22 February 2013

A day in the life of a yoga student Mysore: The massage

So after a week or so of practising here in the shale in Mysore, you catch on quickly that massage is going to be part of your weekly schedule (well, it is mine).

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre

My first massage this time was at an Ayurvedic spa situated at the foot of the Chamundi Hills. A beautiful location and  really peaceful (also pretty expensive). I've forgotten the name of the treatment I had, but there was a lot of oil involved and a lot of hands. I sloshed about on this very large table, drank an odd drink and was sent on my way looking like I had been put in a chip pan. It was relaxing but not really my kind of thing. All sorts of treatments are available here including Panchakarama, the detox /rejuvenating package. (A wonderful day out but a bit pricey).

Indus valley Ayurvedic centre: www.ayurindus.com

Despina Psarra

I was then lucky enough to meet the wonderful Despina who is practising yoga in the shala (in fact we met last year). Her massage has really kept my body ticking over as the aches and pains shift from one area of the body to another. I would highly recommend her, although she is pretty busy (because of the reasons above :-))
Despina Psarra: www.metta-yoga.info

Silent Shores resort and spa

Silent Shores is a resort that is a rickshaw/scooter ride away from Gokulam. It has a beautiful pool and has been pretty quiet on the few occasions I have been there.

I opted for the the head and neck treatment. This I have to say was one of the funniest massage experiences I have had ( funny, odd and hysterical).

I was sat in a chair in a very nice relaxing treatment room and "slapped" about the head for half an hour. "You okay madam?",  I was asked on a number of occasions.  I wasn't sure how to explain to someone who speaks little English "I think my brain is about to come out of my ears". Next I get to lie down on the large table and had a 45 minute Shirodhara. This is a wonderful treatment where warm oil is continuously poured onto the forehead. This was a fantastic treatment that I would highly recommend. I've experienced Shirodhara before, but this was the most relaxing one I've had (maybe it was the head slapping first that did it). 

Thinking about introducing the "head slapping" massage to our London clinic. Do you think people will pay good money like I did for this? :-)

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