Ayurveda believes that every person is made of five basic elements constituting the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
These create the human body and its three life forces called doshas. These doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) control how our body functions.
Vata Dosha: Often considered the most powerful dosha, Vatacontrols basic physical functions including breathing, heart function,and blood flow. Eating too much, fear, grief, and staying up late at night can disrupt Vatadosha and bring forth conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and more.
Pitta Dosha:This controls digestion, metabolism, and hormones linked to appetite. If you eat extremely spicy food or encounter extreme heat in your environment, this energy can malfunction causing heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections.
Kapha Dosha: This controls muscle growth, body strength and stability, and your immune system. Sleeping during the day, eating way too much sweet, and consuming excessive salt and water can misbalance your body’s Kapha components and cause breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea, and obesity.
An element of Ayurvedic medicine, the Abhyangam is a full body massage therapy using medicated oil. The guest needs to sit on a wooden bed peculiar to this therapy. It’s call the Droni. A masseur on either side applying essential oils infused with dosha herbs on your head. The purpose is to gentlymassageto nourish your dhatus and balance the elements of your body. Abhyangam has been found very effective for removing stress, improving eyesight, immunity, longevity, sleep, rheumatism and vitality. It is u to rejuvenate and stimulate your senses.
One of Panchakarma’s crucial steps, this Ayurvedic therapy relies on the goodness of therapeutic oils nourishing the scalp. The guest lies on a wooden bed and enjoys medicated oil dripping downtheir forehead and running into their hair fromabrass potswaying above. Later you are comfortably wrapped in a towel. Shirodhara is not just for the head and can be practiced to cure different ailments. It promotes rejuvenation and revitalization of the human mind and body, diminishes the effect of aging and is particularly useful for stress, strain, sleeplessness, hair growth and relaxation.
Herbal leaves or powders are made into boluses and applied all over the body or on specific parts of the body after dipping in warm medicated oils.This is very effective for relieving joint pains, spondylosis, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis and even diabetes. According to the herbal components used kizhi can be classified as PodiKizhi which uses dry powdered herbs; ElaKizhithat which uses raw herbs like leaves and roots; NavaraKizhi which uses special Navara Rice; and ManalKizhi which uses sand particles.
Mainly used to treat muscutoskeletal issues such as strains and other sports injuries, it involves applying sustained pressure using slow deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connecting tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. Deep tissue massage is best suited for people who engage in highly physical activities, such as running, or those who have an injury or chronic pain.
Performed using deep compressing, rhythmic pressing and stretching, this therapy involves no liquid substance such as oils, or lotions. The vibrations generated through this massage improves blood circulation.Ayurvedic dry-brushing, called garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh), promotes lymphatic cleansing and is a powerful way to support the removal of ama (cellular waste products) from the body. Garshana is traditionally done using raw silk or linen gloves, though many prefer to use a natural bristle body brush. This technique is recommended for people who have signs of ama, which may include fatigue, sluggishness, feeling physical or mental dullness, constipation, and a taxed immune system.
Also known as powder massage, Udwartanamis effective for treatingmetabolic and lifestyle disorders like obesity. In this procedure, special herbal powders are applied in a particular way on the body. Urdhawa means upwards and varthanam signifies movement. This upward movement, (that is in the opposite direction of the growth of body hair) is central to this massage therapy which could also use oils depending on the patient’s physical composition. It balances kapha and vata elements of the body and provides stability and lends a healthy glow to the skin. Though the benefits of this massage are numerous. Please consult our in-house experts for further details.
This is a panchakarma treatment in which herbal juices or oils are dripped into nostrils. It is particularly effective for treating headaches, sinusitis, and migraine. The healing oils and powders used in this process stimulate important centres of the brain that control emotions which is why Nasyam is frequently usedto reducestress. The patient is made to lie on their back with a pillow beneath the neck to gain the right angle.Drops of warm, saturated oil is slowly dripped down both nostril. Then one nostril is covered as you breathe through the other one. And this process is repeated before the patient is left to just relax as the healing oils do their therapeutic job.
Kati signifies lower back or waist and Vasti means to contain or retain. Thus, Kativasti is a therapy to heal the lower back. Kativasthi is an Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy that uses herbal decoctions and medicated oils specially prepared for this therapy. The oil is then kept over the lower back along with herbal pastes mostly prepared using black gram flour or whole wheat flour and water. This treatment is good for anyone suffering from vata dosha, chronic pains, and joint problems
Like kativasthi, here too vasti means to contain or retain something. Whereas, Uro stands for chest. In essence, this is a chest oil bath treatment. Specially prepared warm medicated oil is placed on the chest which is why this procedure is also called Hrid vasthi where Hrid signifies the heart. The heart is one of the three major vital marma points of the body according to Ayurveda. Urovasthi is an effective treatment for asthma, heart diseases, muscular chest pain and other respiratory problems.
An elongated special cap is fitted on head of the patient. Warm medicated oils are then poured into this cap and sits soaking into the scalp for a period of time during whichit transfers its goodness onto the patient’s head. This treatment is ideal for insomnia, facial paralysis, numbness in head, dryness of nostrils & throat, headaches, memory ailmentsetc. This is a particularly soothing remedy for anyone suffering insomnia. Let the Ayurvedic oils heal your soul. Shivovasthy is also called Thalam in Malayalam.
Lepanam is the use of medicated herbal paste on affected parts of the body to treat various ailments like gout, arthritis and skin diseases. This is particularly effective in treating skin diseases. Medicated herbal paste is prepared with clarified butter and milk before it is applied on the patient. Lepanam massage acts as a body scrub which in turn smoothed and nourishes the skin, aids healthy blood circulation and relieve aches. Our in-house experts will be able to guide you to a personalised Lepanam treatment according to your physical constitution for the best results.
Mukhalepanam has been used as a beauty treatmentfor centuries in India. Traditional herbs are mixed to create a therapeutic pase which is then applied to the face. Mukha, as the word signifies, is the face. And lepa is best translated as coat or plaster. Mukhalepanam is best used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and hydrate the face and is extremely effective for treating wrinkles, cellulitis, blackheads etc.
Otherwise known as medicated enema, Vasthi is a therapeutic procedure in which specific herbal oils and herbal extracts are applied through the anal and vaginal cavity to detoxify the body. This treatment is effective for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints, rheumatism and chronic constipation. Vasti treatment is often considered the most effective Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment. It is even effective in cases of chronic fever, sexual disorders, kidney stones, vomiting and acidity. In short, Vasti can treat more than 80 ailment related to the vata dosha.
Treat yourself to the goodness of a rejuvenating steam bath treatment during your sojourn at The Siddha. In this process, our guests are pampered with the healing powers of steam vapours. It is a particularly relaxing process with high detoxifying benefits.
An ancient Ayurvedic technique of studying the pulse to diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances - Nadi Parikshan often helps get to the root of underlying chronic ailments.