An ancient Ayurvedic treatment for specific areas of the body utilizing dough bastis that contain medicated herbal oils or decoctions within its center. The preparation and application is unique for each person and condition. Great for conditions related to low back, heart, thyroid, adrenals, etc. These localized basti treatments involve applying warm sesame oil to a specific contained area and allowing it to penetrate for 20 to 60 minutes changing out the oils as they cool. These treatments create deep penetrating heat the allows the healing qualities of the oil to profoundly infiltrate the tissue.
Ayurvedic basti procedures are a profound way to enhance your bodywork treatments. These treatments create balance and health in the body, mind and spirit.
Low Back Oil Therapy – Katti Basti
This is an ancient treatment for healing back pain. Warm medicinal oils are retained by a dough dam placed over the lumbar or thoracic region of the back. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as St. John’s Wort and Nirgundi and nervine tonics such as Brahmi are used to heal and strengthen the tissue.
Navel Oil Therapy – Nabhi Basti
This nabhi basti, is applied to the umbilical region. The nabhi or navel marma is the vital center where all of Ayurveda’s 72,000 nadis (subtle energy pathways) converge. Hot oil here works on the solar plexus and balances the digestive fire. Use it for indigestion, gas and constipation. Emotionally, it facilitates the release of deeply seated emotions.
Heart Oil Therapy Hridya or Uro Basti
This therapy, at hridaya marma (heart), helps to nourish strengthen and balance heart functions. and rejuvenate the heart. In Ayurveda, it is said to strengthen the heart, benefit heart disease, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. It works on the heart chakra and relieves deep seated anger and sadness.