ETT LEVANDE YOGACENTER DÄR ALLA KAN VÄXA!
We welcome Inga Berente to Uppsala Yogaskola to give of her knowledge and treatments of ayurveda. Inga is indeed a five star therapist with magical hands. She is skilled with several massage techinques and schools, but it is with the ayurvedic holistic view of the body she felt at home and want to share its deep effects.
Treatments and prices:
Honey Massage for the whole body 1h 650 SEK
Champi Head Massage 1h 650 SEK
Body Massage Sambahana 1.5h 900 SEK 2h 1200 SEK
Marma Chiktisa point massage 1h 650 SEK
Padabjanga foot massage 1h 650 SEK
Meru Danda Chickitsa 1h 650 SEK
Anti-cellulite massage GARŠAN 1.5 h 900 SEK
Cosmetic massage Mukhabjanga 1h 650 SEK
Japanese Facial massage 1h 650 SEK
Inga will be back for
March 5 - 12,
March 30 - April 5,
May 6 - 13
Udwarthanam (Powder massage)
Do you want to improve your tone, reducing cellulite, increasing your blood circulation? This Scrub massage is done herbal powder adjusted to your constitution! Reduces skin problems, cholesterol, inducing the removal of the waste products, as result your skin will be soft and glowing. Recommended in overweight cases. Refresh and strengthen your muscles!
Discover the Magic of the Powder Massage!
Udwarthanam is a special deep tissue massage using herbal powders. The massage pressure breaks down and melts the fat under the skin. Depending on your constitution oil massage will take place or not. The treatment ends by complete rest 15 minutes and another 15 minutes of steam, sudation therapy (Swedana).
It improves the blood circulation, the skin texture and rejuvenates the body. Certain skin diseases can be treated with Udwarthanam.
Benefits of Udwarthanam
When it is not recommended
Pinda Swedana (Medicated Packages)
Do you have deep muscle pain? Have you ever experienced a massage Pinda Swedana Medicated Packages? Have you lost strength or mobility in any area? Or maybe you are retaining fluids, feeling bloated? Depending on your needs, the medicinal packages will be filled with a special medicated rice or with herbs, with or without oils. This treatment lubricates the joints, stimulates blood circulation, eliminates toxins and again provides a deep relaxation of the tissues. This treatment has a purifying and at the same time nutritious effect.
When this treatment is not indicated
Nasya (Nasal treatment)
Do you suffer from congestion, allergies or sinusitis? Do you often have migraines or headaches? This treatment cleans and opens the channels of your head strengthening your senses! Would you like to improve your taste and smell while being able to breath better and easier? Includes head, neck, shoulders and chest massage. Book it here!
When this massage is not indicated
Abhyanga Full Body Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Do you want to balance your doshas and stimulate the self-healing ability of your body, mind and spirit? Medicated oils help you to prevent, maintain or recover health. It aids towards deep relaxation, eliminating stress, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia. It nourishes and strengthen the tissues, activating your lymphatic system and your blood circulation, slowing down the aging process. It assist detoxifying the body through the elimination of metabolic wastes, removing blockages, tension and pain.
Regular massage is great for the body and mind!
Different specific oils are recommended depending on their core constitution, the season, and any current imbalances. This practice balances all three doshas, especially the Vata dosha, which is the root behind many imbalances and symptoms in the body and mind.
The Vata dosha governs the nervous system and its movement. Vata by nature is cold, dry, light and is constantly moving. Oils have completely the opposite qualities that are why they are great for Vata management and for the grounding support of the nervous system, addressing stress, regulating sleep patterns, decreasing the effects of aging, and much more.
Abhyanga works on the circulatory and lymph system, helping flushing toxins and wastes out, circulating vital nutrients to the tissues and cells, promoting overall health and longevity, while it stimulates the internal organs and lubricates the joints.
When abhyanga is not indicated
Honey Massage for the whole body
Yes, quite unbelievable, but this natural product can do wonders!
