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Ayurvedan Heart

Contact Name Caroline Swan
Phone 03 5428 7529
Mobile 0438 432 015
Servicing Areas Riddells Creek, Victoria

A place to be healed and nurtured, restored and revitalized through the ancient art of Panchakarma, Ayurveda’s Rejuvenation and Purification therapy

Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop

Ayurvedan Heart is offering an Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop

When: Sunday August 20th from 2pm to 5pm

Where: Coolaman Farm 27 Kerrie Road Riddells Creek


Ayurvedan Heart is presenting a Free Introductory Talk on Ayurveda in Riddells Creek on October 6.

Please click here to register

Ayurvedan Heart is running a whole day workshop teaching Ayurvedic Massage.
In Gisborne, on October 22.

Please click here to book and register.

Ayurvedan Heart - Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Panchakarma - Ancient wisdom from India

What is Ayurveda?

In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda means science of life. It is a complete approach to living whose ancient wisdom has withstood the test of time as its principles are as old as Life itself.

Recognized by The World Health Organisation as the worlds most ancient, scientific, holistic, complete, natural system of healthcare, Ayurveda originates in India more than 40,000 years ago, in an oral tradition and was codified in written form some 5,000 years ago.

Ayurveda clearly upholds the intimate connection between human life and cosmic life (Dr Sunil Joshi)

What is Panchakarma?

Panchakarma is Ayurvedas science of Rejuvenation and Purification. Over a prescribed period of time, impurities of mind and body are removed, and youthfulness and vitality restored, through a series of detoxification procedures. In preparation for these procedures and to facilitate this detoxification, Purvakarma treatments are performed which aim to loosen and mobilise toxins from the bodys various organ systems.

The Purvakarma Treatments
......................................Involving oleation (oil massage) and steam

Snehana (oleation)

Snehana (from the word Sneha in Sanskrit) encompasses many meanings including to nurture, love and heal, and kindness and compassion all qualities that you will experience during your treatments. Snehana is the name given to a specific form of Ayurvedic massage where the body is oleated with specially prepared herbalized oils. You will find this treatment profoundly calming, nurturing and balancing. Snehana releases stress and toxins at all levels physical, emotional and mental.

Snehana helps all forms of stress, for example in cases of
  • Strenuous physical exercise (sports)
  • Excessive mental exercise
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Menopausal women
  • Stress in the elderly
  • Grief, sadness, anxiety, depression, shock
Swedana (steam)

Nadi Swedana herbalized steam is directed to specific parts of the body and the oils previously applied in the Snehana are propelled deep into the tissue. The heat and oil combination you will find deeply relaxing. It reaches deep-seated toxins which are mobilized and loosened and brought into your organs of elimination.

Nadi Swedana helps cases of
  • Muscle spasm and pain
  • Joint ligament and muscle stiffness
  • Inflammation of spine, hip and knee
  • Palliative management of backache
  • Lumbar pain
  • Osteoarthritis and non-inflamed rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic constipation
  • Endometriosis
  • Spondylosis and aseptic necrosis of hip joint
Bashpa Swedana

With this treatment you will sit inside a cedarwood sweat box (bashpa swedana yantra) so that the whole body (except the head) is exposed to herbalized steam thus further enhancing the loosening and dislodging of toxins in the tissue. The bashpa has the same benefits as Nadi though in addition it is very helpful for weight loss.

Pinda Swedana

A bolus of hot rice cooked in vata pacifying herbs is soaked in a milk decoction of nutritive herbs and rubbed vigorously over the whole body.

It improves muscle tone and is profoundly relaxing, warming and nourishing to mind and body.

Pinda Swedana is performed after Snehana and helps cases of
  • Facial paralysis and other degenerative muscle diseases such as MS
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Tremors
  • Polio myelitis

A precisely prepared herbalized oil is poured in a steady stream onto specific points on the forehead in a rhythmic manner. A conical heat-retaining pot, made of 5 sacred metals, is used to administer this treatment. As the warm oil runs over the forehead, the herbs act to gently rest the nervous system, and release deep-seated emotional and mental toxins. This is an intensely relaxing experience which is given at the end of the sequence of other Purvakarma and Panchakarma treatments.

