12 Jan Experience for yourself: Ayurveda EstheticReading Time: 2 minutes
On Thursday, January 7th I had the honor of receiving an Ayurvedic treatment called Abhyanga, a four-handed, full body oleation treatment from ancient India.
Ayurveda translates to The Science of Life. It is an ancient science aimed at preventing and healing imbalances within the body. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing originated in India. Though it was pushed to the wayside for many years, Ayurveda has been making a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. Tibetan medicine and traditional Chinese m edicine both have their roots in Ayurveda and early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical Ayurvedic medical texts dating back thousands of years.
All of that sounds really fantastical, right? That’s because it kind of is. These Ayurveda services are performed with warm sesame oil which is soothed into the body using long, soft strokes. The Abhyanga body treatment is practiced by two people, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The service really begins as soon as you check in. You get a hot cup of AVEDA tea, a warm aroma towel and a private changing area to dress into a robe as cozy and heavy as a hug.
Then you’re escorted to the clinic floor where the students help you into a heated bed, so comfortable you immediately begin to drift into relaxation. And one at a time, you’re presented three aromas to choose from. I chose a gentle, sweet vanilla to help me fall deeper into a Zen state.
The rest of the treatment almost becomes a blur. You feel both sound asleep and hyper aware. Suddenly every soft touch is like a firm handshake and every whiff of vanilla is magnified ten-fold.
The strokes begin at the head and stomach. One student caresses the head and face while the other rubs the stomach. The treatment continues to the arms, hands, legs, feet, sides, back and returns to the stomach and head.
There’s something to be said about having two limbs rubbed simultaneously. It’s almost like synchronized swimming; both students glide up and down the arm at the same pace, and then massage each individual finger identically.
I remember dreaming, I don’t know what I dreamt about. I remember hearing the chiming music hum but I can’t repeat it. I was completely at peace, totally relaxed. To experience an Ayurveda service for yourself, call 414.227.2889 and reserve an appointment, or click here to learn more.