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Ayurvedic Services


Derived from an ancient Indian tradition, these treatments are designed to help loosen toxins in the body and release excesses. The goal in all the treatments is to restore balance and reestablish calm and harmony. They are deeply cleansing and purifying to the mind, body, and soul. The treatments have a rhythm and flow that covers the entire body. Herbalized oils are used which target your individual imbalances.


Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation

Address overall health using the Ayurvedic system including diet and daily regime for your personal constitution (dosha). 80 min. allows for more in-depth personal recommendations.
50 minutes: $90; 80 minutes: $145


Ayurvedic Specialist Consultation

Receive an enhanced one-on-one Ayurvedic consultation to address individual health imbalances with our Indian-trained specialist including diet and daily regime for your personal constitution (dosha). 80 min. allows for more in-depth personal recommendations.
50 minutes: $150; 80 minutes: $205


Ayurvedic Body Treatment

The Ayurvedic Body Treatment begins with a gentle dry silk glove exfoliation, followed by a warm herbalized oil application. Your therapist then applies a mask of purified and herbalized clays collected from deep within the earth in remote regions of India. This mask both nourishes and detoxifies, leaving the skin smooth and silky. The session finishes with a hot towel wipe down, at which point you will be given a robe and escorted to the shower to rinse off the remaining clay.
90 minutes: $180


Ayurvedic Energy Balancing (Marma)

This treatment focuses on opening and balancing energy flow according to the Indian energy system. Marma points, similar to acupressure points, are stimulated with herbal oils using circular motions. You will feel refreshed and energized after this session.
50 minutes: $80; 80 minutes: $125


Ayurvedic Relaxation Treatment (Shirodhara)

This is a deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbalized oils poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair, and scalp and generally aids in release of stress and tension.
45 minutes: $105

I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced a more relaxing treatment than Kripalu’s Shirodhara (also known as Ayurvedic Relaxation Treatment, a very fitting name). As usual, I was unsure what to expect, as I’m still building my knowledge of Ayurveda. Any uncertainty I had was immediately relieved by the knowledgeable therapist. Read more.

In short, Shirodhara is a treatment in which warm sesame oils are poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. But it’s so much more than that! Shirodhara is designed to cleanse both the mind and the senses, allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to release stress from the nervous system. Benefits include improved mental clarity, comprehension, and memory, enhanced blood circulation to the brain-plus provide a nourishing treatment for the hair and scalp.

I enjoyed the soothing scalp and facial massage before the oil application. With my eyes and ears covered and protected from any oil seeping in, the therapist began the warm oil stream, which is applied from a copper pot that hangs just above the head. The movement or stillness of the oil stream is methodical and has a purpose to it. “It depends on the person,” the therapist explained. “Some people may need more movement to help the mind calm and settle, and others need it to be more still.”

The sensation of the oil gently running down my forehead and scalp felt incredibly soothing, and I found myself drifting in and out of gentle slumber, always slightly aware of the oil streaming down overhead. This, the therapist explained afterward, was the goal of the treatment: a meditative sense of awareness.

The therapist explained that it’s important not to jump immediately back into work and reactivate the mind right after a Shirodhara treatment, so I took advantage of that advice and enjoyed a quiet, thoroughly relaxing evening at home, letting the effects of the treatment continue to soak in. With a clear head and rested mind, I slept great that night.
—Ashley W., Editor at Kripalu


Ayurvedic Sinus Treatment (Shiro-Abhyanga-Nasya)

This is a head, neck, and shoulder oil application, a facial lymphatic treatment, followed by deep inhalation of aromatic steam and herbalized nose drops (nasya). This treatment is designed to help clear impurities from the head area, opening the sinuses and stimulating the proper flow within the head and neck area. It works on all the senses and creates a wonderful opening and clearing of this area. This is a great treatment for those of us who are bombarded with pollutants, sensory stimulation, and for those who experience chronic head and neck problems including allergies, headaches, asthma, and eye troubles. It is also a wonderful treatment for those suffering from any problems of the neck and head regions. The 80-minute session includes a full body herbalized oil treatment that deeply relaxes the entire system.
40 minutes: $90; 80 minutes: $180


Herbal Oil Treatment and Exfoliation (Abhyanga-Garshana)

This is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment, featuring a dry lymphatic skin brushing with a silk glove, followed by an individualized herbal oil treatment. The brushing (garshana) increases circulation, and cleans the skin so herbal oil treatment can penetrate deeply. The individually prepared herbal-oil application (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and relaxes the mind and body, promoting overall healing. This treatment enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and also removes stagnant waste. The desired result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body.
50 minutes: $100; 80 minutes: $180; 50 minutes, two therapists: $190

Being a novice when it comes to most things Ayurveda, I didn’t know what to expect from this treatment. I was a little apprehensive about being massaged with silk gloves and a lot of herbal oils, but after the treatment, both my body and mind were relaxed. I felt completely renewed. Read more.

The therapist started with garshana, a dry massage using raw silk gloves. She explained that this method increases circulation while cleaning and exfoliating my skin. This prepared my skin to fully absorb the herbal oil treatment that came next…

The customized herbal-oil application (abhyanga) was a real treat. I learned that the oils are made in the traditional Indian fashion, many herbs are cooked into them and they’re then allowed to mature for about a month. The herbs permeate the oil, which acts as a carrier to bring the healing effects of the herbs directly into the body. Based on the short questionnaire I filled out before the treatment, my therapist was able to identify exactly what my body needed: It was desperate for kapha oil, which can have an energizing effect, getting rid of stagnation in the body.

The oil treatment, I learned, not only nourishes the skin, but it also aids in removing impurities and stimulates circulation. Particularly in the cold, dry winter months, the oil can bring warmth and moisture back into the body. My therapist also told me that the oil can help slow the aging process—what a plus!