Honey massage is one of the massage types originating in ancient Tibet. Honey is used in this massage as a sticky substance that can pull out the “polluted” energy from the body and, by infiltrating the skin, supply the organism with its fantastic healing properties. The result is the improvement of physical state and metabolism and cleansed energy channels; it also favourably affects the digestive system and
nutrient processing, as well as smoothens out the skin. The skin absorbs the substances of honey and the remaining honey sucks in toxins, cleanses the
surface of the skin and makes the skin silky, firm and smooth. The wonderful effect of honey can be felt already after the first procedure.
This massage is not recommended in cases of serious heart diseases, dilated veins, acute inflammation, tumours and certain traumas. People with allergic reactions to any of the bee products should be extra careful!
Effects of the honey massage:
Champi Head Massage
This ancient Indian massage for head and the upper part of body is known for five thousand years and successfully used also in modern times as a healing and relaxation method. In Sanskrit Champi means “filling with energy”.
This massage is very deep and relaxing. During it the main emphasis is put on spots where the physical body meets the fine bodies, that is, the marma points and the points where muscles, arteries, ligaments, tendons and joints are connected.
Body Massage Sambahana
Sambahana involves a full body massage with a great deal of warm oil, which is usually individually chosen for every client. Universal oils can also be used.
During the massage not only the body switches off, but also weariness completely vanishes, all of the muscles relax and your body regains strength. Besides a fully positive physical effect, this massage has uniquely powerful healing abilities, because it affects both, the physical and the energetic – ethereal, emotional and mental – bodies. Thus, the finer levels of the human’s body are revived, which are the basis for spiritual weariness, which, in turn, can create physical exhaustion and even illnesses.
Marma Chikitsa Point Massage
Marma chikitsa, otherwise called the happiness massage, is one of the most effective ayurvedic massages. The masseur rubs the oil with careful motions into marma points or life points, where our physical body connects with the fine bodies. Energy flows through these points, and it is at the heart of an individual’s physical and psychological processes. These marma points are activated with incenses that make the massage unique in itself and in terms of the technique, the feelings and the results. The special effect of the incense and the oil revitalizes the natural link between the physical and fine bodies, so harmony in the body, the spirit and the mind is renewed.
Marma Chikitsa effects:
PADABHJANGA FOOT MASSAGE
The Foot Thai massage is a technique of over 3000 years of history; it was created in China and was carried by monks over to Thailand where it was enriched with the Indian reflexology methods and improved.
There are points on feet – all the projections of organs and by affecting them we can easily affect the whole body. By working on energetic lines and points of acupuncture, the whole inner organ functions are favorably regulated. It creates a harmonious condition and intensively fills the body with life’s energy. Absolute relaxation and a surprisingly good feeling of inner comfort are achieved. The massage is performed with hand fingers and a wooden stick, by also applying special creams and oils. It is recommended for everyone – adults, kids and middle-aged individuals (if there are no side effects). It is first of all necessary for healthy people to maintain well-being as well as prevent illnesses.
Padabhjanga Foot Massage effects:
Meru Danda Chickitsa
Meru Danda in the ancient language Sanscrit means ‘the axis of the world’. The basic principle of the procedure is that the state of health largely depends on the condition of the spine. Likewise all Yoga massages, the massage therapist performs this procedure not only by giving a physial effect, but he also uses prana, the life energy which activates the patient’s energy inside the spine.
Meru Danda Chickitsa prevents and cures osteochondritis. It intensifies the lymph circulation, eliminates toxins and salt from spinal bones. By the end of this massage course, the ‘axis of the world’, the patient’s spine, will be free from a chronic fatigue and stress.
Anti-cellulite massage GARŠAN
Anti-cellulite procedure performed massage using natural fiber material mittens, oil, the procedure shall include sauna attendance.
Massage takes place in three stages.
Step 1 - vigorous rubbing and massaging the whole's body in a natural fibrous material gloves assistance (zīds- crude cotton, jute or hemp). This activates the circulatory and lymphatic systems, granting body energy, speeds up the metabolism, strengthens metabolism and cleanses the skin, removal of dead skin cells.
