by Fiona Duncan-Steer

Ayurveda Massage With Alana

Ayurveda Massage With Alana

Alana Sheils is a specialist in the art of Ayurvedic massage and clearly radiates her passion for this 6000-year-old well-being healing system.

A trained aromatherapist, Alana has moved into the world of Ayurveda and says, “I prefer to focus mainly on Ayurvedic massage now, as I can see such deep rooted and long lasting benefits with my clients, that this is all wish to promote now”.

Originating from India,  Ayurveda means ‘science of life’ and was and is the first ever well-being healing system known to man- a pretty huge deal and so something not to be ignored- even from the most cynical of people.

Upon my visit, Alana blended two treatments together totalling ninety minutes of bliss, delivering a sensory wellness to help ground and connect me with myself- basically to encourage me stop for a moment, to breath and to focus on mindfulness,  curbing those chatter monkeys we all have in our heads.  Alana works intuitively on the body, to help bring back harmony; mentally, physically and emotionally.

I laid on the couch the entire time first starting on my front then turning over onto my back for the remainder of the treatment. The oils used are blends of aromatherapy and medicinal herbs heated gently before application.  To begin the oils were poured over my back as I lay in a warm room on a heated couch.  From there a range of massage techniques were used including a herbal compress (pinda sweda) which is basically a form of pummelling massage where therapeutic Ayurvedic herbal powders are crushed in a traditional pestle and mortar and tied into a muslin cloth, which forms the medium for this treatment, known in India as a bolus.

Afterwards warming oil is applied to the body using the bolus and an Ayurvedic technique known as pummelling.  This is an extremely nourishing, strengthening and rejuvenating treatment and is great for sports enthusiasts as it addresses problems relating to weak joints and sore muscles.  It’s also perfect for busy people who need a deeper restoration experience, so business professionals all need to get themselves booked in regularly as part of their monthly wellness program! 

The treatment is also good for stiff joints and pains such as arthritis; inflamed muscles, certain skin conditions and water retention- it even helps in weight loss with its gentle detox. 

The other type of massage I was lucky enough to experience was a full body with Marma

(marma abhyanga) focusing on the vital points of the body.  This energy flow oil massage is an ancient therapy combining pressure to specific marma (vital) points all over the body and yogic stretches of all joints.  Alana lifted my legs and stretched me gently into yoga positions I was familiar with (as I do practise yoga anyway), however was a very new experience to have done during a massage but worked really well.  The massage manipulates a healthy flow of energy through the body’s junctions and nadis (pathways and channels), and the delivery from Alana is always personalised according to your needs, as is the entire massage experience which as mentioned is based on intuitive responses.

The Marma massage is great for relaxation, detoxification, fatigue, anxiety, nourishment to skin and tension release or just to simply restore energy, so when combined with the herbal compress and the hot stones – yes there were also hot stones (!) the overall experience is one not to be missed.

I will be most certainly returning to Alana who bases herself at The Bay Clinic in Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham, treats both men and women and offers a selection of Ayurvedic treatments tailored to you after consultation.

For a full list of treatments visit the website: www.alanaayurveda.co.uk