Ayurveda is the traditional ancient Indian medicine system encompassing massage, nutrition, herbal remedies and lifestyle advice which is complemented by the practice of Yoga and meditation.
It is a truly holistic system that has been practised for thousands of years and is translated as ‘Science of Life.’ Ayurveda seeks to promote good health through the restoration of balance within the mind, body and spirit.
Ayurvedic massage is one of the ways in which ayurveda can help to revitalise the body. By performing a consultation to assess a client’s ‘dosha‘ or constitution and what aspects of the individual may be in excess (or out of balance) a therapist can tailor an ayurvedic massage specifically to what that client needs. The massage will focus on nourishing the chakras or marma points of the body to energise and release blockages, the aim of it being to bring back into balance whichever dosha is considered in excess.
Why choose Ayurvedic massage?
Many people find Ayurvedic massage a great rebalancing treatment that works equally well on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.
It can be an invigorating and nourishing massage with the focus on rebalancing the body’s energies rather than relieving muscular tension – although many people find this can happen naturally during the treatment. If you are looking for a cleansing treatment on all levels, this may be the therapy for you.
Strictly Holistic Ayurvedic Treatments
Charlotte is a fully qualified Gaiatri Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and has developed the following treatment packages combining her knowledge and expertise of Ayurvedic massage. Her treatments are for ladies only – in line with Ayurvedic tradition. All treatments encompass traditional Indian oils and music.
- Aroma Abhyanga
This detoxifying treatment begins with an aromatic back scrub followed by an invigorating Ayurvedic back massage. A deeply relaxing pressure point facial and scalp massage follows – using NYR Organic products for a modern twist! A restorative and energising treatment.
- Chakra Balance Massage
An innovative full body massage experience using Ayurvedic technique to work with the energy points of the body to release tension on all levels and restore the body’s natural energy flow. Charlotte combines elements of the traditional Marma Abhyanga (marma massage) with reflexology and energy work to provide a bespoke experience to restore a sense of peace and calm. For those in need of rejuvenation and some serious time out!
Appointments are available on Wednesday afternoons till late, with some Thursday and Saturday availability. Once a treatment is purchased online please get in touch with Charlotte@strictlyholistic.com to arrange your session.
Charlotte also provides shorter Ayurvedic treatments of Indian Head Massage (Champissage) and Seated Back Massage (Mardana). Both treatments are fantastic stress relieving treatments and are performed on an acupressure chair. They work wonderfully as a lunchtime boost or perfect for someone a tight schedule. These treatments are performed over clothes and without oil. (These treatments do not include a full Ayurvedic consultation)
30 minutes £30
What to expect from a treatment
The start of the treatment will begin by completing an ayurvedic questionnaire to determine your ayurvedic ‘constitution’ which is made up by three doshas with one dosha usually more dominant. The doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are all characterised by different qualities which are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual in nature. This consultation will help inform the type of treatment that you will receive and ensure that it is tailored specifically to your needs.
Dependent on your dominant dosha, specific massage techniques and oils will be used during the treatment. You will also need to fill out a health consultation form to assess your current state of health and if there are any conditions that the therapist needs to be made aware of.
After your treatment:
- Drink plenty of water – it is important to keep hydrated as the body rebalances.
- Relax – Ayurvedic treatments are a very cleansing experience and it is common to feel lightheaded and tired after a treatment so it is also important to relax as the body rebalances. Once these feelings have dissipated many people describe a feeling of invigoration as the energies of the body start to flow more freely due to the massage.
“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”