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The obesity issue is not about vanity alone; it is the issue of our health and our physical and emotional well-being. Billions of dollars are forked out across the world by people looking for a 'magical quick fix' to their weight issues, yet the majority continue to struggle. Novelty fad diets and surgical procedures lead to fast - sometimes dramatic - weight loss, but only for the pounds to creep back on again because they don't address the underlying reasons why a person is overweight in the first place.
Ayurveda, the science of life, emphasizes on a holistic solution that helps people lose excess weight and keep it off, while also improving their overall health. The experts at Kaveri amalgamate the best practices of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy to address the issue more comprehensively. The treatments are individualized and are based on the understanding of the unique body constitution or basic nature of body i.e, Prakruti' of the person and his/her lifestyle. After careful analysis, the team prescribes the right blend of Kriya (treatments), Ahara (diet), Vihara ( exercise) and Oushada (medicine).
Udwarthanam is a special dry therapeutic deep tissue massage using herbal powders. The massage uses vigorous upward strokes rubbing the herbal powders on the body with bearable force. The procedure is performed in seven postures. The massage exfoliates the skin, breaks up fatty deposits and energises blood circulation. After completion the person is advised to take rest for 30 minutes, followed by a shower with warm water. The treatment reduces the excess fat accumulated in the subcutaneous tissues, strengthens and tones up the muscles, improves circulation, opens up the body channels (srotus) and releases the toxins. Its principal objective is to increase the metabolic rate, remove cellulite and help in weight reducti
Gharshana literally means ‘to rub’. Udgarshanam is a dry brushing massage using raw silk gloves that shrinks fat cells, increases circulation and improves lymphatic drainage. It is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage that refreshes and stimulates the skin and lymphatic system, enhancing blood circulation and the release of accumulated toxins. The massage ends with a few cycles of alternative showers with hot and cold water. This further stimulates the blood circulation and rejuvenates the skin. It enhances vitality through improved metabolism. This treatment is specifically designed for weight loss, cellulite and water retention.
It is believed that the effects of Abhyangam are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Abhyanga is infusing the body with 'prana' or vital life force. When we infuse all our cells with love, they are revitalised and energised. It involves massaging of the body with warm oil infused with healing herbs and balancing essential oils. Abhyangam moves 'Prana' (vital life force energy) within the body thereby nourishing and revitalizing all body organs. It aids the removal of toxins and stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It boosts the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste.
Podikizhi is an Ayurveda technique of fomentation in which the whole body or certain parts of the body are fomented and made to sweat by the application of medicinal powders. A warm prescribed mixture of herbs tied in muslin pouches is gently pounded and pressed into the skin by the therapists in a rhythmic motion. The pounding is accompanied by a synchronised massage with herbal oils. Podikizhi is very effective in treating 'Kapha-Vata' predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis and muscular pains. This treatment is useful for relieving deep seated tension, increasing blood circulation, loosening built up toxins, strengthening muscle tissue and ridding the body of excess Kapha. This treatment eliminates toxins through skin pores which is the precursor to weight reduction.
Elakizhi or Patrapotala Sweda is a rejuvenating sudation practice in Ayurveda treatments using fresh leaves of herbal/medicinal plants. Anti Vata plants, such as Eranda (Ricinus communis), Arka (Calotropis Procera), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), coconut leaves, lemon and curcumin are fried with herbal ingredients and tied into cloth boluses. These are dipped into warm medicated oil and used for massaging the body. The massage with heated boluses induces profuse sudation which helps in the fomentation process. Elakizhi is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylitis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains. The massage promotes better blood circulation and induces perspiration which helps the skin to eliminate wastes.
Stress is known to be the primary cause for weight gain and erratic eating patterns. Shirodhara is an effective stress buster aiming to calm the mind. The term 'Shirodhara' is derived from the two Sanskrit words: 'shiro', meaning head, and 'dhara', meaning to flow. It involves the warm and steady flow of medicated oils on the forehead, more specifically on the "third eye." The Vedas describe the third eye chakra or 'Ajna' as the gateway to higher consciousness and enlightenment having deep spiritual and psychosomatic significance. The calming medicated oils flow in a continuous stream transporting the self to a calmer place thawing all negative emotions. It is said to have a balancing effect on the deepest recesses of the brain, while stimulating the endocrine system's pituitary and pineal glands.
The word Sweda is derived from Sanskrit swid, meaning 'to sweat or to perspire'. Swedana is a practice of inducing sweat with the help of steam generated from medicated herbal decoctions. The fomentation is done by making the person to sit in a chamber or wooden box where steam emanates from boiling herbal decoction. Sweating opens the pores and rids the body of all impurities through the sweat glands. It thaws the doshas and clears the obstruction of channels of circulation, thus facilitating easy expulsion of faulty doshas. Ayurvedic fomentation is usually given after an oil massage. The treatment balances Vata and Kapha humors in the body, improves digestion, acts on fat deposits, relaxes sore muscles and relieves stress.
'Dhara' means a continuous and constant stream of liquid. Dhanyamla is a special type of treatment, derived from the word meaning cereal (dhanya) and vinegar (amla). Dhanyamla is a specially fermented medicinal mixture of oryza sativa, citrus rotundus, flattend oryza sativa, zingerver officianalis among other special ingredients. This warm mixture is poured over the body in a continuous strain. Dhanyamla is kept lukewarm during the full course of the treatment procedure. The therapy is very effective in kapha-vata predominant conditions. It helps in combating obesity, reduces cholesterol, inflammations and muscular pain and activates nerves.
