Ayurvedic treatments & excursions | Yoga Retreat India Kerala December 14th to 21st

The Big Banana Island Retreat (BBI) is a retreat to harmonize body and mind with the flow of prana through contact with nature, yoga, Ayurvedic treatments and the sattvic meal.

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In addition to your training yoga to enhance profits, BBI retreat propose Ayurvedic treatments at its dedicated center: the Swastha Ayurveda Retreat Centre, located in the garden behind the cottages where you will be accommodated.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional Indian medicine, using herbs internally (drugs) and externally (massage and other body treatments).

Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge or science.

It is a holistic medicine that considers the whole person, so that it is Swastha, a Sanskrit word which means to be physically, mentally and socially in perfect health.

The center has a garden with more than 90 medicinal plants used in the treatment and preparation, on-site by therapists, massage oils and Sirodhara.

The consultation with the doctor, the most common treatments and their benefits

To take care, you should see the doctor before to decide which is the most suitable treatment for your constitution. The doctor will be present on the day of arrival.

If you have a health problem, it is important to know, and if possible with future results or recent medical examinations. Treatment then you may be advised that you can follow at another time when you can devote entirely because during treatment, it is advised to rest completely, and avoid excessive physical activity such as intensive yoga practice.

To accompany your practice during the course of yoga, treatments generally recommended and profits are:

  • Abhyangam: application of oil from head to foot, full body massage with pressure on certain points: relaxes and refreshes, improves blood circulation, removes tension and body aches.
  • Steam Bath: steam 5 to 10 minutes after an Abhyangam massage allows better absorption of oil, detoxifies, and recommended to remove excess body fat.
  • Podikhizi: oil after application to the body, small pouches filled with medical powder is applied by tapping. Removes aches and pains of the body.
  • Elakikizhi: same treatment as Podikhizi with pouches filled with herbs Medicinal instead of the powder.
  • Sirodhara: oiling the body then the oil is poured on the forehead relaxes the nervous system, relax deeply. This treatment should be followed at least 3 days.
  • Lepanam: application of a medicinal paste, to reduce pain and joint swelling. Can also be applied to the face to improve skin. This treatment should be followed at least 3 days.

Treatments last approximately 1 hour (45 min shower!), It is possible to make the following two treatments (e.g. Abhyangam and Sirodhara), and then the duration is 1:30.

Prices of treatments:

In Ayurveda, treatments are prescribed by period of 7 days to feel the full benefits. For a week of treatments it costs:

  • € 180 per person for one treatment per day (Abhyangam followed by a Steam Bath)
  • And € 290 per person for two treatments per day (Abhyangam + Sirodhara)

The consultation fee with the doctor is €10 per person.

You can also make an Abhyangam massage + Steam Bath upon arrival to remove the fatigue of the journey. The price is 25 euros per person.

The course on Ayurveda

If you want to know more about Ayurveda, we offer a course given by the doctor with the philosophy of Ayurveda, its principles and therapeutic uses.

The course fee (1:30) is €25 per person.

To determine the schedule with the doctor and therapists, thank you to inform us:

  • If you want to book a massage on arrival
  • If you want to take care for the duration of your internship
  • If you want to take the course on Ayurveda

Walks and excursions

Tour Package: 20 euros per half day (3 or 4 hours) for 1 to 3 people

(Transport by taxi or autorickshaws: Cherai Beach, Kochi, Chendamagalam and villages...)

Boat trip: 100 € for a group of 12 people

2h ride on the river; the boat picks up the group on the bank of BBI retreat

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