Step 2 - a purified and prepared lubrication body with specially prepared oil which provides anti-cellulite and lifting effect. The oil is made for each client individually, taking into account his ayurvedic constitution and the nature of the problem, made up of high quality essential and vegetable oils. Lubrication helps to eliminate toxins and contaminants from the body, freeing up nutrients. Such a procedure improves the
structure of the skin, giving it a healthy shine and flexibility.
Stage 3 - Ayurvedic steam bath Švēde visit. Sauna provides good izsviedrēšanu, allowing to eliminate toxins and infused essential oil components, and promotes weight loss. Then the skin is applied NUTA flour to remove oil residues and toxins. The procedure ends with a warm shower, which takes about 2 hours.
Cosmetic Massage Mukhabjanga
Cosmetic massage that nourishes the skin and makes it more flexible, improves its structure, smoothens mimic wrinkles.
It includes the head, face, neck, décolleté, arms and abdominal massage to special ayurvedic oil. After the massage cleansing and nourishing mask.
This massage tightens and nourishes the skin, improves its structure, smoothes mimic wrinkles.
Mukhabjanga a positive effect on the whole organism. Output from the body slag and toxins saturate it with prana. Very relaxing and rejuvenating effect.
For best results it is recommended 10 treatments.
Japanese Facial Massage
An effect that is noticeable after the first session, bringing a sense of deep relaxation and renewal.
Japanese "IMPERIAL" facial massage - is an ancient way to preserve the beauty, the art of which is transmitted from master to disciple from the middle of the XV century This energizes technique combines ancient Japanese massage Anma, acupuncture and lymphatic drainage..
The technique, which also includes a massage of the neck and head, helping to reduce stress in the body, free from toxins, renews and restores skin tissue face. It stimulates the facial nerves, restores blood circulation. It makes the skin smooth, supple, radiant. It improves the skin's ability to retain moisture, prevents and reduces the aging process.
Thanks to the Japanese Empress, who has a particular preference for this facial massage, this technique has become famous and indispensable today.
Massage stimulates the energy meridians that balances and harmonizes the condition of internal organs. It is a powerful and at the same time, gentle skin care. Simple massage techniques, influencing the energy meridians and points, along with lymph drainage allow non-surgical way to achieve a lifting effect.
Japanese "IMPERIAL" facial massage is the most effective known natural methods of qualitative improvement of the skin and slow the aging process, which is achieved as a result of regular practice of this massage.
History of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a system of healing that was originated in India thousands of years ago.
Historical evidence of Ayurveda could be found in the ancient books of wisdom known as the Vedas. In
Rig Veda, the oldest of the vedas, over 60 Ayurvedic preparations were mentioned that could be used to
help an individual in overcoming various ailments. The Rig Veda was written over 6,000 years ago, but
really Ayurveda has been around even longer than that. Ayurveda is more than just a medical system. It
is a Science of Life.
Ayurveda is a science in the sense that it is a complete system. It is a qualitative,holistic science of
health and longevity, a philosophy and system of healing the whole person, body and mind. This system
evolved at a time when philosophy and medicine were not separated; hence philosophical views have
strongly influenced the Ayurvedic way of thinking.
The word, Ayurveda, derived from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, means "Knowledge of Life".
Ayurveda's basic principle is the concept that you are capable of taking charge of your own life and
As per Ayurveda there are three main energies that combine to form all things in the universe. These are
recognized as being fundamental to all life and are seen in the processes of growth, maintenance, and
decay. Their actions are named anabolism, metabolism, and catabolism in the western sciences.
Three Doshas Or Three Energetic Forces Control The Activities Of The Body Are:
The Vata dosha is the most important of the three doshas. In the classic Ayurveda books it is quoted that
other doshas are lame without the help of vata. The elements combine with Ether and Air in dominance
to form what is known in Ayurveda as Vata Dosha Vata dominates the lower part of the body, which is
below umbilicus. The movements of body fluid, metabolism, elimination of waste products, relaying
stimulus to brain and response to organs and tissues, heart beat, respiration, body movements etc are
assisted by VATA. Vata dominated regions are intestines, lumbar region, ears, bones and skin.
