Herbal Oil Bath Therapy

Ayurveda is a timeless preventive and remedial therapy to help the human body achieve and maintain optimum well-being. The philosophy of Ayurveda revolves around balancing the body doshas to prevent ailments and diseases. There are a number of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to help heal and keep these imbalances at bay. One of these effective treatments renowned for its reliability in neurological disorders is “Pizhichil.”

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What is Pizhichil Therapy?

Pizhichil is popularly known as “Thailadhara” and is one of the traditional favorites among Ayurvedic therapies. In ancient times, this therapy was considered a royal treatment and referred to as “the king of Ayurvedic therapies.”

Pizhichil means “to squeeze.” By combining oil and heat therapy, Pizhichil is used to enhance blood circulation and simultaneously release toxins from the body. It is one of the major parts of Panchakarma in Ayurveda.

The medicated oil is squeezed out from the cloth onto the patient’s body followed by a rejuvenating massage.

The Procedure

Pizhichil is a beautiful unification of two classic Ayurvedic treatments called “Snehana” and “Swedana.” Snehana is an oil massage and Swedana induces fomentation and sweat.

Pizhichil is a body massage which lasts for 60-90 minutes and involves relaxing strokes primarily aimed at reducing anxiety and stress.

Before the treatment begins, the herbal oil is heated to a relaxing temperature. The entire treatment involves pouring continuous streams of lukewarm herbal oils (or ghee) over the body for a fixed duration. Simultaneously, the body is massaged to induce sweat and release toxins.

Some of the medicated oils used in Pizhichil include dhanwndharam tailam, bala tailam, praphanjanabanam tailam, and sahacharadi tailam. Almost three to four liters of the herbal oil is applied to the body in a rhythmic manner. The treatment is performed under the experienced hands of two to four Ayurvedic practitioners.

After the Pizhichil massage, the patient proceeds towards a warm water bath.

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Benefits of Pizhichil Treatment

Pizhichil is a holistic and complete solution for healing ailments. Its benefits include:

  •    Detoxification of the body
  •    Reducing acne and increasing youthful and radiant skin
  •    Preventing signs of aging
  •    Relieving body pain and increasing rejuvenation
  •    Muscle development and quick healing of fractured bones
  •    Treating diabetes and hypertension
  •    Alleviating asthma and tuberculosis in the early stages
  •    Alleviating arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, sexual disorders, Parkinson’s disease, nervous disorders and depression.

Although Ayurvedic treatments have many answers to ailments and diseases through varied therapies, it is advisable to consult a seasoned Ayurvedic doctor before undertaking any treatments.

Reference Links

  • https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/pizhichil-rejuvenating-ayurvedic-massage-for-body-mind-25520/post
  • http://gocresorts.com/pizhichil-massage-ayurveda-treatment.php
  • http://www.ayurvedasopanam.com/thaila-dhara.html



Podikizhi (Herbal Powder Poultice Therapy)

Podikizhi uses medicated powders for the poultice and is the only form of Kizhi Ayurvedic treatment which can be applied with or without the use of oil.


Navara Kizhi

Navara Kizhi (Herbal Rice Poultice Therapy)

Navara Kizhi is known as Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda in Sanskrit where Shashtika means 60, Shali means rice, Pinda means poultice, and Sweda means sweat.



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What is Ayurveda?

Practiced by the great sages of ancient India, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine defined as Knowledge of Life (Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge). It describes the healthy and unhealthy state of life (mind and body) and describes the methods of balancing unhealthy conditions. Ayurveda focuses on the wellness of every person as a whole. Since the constitution differs from person to person, the wellness therapies also differ and are unique to every individual.

What is Naturopathy?

Human beings have remarkable recuperative powers that can heal the body on its own without external chemical or surgical interference, which simply suppresses symptoms but does not heal nor remove the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy seeks to heal the body by promoting its own internal processes. Naturopathy gives importance to internal hygienic conditions using healing therapies such as Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Massage, among others.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle, to be incorporated. It includes practices like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Meditation etc.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic energy healing technique where a certified healer directs universal energy to the person who seeks healing. This restores your emotional, physical and spiritual energy.

What is included in your all-inclusive package?

If you choose our all-inclusive package, you will get a well-appointed luxurious room, Ayurvedic therapies, Naturopathic therapies ( hydrotherapy, massage, mud therapy, reflexology, dietetics) yoga sessions, acupuncture, all meals, all amenities, and a personal wellness consultation.

What types of food do you have?

Our culinary program is based on a wholesome, balanced and portioned diet. All of the food served at YO1 is locally sourced, organic, and sustainable. The ingredients that are used are free of harmful chemicals, alkaline, and genetic modification to create meals that promote an optimum state of health.

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We are located in the tranquil Catskills Mountains in Monticello, New York. Resting on over 1,300 acres of pristine landscape, including the historic and impressive Kutsher property, YO1 is easily accessible and offers guests the fresh air and serenity needed to make the profound changes in their lives that they are seeking.




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