So, you’ve probably all heard the term Ayurveda? But what is it really, and how can an ayurvedic treatment help YOU? In my quest to find out more, I visit the famous Oasis Spa in Chiang Mai, to find out more about the treatment, it’s benefits, and Oasis Spa’s interpretation of an Ayurveda massage.
Ayurveda is a holistic type healing alternative medicine treatment from India that aims to create harmony within the body. Ayurveda focuses on the use of herbs, yoga, detoxification, diet and massage. It is based on the belief that all life forms have a “dosha”, which is a unique mix of energies know as “vata”, “pitta” and “kapha”. These can be resembled to the Western idea of the elements earth, water, fire, air, etc. For you body to be healthy, these should be as balanced as possible. Ayurveda looks at your conditions of health from listening to your breathing or speech.
A person’s dosha determines the kind of lifestyle that is healthy and balancing for them. This includes the kind of food they should eat, how they should exercise, how much they should sleep etc.
To make it short – Ayurveda is a lifestyle made up of preventive treatments, diet and exercise.
When receiving an ayurveic massage, the essential oils should be chosen to suit your dosha. The massage techniques used include kneading, squeezing and tapping as well as the more traditional massage strokes.
Ayurvedic massage is tailored to your body’s specific needs. The style and the flow of the massage should also be determined by who you are, and what your body needs for it to be balanced. There are four main kinds of massage offered by Ayurvedic massage therapists, each with a specific purpose in hand. The massage can either be performed with the intention to eliminate toxins though purification, relax the body, strengthen the muscle tone or rejuvenate the body.
An Ayurvedic massage is sometimes described as quite hardcore and coarse because the therapist would use hands, feet, elbows forearms and knees on the receiver. But with the opulent amount of essential oil, the massage therapists gently move her positions around to balance the pressure.
Ayurveda Massage at the Oasis Spa in Chiang Mai
The Oasis Spa in Chiang Mai is one of five branches spread out in Thaila5nd, offering the ultimate pampering experience, with private treatment villas for your ultimate comfort and privacy. As Oasis Spa has its own training academy, the therapists are meticulously taught to perform each treatment with the same quality of care.
The Ayurveda Massage at Oasis Spa starts with the dripping of warm oil on my forehead. The oil comes from a Dhara Pot placed about 15 centimeters above my forehead. The therapist gently moves the pot to make sure that the oil drips down on my hair. Then she gently starts massaging my head while drenching the hair in hot oil. The feeling of being embraced by the warm oil is extremely soothing and relaxing. The body massage that follows is inspired by traditional massage therapies in East India, which are thought to prevent illness wile concurrently promoting healing and wellness by balancing the body, mind and spirit.
After two hours of wonderful treatment I feel just that; balanced, reenergized and relaxed. The Ayurveda package at the Oasis Spa lasts for two hours, with plentiful time to enjoy your private outside shower and bathtub after the treatment. Price; 3,900 THB or 130 USD.
For more information, visit the Oasis Spa website, or call them directly:Ayurveda massage – what is it?