What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda means "the Science of Life." It is the traditional natural healing system of India, having been practiced there for over 6000 years. It was established by the same enlightened sages who composed the Vedas, India's ancient spiritual texts.
Its purpose is to provide a framework of health for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. As such, it deals not only with disease, but also with rejuvenation, virilization and longevity.

The main tools Ayurveda utilizes to achieve health are diet, lifestyle, herbs and bodywork, although it also possesses a sophisticated branch of surgery.

Chief among Ayurveda's outstanding attributes is its recognition of the uniqueness of each individual, thereby allowing treatment to be tailored to that individual and their environment. For those wishing to learn more about Ayurveda, the are a number of excellent books and courses available. We especially recommend the books of Drs. Vasant Lad, Robert Svoboda and David Frawley.
What is Ayurvedic Oil Therapy?
Ayurvedic Oil Therapy

"Oil is specific for Vata (wind) disorders. As these constitute the majority of diseases, oil therapy is essential for most forms of treatment. It is indicated in diseases of the nervous system, bones and the deeper tissues. It is useful for the other doshas as well." - Dr. David Frawley, "Ayurvedic Healing.

Called "Abhyanga," oil massage has for thousands of years played an important role in Ayurvedic health care. Beyond the obvious benefits of moisturizing and nourishing the skin, oils transmit their own qualities to the body on a deep physiological and psychological level.

The unctuousness of oil serves as an antidote to many of the scourges of modern life, such as overindulgence, addictions, irregularity, constant travel, stress and loneliness. It benefits the very young and the very old, the undernourished and the over-worked.

In addition, oil massage serves as a vehicle for the subtle powers of herbs, bypassing the digestive system and transporting their properties deep within the tissues.

As an indispensable preliminary to the Ayurvedic purification therapy known as Panchakarma, Abhyanga helps loosen and relocate imbalances so that they can be easily removed from the system.

Shirodhara and Pizichil are ancient and unique Ayurvedic therapies that are now gaining popularity in deluxe spas and health resorts worldwide, both by virtue of their effectiveness and their sensation of utter luxury.

In Shirodhara, warm oil is continuously and rhythmically poured on the forehead, while in Pizichil the treatment is expanded to the entire body. Shirodhara alleviates excess Vata, mental stress and nervous tension, enhances circulation in the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair, provides sound sleep and calms the body and mind.
Even without access to a Spa, the benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Therapy can be enjoyed. Many health conscious people are making self-massage part of their daily routine. Often this is performed in the morning upon rising. An appropriate oil is selected, then heated to slightly warmer than body temperature. It can be applied to the entire body, or to specific areas of attention. Strokes should be towards the poles of the body and circular at the joints. The oil can either be left on or washed off, after being allowed some time to absorb into the body. A steam treatment or hot bath following the Abhyanga will magnify its effects, although in some cases heat treatment may be contra-indicated.

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