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Spaveda by Softtouch Spa

Spaveda is the Ayurvedic spa of Aveda Kumarakom. Spaveda offers health and beauty treatments both short term and long term under the supervision of qualified, experienced and certified Ayurvedic Doctor, from a well known Ayurvedic treatment center Softtouch Spa in Greater Cochin area.

Concepts of Ayurveda

An intricate system of ancient healing that originated in India thousands of years ago, historical evidence of Ayurveda can be found in the Vedas, ancient books of wisdom. Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words – Ayur, which means life and Veda, which means knowledge. Ayurveda, thus, is the knowledge of life.

The three basic biological pillars of Ayurveda are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These biological elements originated from the Panchamahabhutas and are commonly called “Triguna” in health and “Tridosha” in diseased states of the body.

Vata element is produced by combination of “Akasha” and “Vayu” and in the human body it represents “Control”, its propulsive effects affect all parts of the body and is brought about through the agency of neuro-musculo-hormonal mechanisms. Smooth co-ordinated movements, functioning of central, autonomic and peripheral nervous systems are identified with functions of Vata. An abnormal Vata can lead to neuro-muscular disorders and hormonal problems.

Pitta element is produced from “Teja” and “Jala”mahabhutasand constitutes the transfer and flow of energy within the body. Pitta element controlled by Vata brings about the breakdown of food during digestion and food elements within the body to provide the bio-energy. Various catabolic enzymes and hormone systems form part of this element. Abnormal Pitta can lead to thermal disorders, breakdowns and catabolic disorders.

Kapha element is produced from “Prithvi” and “Jala”mahabhutas and constitutes the formation of solid and fluid constituents of various body elements such as cells, tissues, muscles etc., controlled by Vata it induces growth, development and healing of wounds. Kapha element also maintains fluid balance of the body, within it’s various organs and organ spaces. Abnormal Kapha may lead to accumulative disorders leading to clot formation, stone and tumour formation etc. Increased Kapha encourages and sustains infective processes.

Vata, Pitta and Kapha within the body are nourished by the food ingredients and they react to changes in environment and mental states. The Vata, Pitta, and Kapha bring about the formation of the 7 dhatus and their tissues in the body, namely: Rasa (body fluids), Rakta (blood elements), Mamsa (Muscles, tendons etc.) Meda (adipose tissues), Majja (nerves), Asthi (bones), Shukra (sperm, ova, regenerative tissues). According to Ayurveda each dhatu is formed from its preceding dhatu. Each dhatu has its metabolism and waste products (Malas). The malas are catabolic aspects of tridoshas for example, gaseous wastes such as Carbon dioxide are malas of vayu, Stercoblin and Uroblin are malas of Pitta and Urea and Uric acid are malas of Kapha. Thus we see that the three doshas, the seven dhatus and the three malas constitute the integral part of the living body, when they are in a balanced state, health reigns supreme in the body. When they are vitiated and unbalanced, disease and ageing process predominate.

Ayurvedic treatments attempts to restore the balance between three doshas, the seven dhatus and the three malas in the body so that the person enjoys healthy body and calm mind.

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Short Treatment Sessions (30 to 60 minutes)

Abhyangam (Full Body Rejuvenation Massage) – 60 minutes

Abhyangam is the application of medicated oil on head and body followed by a gentle body massage by a trained therapist. Abhyangam is carried out as a single treatment and is used as a preparation for or along with other major treatments. Abhyangam benefits the body in many ways. It helps tones up the body, helps promote sound sleep, is soothing to the eyes, helps enhance the texture and smoothness of the skin and is helpful in alleviating many vata problems.

Sirobhyangam (Head Massage) – 30 minutes

The process of massage of the head is called sirobhyangam. The head being the seat of the sense organs and vital force or prana. Ayurveda gives lot of importance the head region. Massaging the head with appropriate Ayurvedic oils would help promote the quality of sleep and go a long way in reducing tension. Head massage by trained masseurs is really a very relaxing and pleasurable experience.

