I feel out of whack. And yeah I’m tired but, it’s more than that. It’s not like I don’t get enough sleep, or as if I’m starving myself – my brain and my body are just not computing. Stressed? Maybe. Anxious? Sometimes. Worried I’m aging before my time? Totally. So what’s wrong with me and all my friends that play me this line, like a broken record, every time we meet?
Apparently, like all apple products, we are not syncing our hardware to our software. Our minds and bodies are running in spite of each other, instead of as one. And, at this rate it’s not going to run for long… till something gives! That something, is called a mental break down. The solution a mental software upgrade, Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, is a holistic approach to health, healing, beauty and overall mental wellbeing. Demi Moore speaks openly on the treatment saving her from an unbalanced life-style and pulling her from rock bottom. So what exactly is it? No, it’s not rehab but then again, in some ways – it is.
Rita Sagrani from the Ayurveda Wellness Centre, Bondi Junction, invited me inside to learn more. Besides being credited in magazines RUSSH, Cleo, Grazia, Marie Claire, Rita explains, that Ayurveda is a 5-6,000 year old exact science of healing – not a fad treatment. It is a traditional system of healing from India that looks at relationships with the external world of people, weather, food, colour, as well as our relationships with ourselves. Doctors study in excess of 5 years, to practise techniques that interlock yoga, vedic astrology and vedic architecture.
Practitioners understand the world in energetic terms and seek to balance the three basic energies in the body-mind called Doshas. The three Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha and everyone is a different composition of these three. Once you have found out your unique Dosha body-type, you can then balance it out by changing your diet and life-style.
For example; a person dominant in Vata is sensitive to cold, prone to worry, more highly strung and more likely to suffer from dry skin and constipation. These people do better with warm, moist food, warm living conditions, regular routines and ample down-time to clear the mind.
So, naturally, I had my Doshas mapped out with an introductory treatment to see first hand the results that can be achieved. Treatments use the 5-senses; food as medicine, massage with custom medicated, herbs and oils, aromatherapy, music and colour therapy.
My particular treatment started with my feet being soaked in warm water infused with herbs and massaged. Oil was then dripped onto my scalp and worked in, focusing on pressure points. I was then taken to a bed carved out of a solid piece of wood. A continuous stream of customised oil was poured all over my body. The idea is that the oil penetrates deeply into the tissues, softens the skin, mobilizes impurities and benefits stiff joints, sore muscles and fatigue. My body was then wiped clean with a hot compress. This process was complimented with music therapy and I must admit, your mind does drift into a type of outer body experience – no joke.
Now most treatments in a day spa would end here – not Ayurveda. A separate candle lit room awaited me for a further half-hour of music therapy. I was advised to meditate or simply clear my mind of all the junk I had accumulated. After 15 minutes, a lovely practitioner brought me organic pumpkin soup and crusty bread. This was complimented with a herbal tea to aid digestion and to keep the body warm as the oils continued to penetrate deeper within my skin.
After a total of two and a half hours, I left the centre feeling celebrated, with peace of mind and a sense of purpose. To think this was only an introductory session?!
So what’s the damage to the wallet? Nothing more than your usual sports massage and even less than day spa. Customised treatments range from $65 to $300. Additionally, you can arrange to see the doctor to exactly map out your Doshas and have food, plants, herbs and oils prescribed to balance them out. Ayurveda doctors can also use your pulse to see whether certain organs are under performing and prescribe a life-style plan to re-sync everything.
It has been a week since my treatment and it’s the first time I’ve actually received compliments about how fresh, energetic and happy I come across. I am looking forward to investigating this wellness doctrine further and letting you know whether the results are sustainable.