Your face is always on display to the world. Our facial expressions often create the first impression of us as a person.
In Ayurveda, we use the face to diagnose. Each part of the face represents a different organ. Areas of dryness, redness or puffiness point to an imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha respectively. By massaging the face, we help bring balance to the body.
Introducing the Kansa Wand
The word 'Kansa' (pronounced cun-za) comes from the Sanskrit word 'Kansya', which means 'bronze'. It refers to a metal alloy that was developed in India over 3000 years ago, consisting of about 80% copper with traces of tin and zinc.
Kansa is considered in Ayurveda as a healing metal with therapeutic benefits, such as increasing collagen and reducing inflammation.
The last few centuries saw Kansa being used for developing massage tools for healing.
Kitchari (pronounced kitch-a-ree) is a one-pot healing wonder of white bhasmati rice, yellow mung dhal, ghee and digestive spices that is extensively used in Ayurveda to balance the digestion and gently detoxify, whilst nourishing all the tissues of the body.
A Complete Protein
The combination of grain and pulse forms a complete protein that has sustained vegetarians of the Asian subcontinent for thousands of years. The human body needs 20 amino acids to make up proteins for the cells of the body. Of these 20 amino acids, only 11 can be produced by the body. The other 9 amino acids are known as Essential Amino Acids (EAA) as they cannot be produced by the body and need to be obtained from food. Although grains and pulses in isolation from each other have some of these 9 EAA's missing, when combined they compliment each other so that all 9 EAA's are present. It is for this reason that Ayurveda views Kitchari as a complete meal.
Shirodhara is by far the most iconic treatment of Ayurveda. It is considered the King of all treatments, as it treats a wide variety of conditions in Ayurvedic clinical practice.
The name Shirodhara, comes from the two Sanskrit words Shiras meaning ‘head’ and Dhara meaning ‘to pour’. This deeply relaxing and nurturing treatment involves the continuous pouring of warm medicated oil over the forehead, using a pot with a tap that controls the flow of oil. The oil is gently poured from side to side across the forehead, at times resting over the midpoint of the forehead.