What is Kati Vasti?
Kati Vasti is an ayurvedic therapy where the Kati (lower back) is subjected to a therapy called Vasti (warm medicated oil placed over the lumbosacral region). The word Vasti denotes “a compartment that holds”.
Kati Vasti is a localized procedure to treat disease in the region of the lower back. Essentially, warm medicated Dosha-specific oil is kept in contact over the skin of the lower-back region of the spine, for a particular time, using a ‘well’ made of a special, black gram dough. This relaxing therapy has an extremely soothing and healing effect on the skin, muscles, joints, bones and underlying structures. If extended to the mid- and upper spine, it is also known as Prushtha Vasti.
Synonyms: Kati Basti (pronounced Kah-tee Bus-tee), Prushtha Vasti (Proo- Sh-Tah Vus-tee)
Why is it Best?
- Low back pain
- paraspinal spasm
- spondylosis of lumbar spine
- muscle weakness
- degenerative disorders of the spine
- slip disc
Benefits for You:
- Relaxing and healing effect reduces pain, stiffness
- Nourishes the body tissues
- It soothes the nerves supplying the lower back, sacrum, lower limbs, enhances local blood circulation and relieves muscle tension.
- It improves flexibility and range of motion of the lumbar joint and reduces both intensity and recurrence of low back pain.
The Process on the Spots
Using a prescribed medicated oil local Abhyanga is carried out. A well or frame-ring, made from black gram dough, is employed to surround the affected area. This ensures that the oil is held in place and does not leak. The medicated oil, according to the disease condition, is warmed and slowly poured in the well, sitting over the skin of the lower back. As the pool of oil cools it is replaced with warm oil throughout the procedure, to maintain a uniform temperature. This process is continued for a specific time. Following this, the excess oil is drained off and a light massage is given to the lower back and surrounding areas. This procedure may be followed with Swedana such as Nadi Sweda (medicated steam therapy).
Duration and Cost
60 min Kati Vasti
$20 Extra for steam therapy
Kati Vasti (90 min)
$20 extra for steam bath
Kati Vasti x 5 times
Package Price/ Includes Steam Bath
Kati Vasti x 7 times
Package Price/Includes Steam Bath