calming of the nervous system
- Release of deep holding patterns
- Stimulation of antibody production
- Opening the flow of Prana (life force)
- Improvement in texture and vitality of the skin
- Conditioning and integration of all nine body systems
- Helps recovery after liposuction
Note: During your Ayurvedic massage the breasts & stomach are exposed to work the lymph nodes in the breast tissue. The therapist can adjust this technique if you are uncomfortable.
Shirodhara remains one the oldest Indian/Aurvedic treatments still in practice today. Shirodahara, a relaxing treatment used to calm the nervous system, effects all other systems, such as the endocrine system and digestion. A continuous flow of sesame oil touches on the pituitary & pineal gland point on the forehead & streams across this point reaching the effect that calms all the systems of the body. It has a ripple effect in balancing the body and the mind.
The Shirodhara treatment takes 60 minutes. It begins with a gentle head, neck and back massage to relax the brain and body, preparing the recipient for the full effect of the treatment. We ask that you bring a towel, and old hat or scarf to cover your head after the treatment. You may also bring a container that will hold up to 6 cups of liquid to take home the high quality sesame oil that will be used during your
treatment. This oil can be used as a body or bath oil at home.
If combined with a full body Ayurvedic massage (Abyanga, see above), both the body and the brain experience a balanced form of communication allowing the brain to do it’s vital job: taking care of the body, uninterrupted.
60 minute Garshana/Abyanga massage: $85/90 minute $105
60 minute Shirodhara: $140
90 minute Shirodhara & Abyanga combo: $170
Our Ayurvedic massage therapist, Juanita Pignataro, graduated from International Institute of Ayurveda in 1998. available days are Tuesday, Wednesday and some Saturdays. you can book with her on Vagaro