WINTER MASSAGE TREATMENTS
Ayurvedic lifestyle practices change seasonally. The winter season is a time of hibernation and going within. It is when we are called to longer periods of introspection and self-care practices that build the immune system. You will see these themes supported by the treatments that we offer during winter including the types of oils and herbs that we use in our treatments.
HOT OIL MASSAGE OR SHEA BUTTER MASSAGE
Traditionally Called Abhyanga
Abhyanga is the foundational massage that is a cornerstone in ayurvedic body therapy. Its primary defining feature lies in the type of oil that is used and how it is applied. In our winter abhyanga treatment we use oil infused with rejuvenative herbs that build and stabilize the body as it profoundly hydrate the skin. We apply the oil using specific strokes that regulate the way that prana (the life force) moves through the body. The oil and its application is powerfully sedating to the nervous system, releases tension in the muscles and provides lasting benefits to the mind, body and spirit. After your treatment, you will be guided to the showers where you will self-apply ‘ubtan’ a traditional ‘soap’ made of chickpea flour and herbs that pull the oil off the skin.
If you are not enthusiastic about oil, we have an in-house blend made of shea butter that is emulsified with herbs and essential oils that smell of vetiver and sandalwood that we will joyfully use in its place.
HOT OIL OR SHEA BUTTER MASSAGE WITH HERBAL STEAM
Traditionally Called Swedana
Herbal steam opens the energetic channels in the body allowing for the full penetration of the medicinal oil to saturate the tissues. After your hot oil massage, your ayurvedic therapist will guide you to our steam cabinet where your entire body will be bathed in the nutritive properties of essential oils and steam.
Cypress Herbal Steam, Lymph Treatment, Shea Butter Massage
Stay warm this winter season when we wrap you with a warm massage and herbal steam that enhances circulation, stimulates the lymph and hydrates the skin. Receive a a dry brushing treatment to stimulate the lymph and exfoliate the skin. Next, you are wrapped in a cocoon of cypress infused steam, and carried away into a dream like state as your therapist gives you a hair and scalp treatment with one of our handcrafted serums. Finally, receive a full body massage with Hamsa’s signature shea butter blend — a delicious emulsion of pure, raw shea butter and organic cocao butter with the essential oils of vanilla bean, helichrysum and sandalwood.
DETOXIFYING WARM HERBAL PASTE MASSAGE
Traditionally called Udvartana. Used For Weight Loss & Cleansing
This treatment begins with a hot oil massage. Then, your ayurvedic therapist applies warm medicinal herbs blended into a thick paste, along the energetic pathways in the body, using specific strokes that flush the lymphatic system. This treatment is powerfully detoxifying and enhances blood circulation. Learn more about udvartana here
Support the qualities of winter in our ritual experiences that emphasize introspection, silence and looking within. These treatments are powerful rejuvenators that warm the body, build the immune system and stabilize the nervous system.
3rd EYE JOURNEY
Traditionally Called Shirodhara
The space between the brows, or 3rd eye, is a sacred region in yogic anatomy related to intuition and our ability to see our individual story as it relates to the cosmic web of the entire universe. In this treatment, your therapist will teach you a meditation for cultivating intuition. Then, your scalp and hair will be massaged with sacred oils that nourish and heal. In ayurveda, the head is the most important region of the body to massage and is a portal to the entire nervous system. Finally you will experience shirodhara, a traditional treatment where warm oil is poured over the 3rd eye to powerfully sedate the nervous system and induce an inward journey. Benefits: relaxation, deep rest, rejuvenation, develops intuition, relieves headache and nervous tension, restores proper sleep and alleviates the negative affects of chronic worry, tension and stress.
Relieve Eye Tension, Expand Clear Perception
The eyes are the windows to the soul. From an ayurvedic perspective, they are also the windows to the deeper functioning of our physiology. The whites of the eyes can tell us about the health of the liver and the blood, or if there is chronic anger or frustration. Netra Tarpana, the ayurvedic name for washing the eyes with ghee, is used to purify the eyes and enhance our spiritual site. The treatment is unusual, profound and lasting. It begins with a meditation to invoke Truth Seeing. Then, your therapist will build a damn made of dough around each eye and fill it with ghee. You can open your eye under the healing, hydrating and nourishing ghee, or keep it closed. Opening the eye is safe and feels pleasant. Many people are stunned by how much whiter and brighter their eyes are after the treatment, and report how deeply massaged their eyes feel for hours and even days after. Benefits: deeply hydrates the eyes, relieves eye tension and some types of headache, whitens the eyes, and enhances the ability to see the truth.
1 HOURS | $125 [Book Online]
Forgive, Release, Let Go, Love
In ayurvedic medicine, the heart is the seat of consciousness and the mind. It is the origin of ojas. Ojas is our vitality, endurance, fortitude and joy. Although ojas originates in the heart ,it circulates through the entire body. Ojas is depleted by chronic stress, worry, and fear. In this treatment, you will learn a meditation practice for healing the heart. You will be guided through an invocation to let go — to live more fully in the present moment, to forgive and to trust. Finally, your therapist will build a damn made of dough around your heart. Traditionally called, Hridaya Basti, this treatment is used to replenish ojas and heal all issues of the physical and emotional heart.
1 HOURS | $125 [Book Online]
Back Pain Therapy for Inner Alignment
The back is the support of the physical and emotional body. It is well documented that there are often psychosomatic reasons for chronic low back issues and pain. In this treatment, you will learn a meditation practice for strengthening inner reliance, support and detachment. You will also receive a treatment called kati basti that is specifically for relieving back pain. Your therapist will build a dough damn around the low back and fill it with medicinal oil to help release deep muscular tension and strain. We strongly recommend adding massage to this treatment to help relieve pain.
1 HOURS | $125 [Book Online]
ADD A MASSAGE TO YOUR RITUAL
Tell Us Which Ritual In Your When Booking Your Appointment Online
Add a full body hr long massage to any of our ritual experiences. Please indicate which ritual you would like to experience so that we can plan accordingly. Many of our treatments require advance herbal preparation.
1 1/2 HOURS | $195 [Book Online]
Described as life changing by our clients, customized journeys are treatment experiences designed to create a shift in consciousness, belief and behavior — they incorporate guided meditation and deep introspective practices, and are best for those who are willing to do their inner work, and are ready to let go of patterns that no longer serve.