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abhyanga

Abhyanga is a deeply nourishing treatment that includes a heavy application of oil to the body. The oil is applied with gentle strokes that are designed to create balance in the Nadis (energy channels) and Marma Points (Ayurvedic energy points) while encouraging the client to enter into an enhanced state of relaxation. This ancient therapy is reported to have many benefits, including:

  • Increased circulation to the extremities

  • Increased muscle tone and flexibility

  • Lubrication of the joints

  • Softening of skin tissue

  • Flushing of toxins from the body through lymph movement

  • Encouraging deep, rehabilitative sleep

  • Increased stamina throughout the day

  • Mental alertness

  • Enhanced youthful appearance

  • Stress Reduction

When you come to receive your Abhyanga, you will enter into a warm and soothing environment, scented with calming essential oils and quiet music. The oil is kept warm throughout the therapy, and approximately 4-8 oz of oil are used on each client. As your therapist, Amanda holds you in a gentle, loving, and safe space so that you can enter into a healing relaxed state of mind. Sanskrit chanting is used to open the therapy and acknowledge the traditional roots of Ayurveda. Pranic healing is used throughout the therapy to encourage energetic balance.

The therapy begins with the client sitting up as herbal oil with essential oils are used to open the Marma points on the head to promote awakened consciousness. Medicated herbal oil is applied with loving strokes to the head, the face, the arms, and the back. Throughout the bodywork session, the practitioner holds the client with nurturing and healing intention. Circular strokes alternate with long soothing strokes to clear and calm energy while moving the lymph.

The client will then lay down on their left side where oil is applied to the right arm, the back, and the right leg. The client turns face down for oil application to the back side of the body. Energy work is used over the major Marma points in the body, and some deeper strokes assist in relieving tension in the back and neck. Turning onto the right side of the body, the practitioner will apply oil to the left arm, the back, and the left leg. The therapy ends with the client face up, and oil is applied to the face, neck, abdomen, arms, and legs.

After the application of oil, hot moist towels with essential oils are used to remove excessive oil and to open the pores of the skin to allow the absorption of oil so the skin is left moisturized, soft, and glowing. Try adding the optional herbal steam instead of hot towels to more deeply open your pores and encourage gentle sweating/detoxification. See additional description for herbal steam.

90 Minute Therapy $135

With 30 Minute Herbal Steam: $175