By Catalina Rahaianu
Nasya is a simple and very effective Ayurvedic therapy involving steam inhalation, facial massage and nasal application of herbal oil - customized to each individual.
Anatomically, the nasal passage is very delicate with membranes that require lubrication to stay healthy, especially in drier climates. When we are exposed to cold, dry air in fall or winter, or even dust and air conditioning in the summer, the nasal passage requires care.
Nasya treatment uses warm herbal oils that lubricate the nasal passages and remove obstructions to allow
smooth breathing and smooth flow of prana (breath, considered as a life-giving force). The nose is also considered as a passage to the brain so the treatment is also very effective for conditions related to the brain & nervous system. Nasya recovers the path of prana as in oxygenation that helps with the functions of the brain as memory, concentration, emotions.
From an esoteric perspective, the nose is the door to consciousness and the pathway to our inner pharmacy. The treatment is highly efficient in helping to relieve many types of discomforts related to the head.
· Lubricates dry nasal passages
· Reduces upper respiratory tract infections & sinus infections
· Promotes clarity of mind and concentration
· Calms the nervous system, better sleep
· Drains the lymphatic system in the head
· Promotes health of the ears, eyes, nose & throat
· Balances mind Vata (anxiety, worries, racing thoughts)
· Removes excess Kapha from the body (congestion, mucous)
This is a treatment on its own but can also be incorporated within a full body ayurvedic massage session. It is recommended as preventative care for individuals prone to allergies, respiratory or sinus infections, or anyone exposed to dry, cold or windy climates. It can help remove excess mucous from the sinuses and drain toxins. Administer nasya on an empty stomach an hour before or after a shower or exercise.
The treatment involves a thorough, very relaxing face massage, and a combination of herbal oils are used to loosen up facial muscles.
As earlier indicated, Nasya is best done preventatively and is often suggested in a series of treatments in close succession for maximum benefit. The treatment is customized according to your constitution and health concerns. Nasya treatments are half an hour in duration. A series of daily or weekly treatments may be recommended for best results. Fall is an excellent time to experience Nasya and prevent colds & flu. Speak to your Ayurvedic practitioner to find out which therapy is best for you.
If you haven’t tried Ayurvedic massage, fall is the perfect time to reset your system and treat yourself.
If you would like to know more about Ayurvedic massage, please contact Catalina who is trained in Ayurvedic therapies at firstname.lastname@example.org To book an appointment, please call the clinic at 905-940-2727.