Pizhichil is one the most popular Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments favored by the royal families and aristocrats of yore. The whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil and the patient is massaged simultaneously by two to four therapists, continuously in a rhythmic way. The procedure is followed by a medicated steam bath. This is a highly rejuvenating treatment that enhances muscular tone and energizes the entire nervous system. It helps to eliminate toxins from the body, improves blood circulation and revitalizes organs thus triggering better metabolic activity.
Virechanam cleanses the Pitta and purifies blood by clearing the toxins from the body. The treatment concentrates on the toxins that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder and the gastro-intestinal tract. In Virechanam, the vitiated Doshas are eliminated through the rectum. The treatment is given in the morning after the person is given the "Snehapanam" and "Swedanam" for internal lubrication. The person is then given a certain prescribed dose of herbal medicines on an empty stomach. Within 1 to 2 hours, the bowels are emptied expelling all accumulated toxins with it. Virechanam is an excellent rejuvenating detox treatment. It triggers the metabolic activity and weight loss.
Snehavasti is one among the five classical detoxification programmes (Panchakarma) and specially recommended for Vata disorders. Medicated oils or ghritams are used to administer an oil enema, which nourishes and lubricates the body. The main seat of Vata dosha is the Pakwashaya (large intestine); therefore Vasti, the medicated oil enema, is the main therapy for all Vata disorders such as constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout, and rheumatism. Sneha Vasti results in nourished and rebuilt Dhatus (body tissues); it strengthens their activities, restores and strengthens the body's immunity. Better absorption and elimination of food helps the body function better and increases the metabolic activity, a pre requisite for any weight loss program.
In Kashayavasti, a herbal decoction made of honey, rock salt, medicated oil and herbs is administered through the anal route. A massage with warm herbal oils is given before the treatment. The treatment is administered as per prescribed dosage under supervision. The body dispels all toxins with the faecal matter. This treatment is particularly helpful in curing gastric and neurological disorders, acidity, acute and chronic aches, headaches, migraines and other degenerative disorders. It is a very effective detox and weight loss procedure.
The weight loss treatments are supplemented with a supervised diet plan to increase their efficacy. The process works on internal cleansing of the body and hence it is important that we provide our body some respite and much needed rest during and immediately after the treatments. The digestive system cannot be overloaded with greasy and heavy foods which are difficult to digest and the focus is on foods that are healthy, organic and easy to digest. The focus of the culinary team is to ensure that the meals are nutritious and tasty so that our guests realise that a healthy diet can be flavoursome too.
Our culinary specialists prepare individualized meals plans under supervision of therapists to ensure that the meal plan fits well with the recommended treatments. High quantities of fresh and organic raw fruits and vegetables, juices and unprocessed foods are also common. Most of the diets also require you to avoid smoking, alcohol, processed and refined foods and stress. Contrary to general perception of weight loss program diets being tasteless, extreme and difficult; meals at Kaveri are healthy, tasty and nutritious.
All guests at Kaveri are served complimentary detox tea. The specially brewed tea is infused with herbs that make it very effective for controlling Gut Candida & gas and reducing stomach acidity. It improves liver function, lowers blood sugar and is useful for controlling diabetes. The tea is known to aid weight reduction, reduces the risks of various cardiovascular diseases, reduces blood pressure, strengthens the bones and helps maintain healthy and youthful skin.
Weight loss at Kaveri is not just about Ayurveda treatments, stringent dieting and living on liquid diets. Our experts believe that when treatments are supplemented by Yoga, the end result is more long lasting and life changing. Yoga revitalises the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive system thus enhancing the body's metabolic activity which helps in controlling weight gain significantly long after the treatments are done. In a well-rounded yoga regimen, every part of the body is pulled, twisted and massaged internally thus toning the internal organs and tissues and aiding them to function optimally.
Developed over 5,000 years ago, pranayama (Sanskrit for 'vital energy') is an integral aspect of yogic practice. Pranayama are a series of specific yogic breathing techniques and exercises which help us detoxify, burn fat and increase metabolism. The breathing regimen clears out the stale, residual air in the lungs and saturates the cells with oxygen and prana/life force energy. Exhalation releases large amounts of carbon dioxide and toxins, thereby purifying the body. With the basic act of bringing in more oxygen, vitamins and minerals are more easily absorbed, white blood cells multiply and the lymphatic system is enhanced. Pranayama removes toxins from the bloodstream, which revitalizes the organs and clarifies the intellect, calms emotions, oxygenates the blood, builds internal body heat and strengthens the nervous system. It improves the metabolic activity of the body and helps in controlling weight gain.
A Marma point is defined as an anatomical site where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet. In Ayurveda Marma points are treated as points of vital life force. When imbalances block the movement of free-flowing energy in the body, the resulting stagnation leads to physical and mental discomfort and disease. A professional therapist isolates the Marma points and cleans them out by increasing the blood flow to the affected part of the neuro-muscular junction stimulating the body's biochemistry to produce neurochemicals and hormones that heal. Marma massage involves a full body massage with warm medicated oil, stimulating or massaging the Marma points on the body. It nourishes and revitalizes internal organs, strengthens muscles and bones, helps remove toxins, balances the Doshas and encourages good sleep.