After having gone through the hectic year-end period, it is good to take time to reflect on our well-being – be it physical or spiritual.
Waiting for the days to get longer, minute by minute, gives us a great opportunity for self-care and self-reflection.
The best approach for this is, in my opinion, through Ayurveda.
When I first learned about Ayurveda, at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, it resonated with me immediately because it married beauty and health so seamlessly.
I have since incorporated Ayurvedic concepts into all of the treatments I offer, whether I am choosing types of body work to recommend or the herbs, spices or oils I use in my personalized treatments.
Ayurveda means “science of life”. It is an ancient healing system, dating back thousands of years, based on the concept that, to be healthy, one must be in balance physically, mentally and spiritually.
An Ayurvedic practitioner/doctor determines an individual’s “Dosha” constitution and makes appropriate recommendations.
When the Doshas are balanced we are healthier and happier.
Ayurvedic recommendations encompass:
I am offering an Ayurvadic Marma Facial for the month of January and to mid-February.
Marma points are where the physical and spiritual worlds meet. Massaging them stimulates (even though it is a very gentle manipulation) the organs and body systems that they correspond to.
This treatment is the ultimate in relaxation.
You get the full, customized facial including a hand and foot massage.
With meditative music playing throughout, the treatment starts with a warming foot bath and ends with a mask – rejuvenating your soul as well as your body, by giving you time for meditation and reflection.
Skin that is healthy and intact creates a mechanical barrier, preventing the penetration of harmful substances into the rest of the body, as part of the non-specific body defense system.
Harsh cleansers disrupt this protective layer and who needs that?
A good cleanser should be gentle and easy to rinse off with water. It should clean your face and take off all makeup. It should not contain:
So, to keep your skin healthy this summer, my cleansers of choice would be: