What is Ayurveda
Ayurveda can be defined as a system of herbal medicines, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature
What is the meaning of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words “ayus” and “veda.” “Ayus” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science. The term “ayurveda” thus means ‘the knowledge of life’ or ‘the science of life’. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, “ayu” comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul.
What does Ayurveda do to you:
The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life.This can be summed up as follows:
To protect health and prolong life (“Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam”)
To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body (“Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha)
3 Dosha(Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
Ayurveda understands that the body is comprised of subtle energies called doshas. There are three doshas which are in turn condensed from the five elements as follows.
Vata Dosha – Air and Space*
- Pitta Dosha – Fire and Water
- Kapha Dosha – Earth and Water
- *The vedic tradition recognizes space as a fifth element.
Some combination of these three doshas are responsible for every function within the body. Every part of the body contains all three doshas but different areas of the body contain a predominance of certain doshas. This understanding of the doshas and their seating within the body is an important part of authentic Ayurvedic massage.
- Marma is a Sanskrit word that means hidden, or secret. A marma point is a place on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints. These points are however much more than physical connecting points, they are the points where the physical body is connected to pure consciousness (the unified unmanefest field of all possibilities).
- By massaging and enlivening marma points Ayurvedic massage awakens the pure unchanging quality of the unmanifest field of life within the physical body.
Ayurvedic Massage Oils
Different Ayurvedic herbal massage oils are used for people with a predominance of different doshas. The top Ayurvedic spas practicing authentic Ayurveda will not only use different herbs in the massage oils but will also offer different types of oils and/or oils heated to different temperatures depending on each patients needs. For example people who are predominately Kapha and Vata (tend to be colder) and so might have a warmer oil containing more heating herbs. At the TAJ SPA the treatment oils are catered to your specific needs based on an health consultation from an Ayurvedic doctor.
Ayurvedic remedies (3 to 7 days)
Despite predating all other healing systems, Ayurveda offers one of the most comprehensive answers to the pressures of modern life. Stress, diabetes, spondylitis, insomnia and hypertension are just some of the lifestyle-related diseases and degenerative and psychosomatic disorders that Ayurveda actively addresses. Each of our extended ayurvedic remedies offers an individually tailored program of therapies, consultations designed to promote health, prevent disease and remedy existing ailments.