Elizabeth Halliday-Reynolds, LMT talks about an Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurveda utilizes the curative properties of plants, herbs and essential oils to improve the skin’s health and relieve the stress, tension and emotion of daily life. The science of Ayurveda is thousands of years old and is still practiced to great benefit in the East. Sessions are personalized to ensure oils and pressure match the client’s needs. Our teacher Karyn Chabot likes to quote her teacher: “Love is messy, Love is oily!

Components of an Ayurvedic Massage

Garshana – A dry skin brushing technique with silk gloves. Exfoliates the skin, stimulates circulation and readies the body for the purification of oils.

Abhyanga – The delectable application of generous amounts of warm oils rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D and F help eliminate toxins from the body. Energy flow is kept though special techniques called terminal clearance.

Shirodhara – A steady stream of warm oil flows onto the 3rd eye point and onto the back of the head. This technique clears the mind and senses and promotes natural healing and stress relief.

Mentioned in the video but no longer offered as part of our sessions:

Karna Purna – Warm oil applied in the ear grounds the body and sedates the senses promoting even deeper relaxation.

Nasya – According to Ayurveda, the nose is the doorway to the brain and to consciousness. Drops of oil applied in the nostrils are said to heal ear disorders, sinus problems, migraine, colds, and anxiety.


Swedhana – Uses a specially designed over the table steam tent to allow for a delicious steam bath after an Ayurveda massage. Steam opens up the pores to allow the body to receive the oils and promotes sweating. Sweating heals the body naturally detoxify through the skin.

Shila Abhyanga – Our Sacred Stone massage uses beautiful basalt stones that are handpicked from the East Coast are blessed by Karyn Chabot a healer and teacher. We heat them and lay them directly on the body along the chakra points.

Note: Sweet video taken by Melita Mollohan back in 2011.
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