Updated: Mar 27
The Western world is seeing a growing trend in the popularity of Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, as a holistic approach to wellness. The practice focuses on balance and harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, with an emphasis on natural healing methods. Our Ayurvedic spa therapies at Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat & Spa are designed to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. We will introduce you to our top 5 Ayurvedic spa therapies that you may not have heard of before.
Abhyanga: Abhyanga is a traditional Ayurvedic massage that involves the use of warm herbal oils to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. The massage is performed with gentle strokes, and the therapist may use a variety of techniques, including kneading, rolling, and tapping, to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. The warm herbal oils used in this massage are chosen based on your individual needs and can help to improve circulation, reduce stress, and improve sleep.
Shirodhara: Shirodhara is a unique spa therapy that involves the gentle pouring of warm herbal oil over the forehead (the "third eye" area). This shirodhara treatment is believed to harmonize the mind and encourage profound tranquillity. The warm herbal oil is poured in a steady stream over the forehead for a period of time, and the therapist may also use gentle massage techniques to help release tension in the head, face, and neck.
Pinda Sweda: Pinda Sweda is an Ayurvedic massage that uses warm herbal poultices to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. The therapist will use the poultices to massage the entire body, focusing on areas of tension and discomfort. This massage is particularly effective for relieving muscle and joint pain, and can also help to improve circulation and boost the immune system.
Udwarthana: Udwarthana is an Ayurvedic massage that uses a herbal powder to exfoliate the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system. The therapist will use a gentle, circular motion to massage the powder into the skin, using a variety of techniques to help increase circulation and improve the overall health of the skin. This massage can help to improve the tone and texture of the skin, reduce cellulite, and improve overall body shape.
Nasya: Nasya is an Ayurvedic therapy that involves the administering of herbal oils or powders into the nasal passages. This treatment is believed to help balance the doshas (the three energies that govern the body in Ayurveda) and promote overall well-being. The oils or powders used in this treatment are chosen based on your individual needs and can help to improve breathing, reduce stress, and improve sleep.
At Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat & Spa, we understand the importance of balance and harmony in our lives and offer these Ayurvedic treatments as a way to promote overall wellness. These therapies have been used for centuries to help people achieve a greater sense of balance and well-being, and we are proud to offer them to our guests. If you're looking for a natural and holistic approach to wellness, we invite you to try one of these Ayurvedic spa therapies and see the benefits for yourself.