Winter Wellbeing at Ayush Wellness Spa
Head to Jersey and enjoy spa treatments to beat the winter chill, Dr Prasanna from Ayush Wellness Spa in Jersey explains how to balance mind and body with a restorative and relaxing Ayurvedic spa treatment.
Preparing for winter isn't just about putting on extra layers and making a mug of hot chocolate says Dr Prasanna, Ayurvedic Consultant at Ayush Wellness Spa in Jersey. His advice? Get prepared for winter and condition the body with restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments to boost the metabolism and rebalance.
'For thousands of years, hot stones have been used for healing. The concept and practice of Hot Stone Massage originates from Ayurvedic healing tradition, called Ashma Ghana Sweda (heat from stone)' Dr Prasanna, Ayurvedic Consultant at Ayush
Specially selected volcanic stones are used for their heat-conducting properties, and they're placed on specific areas of the body and combined with massage for a deeply relaxing effect which leaves mind and body perfectly balanced.
'When placed on a specific point they dissolve stress, remove blockages and neutralise negative energies, drawing energy away from over stimulated areas and re-energising depleted areas, thus inducing a feeling of well-being and harmony' Dr Prasanna
The Ayush Hot Stone Treatment begins with a gentle body stretch, then quiet meditative time to feel the energy from the hot stones while enjoying a deeply relaxing massage with warmed Ayurvedic oils. Popular for its stress-relieving and soothing effect, Hot Stone Massage is the perfect treatment to relax and re-energise ahead of the busy winter months.
WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is a holistic healthcare system that involves diet, lifestyle modification, exercise, detoxification, use of herbs and therapies to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Originating from India, Ayurveda has been in practice over 5,000 years and known as the mother of all healing systems.
In Ayurveda the whole of life’s journey is considered to be sacred. The word philosophy refers to the love of truth and in Ayurveda; truth is being, pure existence, and the source of all life. Ayurveda is a science of truth as it is expressed in life.
The belief is that the rhythm of human life is intimately connected with the rhythm of nature. As individuals, when we are in rhythm the body flows mentally and physically in balance creating energy, creativity and health. This is the foremost aim in Ayurvedic teaching; living a long healthy life in balance mentally, physically and spiritually.
Ayurveda understands that every being is longing to have a dynamic state of balance between body, mind and environment, experiencing a vibrant state of joy known as Wellness. To make this state of well being an ongoing experience in our life it is essential to become aware of our true state of being, which is a perfect balance of body, mind and spirit in line with the universal consciousness.
Balance is gained when we are in a state of tri-dosha. Ayurveda sees everything in the universe including human beings, as composed of five basic elements space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements are
what holds us in a state of equilibrium and giving rise to three bio-physical forces known as Tridoshas.
Vata-pitta-kaphaVata- air & space
Pitta- fire & water
Kapha- water & earth
It is the dominance of any one, two or three of these that make up our own personal constitution or ‘Prakruti’. This is fabricated during the formation of each individual inside the mother’s womb and expresses a unique blend of physical, mental and emotional characteristics.
According to Ayurvedic belief, ailments and disorders are a result of Doshic imbalance which may be caused by any number of contributing factors external, internal, physiological and emotional issues. Ayurveda helps a healthy person to maintain health and the ailing to regain health.
Diagnosis of one's Dosha is evaluated through traditional Ayurvedic techniques including pulse point diagnosis, keen observations and some questions regarding your health, lifestyle, and personal likes and dislike.
Through this assessment recommendations will be made regarding beneficial treatments, appropriate formulation of oils and herbs used in treatments, nutritional guidance and personal home care advice. All Ayurvedic remedies, herbal supplements and treatmentsare formulated to address any disturbance and help re-establish the tri-doshic balance which in turn maintains health and harmony within.
At Ayush Spa you are invited to take a unique journey to experience the benefits of the wisdom traditions of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation and balance your life in a nurturing and loving environment leading to the path of wellness and greater awareness of health.
Body-mind constitution types
Vata is air energy related to movement and activity. When in balance the Vata person is creative, energetic, positive, enthusiastic, small build, lively, talkative, variable appetite, having salt sour and sweet cravings, quick mental understanding but short memory.
However, when Vata is out of balance one is nervous, restless, insecure, insomniac, dry skin, fearful, unpredictable and gets constipated.
Certain positive changes like eating warm foods, grounding treatments that still the body and mind, soothing heat, rich and nourishing treatments, staying well hydrated, soothing stomach food, stew etc. help to strike a balance of Vata. Ayurvedic treatments like Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Pizichil, Navarakizi, Shiroabhyanaga and Padabhyanga are recommended.
Pitta is heat energy responsible for transformations like digestion, metabolism and energy combustion. In balance Pitta person is focused, determined, intelligent, sharp, accurate, exhibits leadership qualities, strong appetite and good metabolism, medium build, thin hair, bright complexion and usually with freckled skin.
If Pitta turns out of balance person is angry, irritable, aggressive, critical, jealous, unreasonable, competitive, frequent bowel movements, sensitive skin, and tendency towards excessive heat, sweating and inflammations. Positive changes like eating fresh food rich in vegetables and fruits, cooling and soothing body treatments, soothing music, drinking plenty of cold beverages, staying calm and cool, eating fresh salads, avoiding alcohol etc. help to bring Pitta balance.
Ayurvedic treatments of particular recommendations are Shirodhara, Shiroabhyanga, Abhyanga, Navarakizi, and Padabhyanga.
Kapha is water energy bringing cohesion, protection, nourishment, stability, particularly responsible for water balance and immunity. A person having balanced Kapha is strong, with a larger build, well developed body, good stamina, calm, gains weight easily, slow but sustaining memory, stable, pleasant, easy going with thick, shiny hair and skin.
Kapha if out of balance person becomes slow, sluggish, dull, very passive, tendency to catch colds, congestion and water retention are common.
Positive changes like eating light, using strong herbs and spices in food, keeping physically active with exercise, favouring pungent, astringent and bitter tastes, help to bring Kapha balance.
Ayurvedic treatments which are invigorating and relieving lethargy like Udvartana, Padaghata, Nasya, Padabhyanga, Abhyanaga using stimulating oils are recommended.
Ayush Hot Stone Treatment is £99 (1 hour 20 minutes) or as part of the Escape Spa Day or Reviving Day half day spa experiences at Ayush Wellness Spa at the Hotel de France. Call +44 (0) 1534 614171 to book. Download brochure of treatments.