The massage itself was light and rhythmic, not the deep tissue massage I was accustomed to. The rhythmic, choreographed nature of the strokes are meant to calm the nervous system, and I liked that the flow allowed me to know what would come next. This ability to fully relax and let go felt truly therapeutic.
—Ashley W., Editor at Kripalu


Skin and Lymphatic Detox (Udvartina)

Udvartina is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic treatment. You will be scrubbed with the paste on all sides of your body. This treatment is exfoliating and conditioning to the skin as well as a deeply cleansing treatment which presses stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. You will relax on the table for a few minutes at the close of the treatment.
70 minutes: $150; 50 minutes, two therapists: $220

Note This treatment uses a gluten flour applied with other herbs topically to the skin, please inform the Healing Arts Advisor at time of booking if you have a severe gluten allergy so that we may accommodate your needs.


Vigorous Herbal Oil Treatment (Vishesh)

A vigorous, rhythmic treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances. This treatment breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body. When certain channels are blocked then neither awareness nor blood can access deeply seated tissues. For certain body types and imbalances, this is an essential therapeutic approach.
50 minutes: $100; two therapists: $180


Herbal Oil Application and Relaxation Treatment (Abhyanga-Shirodhara)

This individually prepared herbal-oil application (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation and relaxes the mind and body, promoting overall healing. This treatment enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and also removes stagnant waste. It is followed by a deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbalized oils poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp, and generally aids in release of stress and tension. You are then left for a few minutes to relax and assimilate this deeply calming experience.
80 minutes: $180


Herbal Oil Application and Steam Treatment (Abhyanga-Swedna)

The individually prepared herbal-oil application (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and relaxes the mind and body, promoting overall healing. This treatment enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and also removes stagnant waste. You will relax on the massage table after your oil treatment while a light tent is placed over you with your head staying out. Steam with special herbs is started and you are kept cool with ice in a dry cloth placed on the heart and pubic bone and cold cloths over the head. This allows the vital organs to remain cool during the Swedna. You will relax for a few minutes at the close of the treatment.
80 minutes: $180


Vigorous Herbal Oil Application and Relaxation Treatment (Vishesh-Shirodhara)

Vishesh is a rhythmic, vigorous treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances. This treatment breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body. When certain channels are blocked then neither awareness nor blood can access deeply seated tissues. For certain body types and imbalances, this is an essential therapeutic approach. A Shirodhara treatment follows which is a deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbalized oils poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp and generally aids in release of stress and tension. This is a wonderful combination for those who carry tension throughout their body and find it hard to relax and let go.
80 minutes: $180


Vigorous Herbal Oil Application and Steam Treatment (Vishesh-Swedna)

Vishesh is a rhythmic, vigorous treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances. This treatment breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body. When certain channels are blocked then neither awareness nor blood can access deeply seated tissues. For certain body types and imbalances, this is an essential therapeutic approach. You will then relax on the table while a light tent is placed over you with your head staying out. Steam with special herbs is started and you are kept cool with ice in a dry cloth placed on the heart and pubic bone and cold cloths over the head. This allows the vital organs to remain cool during the Swedna. You will relax for a few minutes at the close of the treatment. This combination is wonderful for loosening impurities and guiding them out of the body. The vigorous strokes get the circulation moving while the herbalized steam helps to soften the tissues allowing the toxins to then be sweated out. The herbs used are cleansing to the blood and lymphatic system and are greatly rejuvenating.
80 minutes: $180


Skin and Lymphatic Detox and Relaxation Treatment (Udvartina-Shirodhara)

This herbal paste application is warm and nourishing to the body and works deeply when left on the body for an hour or longer. The treatment stimulates circulation allowing the herbs to move into the blood stream and purify. The Shirodhara adds a wonderful synchrony to this treatment by allowing the nervous system to become deeply relaxed and calm, which creates an even deeper healing experience. Time is left at the end to relax and assimilate.
90 minutes: $180; two therapists $300


Skin and Lymphatic Detox and Steam Treatment (Udvartina-Swedna)

Udvartina is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic treatment. It is exfoliating and conditioning to the skin and a deeply cleansing treatment which presses stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. You will then relax on the table while a light tent is placed over you with your head staying out. Steam with special herbs is started and you are kept cool with ice in a dry cloth on the heart and pubic bone and cold cloths over the head. You will relax for a few minutes at the close of the treatment.
90 minutes: $180


Rates apply through December 31, 2014.

Healing Arts are available by appointment only.


To schedule Healing Arts services:

While at Kripalu Center, you may schedule a service at the Healing Arts Desk, located on the first floor and open from 8:00 am–7:30 pm daily. Kripalu bodywork appointments are available Monday thru Friday 11:00 am–9:00 pm and 9:00 am–9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Kripalu one-on-one consultations are available Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am–6:00 pm. We recommend you schedule your Healing Arts services one to two weeks in advance of your stay to ensure availability. From outside Kripalu call 888.738.1822, seven days a week, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (EST).

Gratuities are not included in the price of your service and are greatly appreciated by our dedicated therapists.

Cancellation Policy You may cancel or change your appointment time up to 24 hours in advance of your treatment. For changes or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance, you will be charged a 50% forfeiture fee. If you fail to show up for your treatment, the full charge will apply. Please note Treatment time is not extended for late arrivals; this includes late arrivals due to program presenters running over their scheduled time. If you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled time, your appointment is automatically cancelled and the full charge is applied.



The Healing Arts Department at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health supports health and healing through massage, skin- and body-care, Ayurvedic treatments, lifestyle consultations, and more. Appointments are available for guests taking a program at Kripalu as well as for visitors (who may want to consider a Kripalu Day Pass).