Shodhana Salon and spa offers an extensive menu of body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.
At Shodhana (meaning purification), Ayurveda forms an intrinsic part of the wellness regime for the clients. from massages, treatments and specialized diet programme to fulfill personal goals to the more rigorous transformations in lifestyle, the Ayurveda experience has been designed keeping in mind the individual’s desire to heal, cleanse, relax and revitalize.
A cardinal principle for the ancient hindus was that there is no dividing line in human personality between the mind and the body. The mind is body and the body is mind. Also, that if beautifying the mind is to beautify the body, the converse is equally true. Beautifying the body is to beautify the soul. The authenticity and our commitment to this ancient life system are evident in the use of age-old herbal powders; herbal oils, brass vessels, wooden beds, treatment rituals and qualified therapists .
According to Ayurveda, the universe is made of five primordial elements, namely ether, air, fire, water and earth. These elements themselves are inanimate, but in combination, give rise to three main biological forces or basic principles in the human body, called doshas – and, as every human being has a different balance of elements, one Dosha is typically predominant in our constitution and ascertains our personality.
Ayurvedic And Wellness consultation ( 60 minutes )
The Ayurvedic consultation explores your physical, mental and emotional health to help you understand your unique energetic constitution or combination of Doshas (the three dynamic living forces) that determines your body type and your current imbalances. The Ayurvedic physician then prepares a sequence of experiences and a programme of diet and exercise according to your body type that will help bring more balance, energy and peace to your entire being.
Ayurvedic Spa Therapies
Abhyanga (60 minutes)
A traditional synchronized full body massage given by two therapist using herbal infused Sesame oil; this experience is also known as the “four-handed-massage.” Abhyanga improves physical consistency, sleep patterns and eye sight. It helps to liquefy toxins and induces relaxation, whilst eliminating impurities. Often referred to as an anti ageing therapy.
Shirodhara (60 minutes)
Luke warm herbal oil is poured in an even stream on to the forehead to pacify and revitalize the mind and the body. As well as its intense rejuvenating and anti-aging effects, Shirodhara improves memory, addresses other neurological disorders, and normalizes sleep patterns and blood pressure.
Traditional Indian head massage (45 minutes)
A treatment based on old Ayurvedic techniques, involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. It helps reduce stress, fatigue, and eyestrain, increase mental clarity, relaxes and rejuvenates.
Takradhara (60 minutes)
A calming experience where cool medicated buttermilk is poured onto the forehead to bring relief to those who suffer from insomnia, depression, hair, scalp psychological and stress related conditions.
Udwarthana (45 minutes)
A deep, dry massage using herbal powders which stimulate the hair follicles assisting to break down the body’s excess subcutaneous fat. This massage aims to address obesity and mobilizes toxins. Beneficial for firming and toning.
Mukhlepa (60 minutes)
For centuries Mukhlepa has been used as a beauty ritual for Indian women. Traditional herbs are used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and finally hydrate. A specialised dosha specific herbal lepa or mask is applied to the face to bring out the beauty within.
Tanlepa (60 minutes)
This stimulates the natural cleansing and healing abilities of the body. Following a medicated herbal oil massage a herbal mask is applied to the entire body, which aids in drawing out toxins, replenishing the body with essential minerals.
Kati Vasti (30 minutes)
Practiced to ease pain in the spinal area. A small circle of paste made from black gram or wheat flour is placed strategically on the spinal area. Warmed oil is then poured into the depression created by the ring of paste. This soothes muscular tissue, alleviates pain and lubricates the discs and nerves.
Choornaswedana (40 minutes)
Following a full body massage with dosha specific oils, therapeutic sweating is induced by the application of warmed herbal poultices. Choornaswedana is commonly known as “the bundle massage”. It increases circulation, speeds up the elimination of toxins, relieves muscle pain and stiffness, rheumatism, arthritis and sports injuries.
Nasyam (30 minutes)
Instillation of medicated oil into the nostrils after massaging and inducing sweating to the upper portion ofthe body from the shoulders. During this process the areas around the nose, neck and shoulders are massaged continuously. This treatment is highly effective for cleansing of sinuses and treating migraines, chronic colds, headaches and chest congestion.
Talapodhichil (45 minutes)
A herbal headpack applied to relax the mind, which in turn brings peace to the body and soul. A cooling application that helps relieve insomnia, stress, migraines and brings overall balance to the being.
Urovasthi (30 minutes)
An experience that balances the Heart Chakra and helps reduce stress to alleviate future problems of the thoracic region. Warmed, medicated oil is gently poured into a reservoir made from gram flour, placed strategiclly over the chest area. This soothes muscular tissue, alleviates discomfort and balances the mind-body connection.
(coming soon) Pizhichil (75 minutes)
An indulgent, rejuvenating experience, during which lukewarm herbal oils anoint the entire body. The anointment is very slow and rhythmic with light pressure. Pizhichil strengthens immunity, lubricates the joints, liquefies toxins and increases flexibility.