The elements with Fire and Water in dominence combine to form the Pitta Dosha . The Pitta Dosha is
responsible for the process of transformation or metabolism. The transformation of foods into nutrients
that our bodies can assimilate is an example of a Pitta function. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism
in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism.
Finally, it is predominantly the water and earth elements, which combine to form the Kapha Dosha.
Kapha is responsible for growth, adding structure unit by unit. It also offers protection, for example, in
form of the cerebral-spinal fluid, which protects the brain and spinal column. The mucosal lining of the
stomach is another example of the function of Kapha Dosha protecting the tissues.
When the three Doshas are well harmonised and function in a balanced manner, it results in good
nourishment and well-being of the individual. But when there is imbalance or disharmony within or
between them, it will result in elemental imbalance, leading to various kinds of ailments. The Ayurvedic
concept of physical health revolves round these three Doshas and its primary purpose is to help maintain
them in a balanced state and thus to prevent disease.
How Ayurveda seasonal tips can support you
Ayurveda has six seasons rather than the four we know of in the western world. They are known as Shishira (winter), Vasanta (spring), and Grishma (summer) in Uttarayan and Varsha (monsoon), Sharata (autumn), and Hemanta (late autumn).
Sharad or Autumn is known as the season of transition and there is increased Vata dosha in the atmosphere which carries into winter as well. Vata brings increased air and prana (subtle life force) as light, dry, subtle,cold, rough qualities which are apparent in nature as well as inside our bodies and minds. Those with a Vata dominant constitution may find themselves feeling extra scattered, forgetful, anxious, have difficulty remembering things, feel flighty and even fearful due to the increased Vata in their system.
In Ayurveda a daily and seasonal routine is a key component of self care and for maintaining optimal health, the seasonal routine is referred to as Ritucharya and the daily routine is Dinacharya. A few simple techniques in our daily practice will help prepare our bodies for winter and deep rest, supporting our immune system by insuring our agni (digestive fire) stays strong and burns clean.
As the hours of available sunlight decrease it is often challenging to wake up early especially for those who are Vata and Kapha dominant, for this season Ayurveda suggests we still aim to wake up before 6:00 am.
Between 2:00 am - 6:00 am is Vata time of the day so when we arise between those hours it means we carry the lightness of Vata energy throughout the day. This is also the ideal time to do spiritual practices because there is deep solitude in the atmosphere at that time and it Vata allows us to connect to the subtle world much faster and easier. The later you rise from from 6:00 am you will go into the Kapha time of day (6:00 am -10 am) which means likely feeling more tired, sluggish and heavy. If you are like me and need that extra sleep you can push it a little extra to 7 or 7:30 am especially on those freezing, dark, rainy days
As usual you want to wake up and stretch the body, avoid reaching for your phone until your morning practice is complete and instead opt for starting with a few quiet moments of sitting up in bed and having gratitude for the new day, send blessings out to the world and write down your intention for the day. I like to write 3 personal and 3 professional goals which help me have a focus for the day and reduce anxiety which comes very easily during this season as a result of Vata disturbance.
Morning elimination can be a challenge because we tend to indulge in heavier foods, more sweets and late night eating during this season so ensure that you are supplementing with triphala and/or amla (better for those with high Vata) every evening before bedtime.
After elimination and brushing your teeth use a tongue scraper to get rid of the ama (toxins) from undigested food (and emotions) this also helps kindle the digestive fire followed by a cup of hot water with lemon, you can add ginger if you feel you need extra tummy support. Our self care has a very strong focus on the stomach and digestive system because it is the second brain of the body and has the greatest impact on our health and well-being.