The Panchakarma Treatments


This is a brisk massage over the sinus areas, using warm herbalized oil. Gentle heat is then applied over these areas and finally a detoxifying oil is introduced in drop form into the nostrils. This softens, loosens and dislodges toxins that have accumulated in the head area thus improving oxygenation and flow of energy to the head and neck which enhances memory, concentration, general brain function, mental clarity and alertness.

Nasya helps in cases of
  • Sinus congestion, chronic sinusitis, allergies, allergic rhinitis, common cold
  • Migraine, chronic vascular headaches
  • Epilepsy
  • Dry itchy and watery eyes, conjunctivitis, glaucoma
  • Hearing loss, tinnitus
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Depression, mental illness, mental retardation
Katti Basti

This is an external, localized treatment given to the lumbosacral area and involves the application of warm medicated oils that are retained in this area of the body within a dam made of dough. This enables the healing properties of the oils to penetrate deeply into the muscles and bone tissue.

This treatment is very soothing for the body and centring for the mind.

it helps in cases of
  • Lower back pain, lumbar vertebral degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis of lumbar area
  • Muscle spasm
  • Imbalances in reproductive system, prostatitis
  • Chronic constipation
Netra Basti

This treatment involves the application of warm medicated ghee to the eyes. The ghee is contained by a dam made from dough constructed around the eye sockets. The eyes remain open during the treatment as the ghee nourishes and soothes. This can also have a powerful releasing effect on the emotions as the eyes are the mirror of the soul.

Netra Basti can help in cases of
  • Eye fatigue
  • Poor vision
  • All diseases of the eyes
  • Migraine
  • Sinus headache
  • Middle ear congestion
  • Emotional distress

Also Uro Basti (on the heart area) can be performed to strengthen the physical and emotional heart.


A preliminary consultation will serve to assess your individual needs and problems having established your doshic imbalances. The 3 doshas vata, pitta and kapha are the functional intelligences within the human body responsible for all the physiological and psychological processes. An individualized Panchakarma program is then designed for you involving some of the treatments described below. Your progress will be monitored and you will feel supported and nourished throughout the 5 day program.

You will also be guided on lifestyle and diet and be given procedures to follow at home.

Why a 5 day course?

To obtain the most profound benefits from these Purvakarma and Panchakarma treatments, Ayurvedic practitioners traditionally advise that they are prescribed to your individual needs and given over a period of 5 consecutive days, or more in some cases. Once your course is completed the need to repeat it (or part of it) may not arise for some months or even less often in most cases.

However, shorter courses may be given if required or any of the treatments listed below you can receive on a weekly or once-off basis.

Initial Consultation1 hour$80
Follow - up1 hour$60
Snehana (ayurvedic massage)90 mins$100
Traditional 4-handed Snehana90 mins$130
Nadi Swedana (steam)30 mins$50
Bashpa Swedana (steam)10-25 mins$30
Shirodhara20-30 mins$100/$65
Nasya (sinus treatment)20-30 mins$50
Katti Basti30-40 mins$60
Netra Basti (eye treatment)30-40 mins$60
Pindaswedana75 mins$120

Ayurvedan Heart is now able to offer a 5 day residential retreat (in some cases 7 days will be indicated). You will be asked to first come for a consultation to discuss your current state of health. A detoxification program (Panchakarma) is then designed to suit your individual needs. During this program you will be supported and guided and your progress monitered.

What does the program include?

You receive daily snehana and bashpaswedana (see treatments) and any other treatments that will be of benefit to you.
  • Ayurvedic herbs and teas are prescribed daily.
  • Accommodation in your own self-contained cabin.
  • 3 specially prepared Ayurvedic meals per day.
  • Time to yourself to meditate, practise gentle yoga, walk in Nature, listen to music, be silent where possible, taking a break from the stresses of daily life and modern technology. This is an important part of detoxifying mind and body.

    Total package $900 (this includes snehana and bashpaswedana - any other treatments will be charged accordingly. Also includes all above mentioned)
    Call - 03 5428 7579 OR 0438 432 065

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