What is it?
Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda (pronounced Shaash-tee-kaa Shaa-lee Pin-ḍa Sway-da) is a unique Ayurveda therapy using a special variety of Indian rice in a bolus, dipped in a nourishing herbal milk decoction and massaged onto the body.
Shastika means “sixty”—denoting rice that matures in sixty days; Shali means “rice”; Pinda implies a bolus or bag and Sweda is the name of a sudation therapy. Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda is performed Ekangam (on one part of the body) or Sarvangam (on the whole body) with a bolus of boiled Shastika rice dipped in Bala Mula Kwatha (a herbal decoction) and Ksheeram (milk). This special brownish-red rice is also called Navara in South India. Even though it is a Swedana (fomentation or sweat-inducing heat therapy), it has a Brimhana (nourishing effect) and is useful to strengthen, nourish and support bones, muscles, joints and nerves.
Synonyms: Navara Kizhi (pronounced Nyaa-va-rah Kee-ree)
Indications & Benefits
- As a Swedana (sweat inducing) heat therapy, it creates a sense of lightness and improved energy.
- This therapy tones up and nourishes the body tissues and helps in detoxification and rejuvenation.
- It enhances flexibility and movement of joints.
- It prevents degeneration of body tissues by improving the tone, compactness, stability, strength and function of muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones and joints.
- It stimulates blood circulation and releases toxin build-up in the pores of the skin, thus improving complexion.
- Regular therapy can greatly benefit in debilitating and emaciating conditions especially of the loco-motor and nervous systems.
- It is useful for older people to improve and maintain their health.
- Emaciation, weakness of nerves and muscles,
- Bone and joint disorders, osteoporosis, arthritis,
- Muscular dystrophy, muscle weakness, stiffness, wasting disorders, recurrent muscles spasm, myalgia,
- Parkinson’s Disease, paralysis, paresis, numbness, paresthesia, hemi/paraplegia, tremors,
- Spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, prolapse of intervertebral disc,
- Delayed walking milestones in children,
- General debility, old age,
- Chronic back ache, chronic neck or knee pain, frozen joints,
- Post fracture or post trauma tissue healing.
The chosen Bala Mula (Sida cordifolia) decoction is prepared and special Shastika rice is cooked in this decoction, along with milk. Then it is divided and wrapped to form a Pinda (bolus) in a clean cotton/linen cloth. The therapist will perform Abhyanga with a medicated oil chosen by your physician. A special paste called “Thalam” of herbs like Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) will be applied on the vertex of the head as a cooling measure. After this, the Shastika Shali Pindas (bolus) are dipped into the warm herbal milk decoction and applied by massaging over the body parts with varying strokes and pressure. The essence of the rice carryng the medicinal effects of the herbs seeps out of the Pindas and nourishes the skin and underlying structures. Several Pindas may be used by two or more therapists, dipped and stroked in clockwise or circular fashion, on both sides of the patient, in a rhythmic way. After the procedure the herbal rice paste on the skin is massaged with the hand and later washed off with warm water. The procedure may be followed by a steam bath or warm shower.
60 min Shastikashali Pinda Sweda
Includes Steam Bath + Shower
90 min Shastikashali Pinda Sweda
Includes Steam Bath + Shower