Hill Country Healing Arts & Massage

Healing The Hill Country since 2002

Ayruvedic Bliss Therapy

 Shirodhara Meditative Bliss

Shirodhara is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment that can feel so good, its often described as  

Bliss Therapy

Shirodhara is translated from Sanskrit as “shiro” meaning head and “dhara” meaning flow. Shirodhara then consists of a stream of warm oil poured slowly and steadily over the forehead at the third eye location (seat of consciousness). As the oil strokes the third eye, one dissolves into an ocean of calm relaxation, balancing the deepest recesses of the brain. One then begins to experience feeling immersed in a meditative state which denotes a state somewhere between a person’s sleep and awakened states. Joyful feelings emerge as old stresses, traumas and tensions are released, allowing for the metabolic rate stop and the brain waves to slow down bringing the nervous system into an absorbed state of peace and tranquility.

Some of the benefits or Shirodhara include: stimulating the endocrine system, activating and balancing the pituitary and pineal glands (for hormonal upsets) -simulating pleasure neurotransmitters (for depression, mood swings, emotional insecurities and addictions of various kinds) -helps many diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat -helps various disease of the nervous system -improves digestion and the health of the skin and hair -rejuvenates face by removing worry lines -clears inertia and negativity, grounding a person and giving positive feelings -brings spiritual awakening and increased intuition.

Ayurveda’s main aim is to enhance and preserve the wisdom of every cell throughout our journey in life. Shirodhara truly honors the body as a sacred temple and a vehicle for the divine spirit within, allowing us to  honor our life light.

Please bring a clean towel for your hair. Leave time to sit, unwind and sip some tea..        

Shirodhara - $120 ~ Includes head, neck, shoulder and feet massage. (app 60 min )

Abhyanga Sessions- $120 ( Includes optional breast massage for women ( requires signed consent form ) 75 min

Compelete Bliss Session  ( Full body Abhyanga ayurvedic massage 60 min and Shirodhara) -  $250 ( 2+ hrs )

Please note -  Shirodhara session makes hair VERY oily. Please do not plan social events or outdoor events after your Ayurevda/ Shirodhara/ session. Try to rest staying indoor. You may shower after 2 hours after shirodhra to remove oil from hair as it is recommended to keep oil  on the body for minimum 2 hours (ideally 24 hours) as it continues to heal cells after the therapy. Please bring a large towel to wrap your hair in. 

Warmed Clay Herbal Wrap & Shower  $60

Garshana - Exfoliation (Dry Lymphatic Brushing) $20

The brushing  increases circulation, and cleanses the skin so herbal oil can penetrate deeply

This procedure synchronizes  brainwaves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body and spirit. Shirodhara enchances blood circulation to the brain and improves memory. Left alone a few minutes afterwards to relax and assimilate this deeply calming experince.

 

Thin thread of warmed oil is poured over the forehead and scalp. Shirodhara relaxes and calms the mind, pacifies vatha, cleanses, calms, and balances the nervous system, relieves stress, quiets the senses, and improves mental clarity. Shirodhara improves the body’s healing ability and is used before the rejuvenation (Kriya karma) therapies. Shirodhara is usually repeated several times a week for optimal benefits. Shirodhara also adds luster and sheen to the hair, reduces dry scalp, for healthier hair and scalp.

 

 One of only a few places in the Austin and surrounding towns to provide this magnificent form of healing work. Enjoy a private session in the comfort of a quiet, meditative retreat located near Dripping Springs and Lakeway in the Texas Hill Country just outside Austin.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN AYURVEDIC MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION !

If you never had one you might be wondering what is an Ayurveda Massage Treatment and how is it different from a regular massage. Well if you already had one you will know and most likely be in love this treatment that treats not just the body, but also the nervous sytem, brings deep nourishment to all the cells and tissues as well as the mind. I am using only the highest organic oils.Here is what you can expect during a treatment : 

This deeply relaxing massage brings nourishment to the tissues, cells and energy channels, deep relaxation to the muscles and calmness to the mind and nervous system. Because each of you is unique, special handcrafted organic oils from Banyan Botanicals  are used which are prepared with herbs to maximize the healing process. This is a whole body massage involving the back, arms, hands, neck, head, legs feet, hips. The oils are heated to a comfortable temperature.  Using Ayurvedic oils in massage is a potent contributor at maintaining harmony and balance. Due to the extremely small size of the oil molecule, Ayurveda oils penetrate the skin easily and transport the healing properties of nature, directly to the cells in the body. Oils used can vary depending on the season and the individual constitution (Dosha) all our oils used are organic and have a base of Sesame. This deeply healing therapy is beneficial for the nervous system and immune system and supports the healing of many disease in the body and mind.

Your Ayurveda massage treatment  will begin with a short consultation. This is designed to identify your needs and expectations and will allow me to adapt the Ayurveda massage treatment to suit you. This will take around 15 minutes.                
This will then be followed by an Ayurveda massage treatment tailored to your requirements lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes ( depending on the appointment ). The oil is heated and applied directly to your skin. You will be covered with  soft sheets, blankets & towels throughout the treatment, and only the parts being massaged will be exposed, ensuring you feel warm and secure. For your own comfort it is best to remove all garments, jewelry and piercings  as otherwise oil may get in contact with them. Please let me know if there is any body part you wish not be to be massaged such as your chest/ breasts. I have a consent form. Your Hair will also come in contact with the oils, the oils are good for your skin and hair and offer deep nourishment.
Please bear in mind that you may feel very relaxed after the treatment, so you may want to plan your activities following the treatment to match this feeling. Please allow an additional 15-20 minutes for all first treatments as part of the process prior to and following the treatment. I will always try and make you feel relaxed, safe and comfortable throughout your treatment allowing afterwards for greater health, and vitality in your life.

Other benefits are: 
Strengthens Immune System                                                                                                                                                                                               Nourishes the cells, tissues and energy channels                                                                                                                                                               Imparts softness, strength and color to the body
Decreases the effects of aging
Nourishes the body
Increases longevity
Benefits sleep patterns
Benefits skin
Strengthens the body’s tolerance
Imparts a firmness to the limbs
Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
Stimulates the internal organs of the body, increasing circulation
Pacifies vata and pitta

Dosha Evaluation

According to Ayurvedaz, there are five fundamental elements that nature is divided into:

Space (Akasha)

Air (Vayu)

Fire (Agni)

Water (Apu)

Earth (Prithvi)

These elements are also what encompass the human physiology. Therefore, everything that is in nature is also within us. By looking at what these elements do in the body and how they function together, Ayurveda pinpoints three principle physiological energies or forces, called Doshas. The three Doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It is common for people to have a blend of these characteristics, but usually one will tend to be dominate.

Vata

If you are predominantly Vata, you tend to be thin, light, and quick in your thoughts and actions. Change is a constant part of your life. When Vata is balanced, you are creative, enthusiastic, and lively. But if Vata becomes excessive, you may develop anxiety, insomnia, or irregular digestion.

Pitta

If the Pitta dosha is most lively in your nature, you tend to be muscular, smart, and determined. If balanced, you are warm, intelligent, and a good leader. If out of balance, Pitta can make you critical, irritable and aggressive.

Kapha

If you have mostly Kapha in your nature, you tend to have a heavier frame, think and move more leisurely and are stable. When balanced, it creates calmness, sweetness, and loyalty. When excessive, Kapha can cause weight gain, congestion, and resistance to healthy change.

Using the principles of Ayurveda, you can identify your mind/body nature and use this understanding to make the most nourishing choices in your life.