Spa Week is almost here! From October 12-18, spas from all over the country will be offering $50 treatments, ranging from massages to microdermabrasions!
In honor of this occasion, I received a free treatment from New York Ayurveda, one of the participating spas that are offering several services at 50% off the original price. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are mine!
Located in New York City’s Union Square, New York Ayurveda is one of the few Ayurvedic centers on the East Coast, offering a wide range of services to achieve a well-rounded optimal health from inside and out. This is also the only Ayurvedic center offering services for Spa Week.
I chose the Ayurveda Sampling Treatment, which included an hour-long body exfoliation, massage, reflexology, and a choice between a facial or Shirodhara (warm oil poured down the forehead). The regular price is $190, but this is one of their $50 services. After going through a hectic few weeks, it was about time to relax!
According to LifeScience.com, Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. The word comes from the Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (knowledge).
New York Ayurveda is encased in an office building, but when you enter, the welcome area is cozy with two love seats. It is also encouraged to remove your shoes as you enter the sacred space.
I filled out a consultation form along with a list of traits that identify me as one of the doshas, or body types, which are Pitta, Kapha, or Vata. I was diagnosed as mentally Pitta and Kapha physically.
Although the waiting area felt cozy, I didn’t have the same feeling in the treatment room. Part of it was probably due to the lighting from the windows, and the weather was pretty crappy that day. And the AC noise overtook the background music.
Priya, my massage therapist, performed the body exfoliation, or gharshana, using a glove. I could’ve done without it, but was necessary for the oils to penetrate.
The abhyanga massage started from my back and spread from my arms down to my legs. Priya used plenty of oil, which mostly consisted of sesame. I couldn’t believe how ticklish I was! She advised, “Relax and leave your body.”
The treatment continued with a foot & hand reflexology, along with a scalp and face massage. Then my favorite part began!
Instead of the cleansing facial, I chose the Shirodhara. Warm oil is poured down the center of the forehead, or third eye, and falls down the middle of the scalp. It relieves tension and stress, along with promoting peace and concentration.
The oil was poured down for 10 minutes, then I sat with it for another few minutes. At first I was ticklish and tense, but I needed to breathe slower and concentrate even more on leaving my body!
At the end, I felt really good! The Shirodhara treatment was the icing on the cake. The only downside is that my hair was soaking in oil; you could fry chicken on it! But I could still feel the heat around my scalp.