Face Massage – 30 minutes

Padabhyangam (Foot Massage) – 30 minutes

Padabhyangam is the process of massage of the feet. This process is seen to help in cases of muscle cramps, fatigue, aches and pains of the feet.

Sirodhara – 60 minutes

Warm medicated oil, is poured from a stipulated height on the forehead in a special way from a pot hung above the fore-head. Sirodhara is effective in combating headaches and migraine and improves the quality of sleep. It is beneficial in all types of Vatha disorders.

Ksheerdhara – 60 Minutes

The process of massage where milk, as soon after it is milked form the cow or medicated with certain herbs, is allowed to fall on body in a regular stream is called ksheeradhara. When done on the head, it helps relieve tension and aids promote the quality of sleep. It can also be done locally on an affected joint, for instance, to help alleviate burning sensation or pain.

Takradhara – 60 minutes

This therapy involves pouring of medicated buttermilk on the forehead. Warm medicated oil is applied all over the body in the beginning of the treatment. Buttermilk for this treatment is specially prepared with decoctions of certain herbal combinations. This is found to give much relief in symptoms related to the skin. It improves quality of sleep and helps reduce hair fall. It is soothing, relaxing and helps one calm down. It is cooling for the body and eyes.

Niavarakizhy – 60 minutes

Niavara Rice is boiled and cooked in the mixture of milk and herbal decoction. This is packed in cloth and tied into a pouch. The pouch is dipped in a warm mixture of herbal decoction and milk and is applied over the body in various postures.

PathraPodalaSwedam – 60 minutes

This therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil to the entire body, followed by a massage with boluses of chopped and fried leaves of specific medicinal herbs after dipping in medicated oils. This therapy is effective for various kinds of arthritis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains.

Udwarthanam – 60 minutes

Udwarthanam is the process of massaging with warm medicated powder. The medicated powder is warmed and gently rubbed on to the body with massage opposite to the run of the hair-follicles. This procedure is adopted mainly to tackle conditions of Kapha, Meda vitiation and for controlling body weight.


Medicated oil is warmed and applied on the targeted portions of the body with cotton pads. Warm oil is then periodically poured over the cotton pad kept over the afflicted part. Pichu is done only on affected body parts like head, lower back etc. Typically done as a major treatment and a simplified version of it is done along with other oil treatments like Abhyangam.


A specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the chest and retained inside an herbal paste boundary for 30 to 45 minutes. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this massage enriches the blood and builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues. A stimulating and therapeutic treatment for muscular chest pain.


Medicated warm oil is allowed to stand over the affected knee for a specific period of time. A circular ridge with black-gram flour and water, is made over the affected knee to act as an enclosure. Helps alleviate knee aches.


The medicated oil is allowed to stand for a stipulated period of time over the nape of the neck in a bound enclosure made with black gram flour mixed with water. The treatment helps relieve neck strain and mitigate pain.


Medicated ghee (clarified butter) is retained in a reservoir made over the eyes with black gram paste. This therapy will have a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes. This relieves eyestrain, improves eyesight and other eye related problems.


Nasyam is a nasal treatment with medicated nasal drops. It is done after mild steaming/ fomentation on the face. It is done for relieving nasal congestion. It is one of the “panchakarma” treatments for purification.


Specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. Kativasthi alleviates lower back conditions like Lumber Spondylosis, Inter vertebral disc prolepses, Lumbago (low back ache), and Sciatica.


It is the process where cotton cloth pieces are dipped in warm medicated oil and squeezed onto the body continuously. The whole body of the patient is applied with warm oil and massaged. Cloth pieces in warm selected medicated oil and pour it in a uniform manner by squeezing the cloth pieces in such a way that the oil drips with unvarying pressure and temperature over the body. Continuous massage is also kept up. This process is conducted for a stipulated period of time with the patient lying in seven different positions. This is the method of choice for alleviation of pain and could be of immense help in relieving symptoms such as low back ache, neck and shoulder stiffness and other muscular and joint pains.

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Kumarakom Village, Kottayam, Kerala 686563.

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