Abhyanga is also at the core of daily ayurveda self care in every season, this is a full body oil massage done prior to bathing. It helps to break up the toxins under the skin and draw out impurities from the deeper tissues. Abhyanga restores the lustre and softness in the skin, lower anxiety and stress, increase blood flow and circulation, lubricates joints, stimulates internal organs, cultivates self love and connection to the body amongst many other benefits. You can use warmed, cold pressed and organic sesame oil for Vata and Kapha dosha, Pitta should can do a mix of sesame with sunflower or coconut.
A proper seasonal diet with fresh, organic, easily digestible and nourishing foods for each dosha is essential achieving optimal health but contrary to modern belief system of “you are what you eat” in Ayurveda, “you are what you digest” hence our focus on strengthening agni and purifying the digestive system.
Autumn calls for a Vata balancing diet that keep the digestive system liquid and warm which means nourishing cooked foods with plenty of warming and stimulating spices such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon garnished with ghee. Avoid cold,frozen raw, processed,heavy and oily foods as they dampen the digestive fire; favour sweet, salty and sour taste instead of bitter,pungent and astringent. Also limit intake of caffeine which is a big Vata aggravator, choose warm herbal teas, CCF tea, hot water with lemon + ginger instead. Favour sweet fruits : Apples (cooked), avocados, bananas,dates,figs, grapes, lemon, mango,cooked pear, papaya, oranges/tangerines, soaked raisins & prunes. Use plenty of cooked, watery vegetables such as: Asparagus,avocado, beets, carrots, okra, pumpkin, summer & winter squash, sweet potatoes, yams,zucchini. Vata pacifying Grains: Amaranth, durham, cooked oats, quinoa, all rice, seitan, sprouted wheat.
Power off electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime to reduce activity in the mind which is aggravating to Vata. Create a consistent bedtime of at least 10 pm,( latest 11/11:30) any later will push you into Pitta time which brings a second burst of energy pushing the mind & body into activity mode and making it difficult to get restful sleep. Bathe if possible or wash your feet with warm water to remove the days energy and oil them with sesame mixed with a few drops of lavender or sandalwood oil for a sound sleep.
Practice having a nightly meditation practice which can consist of letting go of anything you feel you did not achieve, forgiveness and gratitude for what you did cultivate that day. This helps settle the mind as the tendency is to be stuck on what we did not do which can create a habitual operating pattern resulting in anxiety, anger or depression so support your mind, body and spirit by learning to let thoughts and emotions flow.
A warm and yummy nighttime drink such as herbal tea or haldi doodh with ghee is also helpful is settling vata dosha, lubricating the digestive tract and preparing the body for a restful sleep. 1 tsp ghee can also be taken internally with hot water for Vata and Pitta dominant people, Kapha can have a very small amount of ghee and add some ginger/honey which helps Kapha to assimilate the ghee.
Warming Hug Haldi Doodh / Golden Mylk
1 Cup of your choice dairy-free mylk or whole fat organic milk
1/2- 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric or organic turmeric powder ( I love Diaspora Co. haldi)
1/8 tsp of nutmeg (natural sleep aid)
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
pinch of black pepper
1 tsp ghee
Optional: raw organic honey or vegan honey like Bumble Bloom Cardamom to sweeten or blend milk with soaked dates for an extra delicious treat. When using honey do not add to the mylk when it is hot, wait until it has cooled to drinkable temperature as heating honey makes it toxic for consumption.
Optional: You can add Ashwagandha root powder which is a powerful Ayurvedic adaptogen herb that helps with adrenal fatigue, lowers cortisol levels, stress and anxiety, reduces symptoms of depression and improves memory function.
Warm your mylk/milk on the stove top on medium heat and add all spices except honey & ghee, bring to a boil 3 x, this helps take out the Kapha element in the milk making it easier to digest. Pour into your favourite mug and stir in your ghee, if you are using dates you can carefully blend milk while it’s hot with 1-3 pre-soaked dates or wait until its cool to add your raw honey. Vegan honey can be added right away as it not affected by heat.