Intro to Ayurveda & Indian Head Massage Course - Module 1
This is one of 5 modules required for the completion of the Spa Specialist Program. Modules may be taken individually or toward completion of the full program. You may choose to immerse yourself in an intensive course of study to accelerate your Ayurvedic practice immediately or complete courses as your schedule will allow gradually building on each aspect of your practice. In this course you will complete:
The course can be completed privately, in pre-scheduled group sessions, or part-time. Call to setup your preferred schedule. You can check the existing program schedule first to see if you can find a suitable match that works for you.
Introduction to Ayurveda
- Ayurveda Theory
- Personal Dosha Evaluation: mind, body type
- Prerequisite for all modules
Module One: Indian Head Massage
- Techniques for the three doshas
- Customization of essential oils for Vata, Pitta and Kapha
- Ayurveda and the Mind Theory
- Scalp Marma Therapy Points
- Basic Facial Marma Therapy Psychology
You will learn how to complete an exquisite Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage that includes a stress releasing scalp and shoulder treatment. The treatment includes an herbal steaming for sinus cleansing. We always teach you how to customize treatments for clients mind-body types.
Vata hair tends to be frizzy, dry, curly, tangled and static. These conditions may be present throughout the hair or just at the ends. The vata scalp can be flaky, with dandruff, itchy and dry. People with Vata heads are; active, indecisive, scattered, imaginative, and creative. The predominant emotion is fear.
The Vata scalp treatment soothes these symptoms with herbal medicated powders added to warm ghee, milk and base oils such as sesame, sweet almond, avocado, and/or castor. This customized formula is then comfortingly massaged into the scalp and hair with a gentle motions. The hair is brushed and the head is wrapped in aromatic hot towels.
The Shirodhara treatment can be added to any scalp treatment for meditation purposes.
Pitta hair tends to be oily on top with frizzy or crisp ends. Early graying and hair loss are common in Pitta types. The hair is often flat and thin. The pitta scalp tends to be red, may have blemishes, exema, psoriasis, and may be itchy and sensitive. The mental energy of Pitta’s is; agitation, frustration, and always busy organizing and trying to control their thoughts. The predominant emotion confronting the mind is anger.
The Pitta scalp treatment comforts these symptoms with a cooling herbal preparation of chilled coconut paste and/or organic natural yogurts. The powered herbs are then added to jasmine and sandalwood fragrant oils. Pittas love aromatics. These customized preparations are firmly massaged into the scalp and hair to stimulate hair growth, inspire forgiveness, and to promote tranquility. The hair is gently brushed and the head is firmly wrapped in cool aromatic towels.
This treatment is excellent for migraine and tension headaches, and for neck and shoulder pain. A cooling shower is recommended after this treatment.
Kaphas have lush, full, thick, wavy and slightly oil rich hair. The Kapha scalp is usually moist with full, strong healthy hair. The mental energy in Kapha heads is heavy, dull, and lethargic. The predominant emotion is depression.
The Kapha scalp treatment addresses these symptoms with stimulating and motivating herbal preparations in warmed hair oils (i.e. alma) with euphoric citrus aromas to entice energy and uplift the spirits. This restores the shine and movement to the hair. The scalp and hair are vigorously brushed and wrapped until cooled
This treatment is recommended for preservation and maintenance. Aids in times of depression, lethargy, and boredom.