Like most moms I know, I spend most of my time taking care of other people and neglecting myself. So once my kids went back to school I decided to turn over a new leaf and make self-care a high priority. So I was thrilled when Burke Williams Day Spa offered to let me sample one of the new Ayurvedic body treatments they are now offering at their Los Angeles locations.
I have a passing understanding of the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, and the idea of the balancing the three doshas, but I am not an expert. I know that the three doshas are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and each describes one’s body type and temperament. I’ve been told I’m mainly a Kapha with some Vata thrown in for good measure, and probably most people would be a mix as well.
Burke Williams Day Spa now offers three new Ayurvedic body treatments that they say will …” will calm the mind, balance the three doshas and create a profound sense of bliss and contentment.”
What could be bad about that?
The first is called Ananda. In it, Ayurvedic herbs are applied to the 5 energy channels of the head, feet and hands followed by a nourishing, rhythmic flowing massage with heated theraputic oils.
The second is called Shirodhara. This treatment begins with selecting the herbal massage oil specific to your mind-body constitution (your dosha) and culminates with the Shirodhara, a constant and gentle stream of oil poured over the third eye, which they say is designed to “…create a profound state of happiness and mental clarity.”
Finally, the Balancing Bowl Enhancement is meant to address the needs of the three doshas, and can be added to any of the massage treatments they offer.
I received the Shirodhara treatment, which lasts about 80 minutes and was quite relaxing and enjoyable. The treatment differs from massages I’ve received in the past in that the massage therapist doesn’t speak much during the treatment, by design. In fact, there was no music playing during the massage, either. It was a lovely silence, especially given the noise in my day-to-day life.
The other big difference was the stream of oil poured over my third eye – or my forehead, basically – at the end of the massage. I had never had that done and it felt very soothing, but I will warn you: your hair will be getting an oil treatment out of the deal, too, so be prepared. My hair was drenched in oil and it took two shampoos to get back to normal. Knowing that, the next time I experience Shirodhara, I would do it when I could go home with a towel wrapped around my head and leave the oil on, moisturizing my hair for a few hours or overnight.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Shirodhara treatment, and I always enjoy spending time at Burke Williams Day Spa. Making use of the steam room and sauna, relaxing in the quiet room, soaking in the hot tub, and drinking spa water – those are all part of the experience, and they are like the icing on the cake. Let us know if the comments if you know your dosha and if you’ve tried any of the new Ayurvedic treatments.
For more information on Burke Williams Day Spas locations, services and products please visit their website.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com. Burke Williams Day Spa provided the Shirodhara treatment for the purposes of this review, as well as the photo of the treatment.