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HEALTH TOURISM - AYURVEDA CENTER AT SOMATHEERAM, KERALA

 

Dream vacation, Ayurvedic ambience

BY MANOJ A NAIR

Somatheeram, one of Kerala's exclusive beach resorts popular with the discerning tourist, is also a center for ayurvedic rejuvenation

Relax. See the waves splurge their magnificence. Feel them.

Far from the maddening chaos of urban jungles, out of the vortex of stress and strain, the professional in you require a total break from the dreary routines which take way your time day-in and out most part of the year. And you need some sort of rejuvenation.

You may think ideal conditions hardly exist. But if you dig deep, you could well bump into one such scenario in Somatheeram Ayurveda Beach resort, the first one of its kind, located hardly 20 kilometres away from Trivandrum (Thuiruvanthapuram), the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala, otherwise known in tourism parlance as God’s own country.

A cocktail of sea and tradition, village life and the science of life – Ayurveda – that is what Somatheeram offers you.

The Ayurvedic centre in Somatheeram

Somatheeram has a full-fledged Ayurvedic Treatment Center, where rejuvenative therapies based on Ayurveda are imparted. Ayurvedic treatment with herbal preparations directed towards strengthening the immune system, preventing and curing diseases without any side effects would be perfect for a person on vaccation. 

Prime Treatments in Ayurveda

Lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by trained masseurs. A one time Pizhichil would cost you 14 Euros. A 2-week treatment would cost 608 Euros.

Njavarakizhi: Is the process by which the whole body or specific pars are made to perspire by applying certain medicinal puddings externally in the form of boluses tied in a muslin bag. Done daily for 60-90 minutes for 2-week period. Helpful for all This treatment is for all types rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of limbs, blood pressure, cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases. 14-day treatment would cost you 587 Euro. One time application for 44 Euro.

Dhara: 
Some herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc., are poured on the forehead for about 45 minutes in a day for a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, mental tension and certain skin diseases. Thakara Dhara and Kseera Dhara would cost 192 Euro for 14 days. One time application charge is 16 Euro. For Thyaladhara the cost is 307 Euro and one-time application is 25 Euro.

Vasti: Certain herbal oils and herbal extracts etc are applied through the rectum daily for a period of 5 to 25 days. This treatment is for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constant constipation. For 14 days Matra vasti would cost 94 Euro and Sneha Vasti 192 Euro. A one-time Kashaya Vasti is charged 41 Euro.

SIROVASTHI - 14 Days – 229 EURO (1 TIME 19 EURO)
Certain lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head for 15 to 60 minutes per day, for a period of 7 days. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat and severe headaches. 

UDVARTHANAM –14 Days -219 EURO (1 TIME 16 EURO)
Herbal powder massage with herbal powders for about 30 minutes daily for a period of 14 to 28 days. Reccomended for hemiplegia, paralysis, obesity and certain rheumatic ailments.

ABHYANGAM –14 Days – 99 EURO (1 TIME 9 EURO)
Special oil massage 45 minutes per day for 14 days. Useful for obesity, especially for diabetic Gangrene, a condition due to lack of blood circulation in the extremes of the body.

NASYAM –14 Days – 57 EURO (1 TIME 5 EURO)
Herbal juices and medicated oils are applied through nose for 7 to 14 days for certain kinds of headaches, and certain types of skin diseases.

SNEHAPANAM – 14 Days – 125 EURO
Medicated ghee is given internally in a proportionally increased quantity for a period of 8 to 12 days. This treatment is for osteo arthritis, sporaris etc.

KIZHI – 14 Days - 104 to 364 EURO
Herbal leaves and herbs or herbal powders are applied to the whole body in boluses with hot medicated oils for 45 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 14 days.

DHANYAMLA DHARA –14 Days - 50 EURO
Warm herbal juice is poured all over the body through a special vessel for 45 minutes to 1 hour daily. This treatment is very effective for hemiplegia and rheumatic complaints.

YONI PRAKSHALANAM – 7 Days – 50 EURO
Herbal oils and decoctions are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for gynaecological disorders. It is also a purification process for genital organs

KATIVASTHI – 1 TIME 16 EURO
Warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes as a treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular chest pain.

KSHEERADHOOMAM – 1 TIME 5 EURO
This is fomentation with medicated cow milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis, Bell’s palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the face.

THALAM - 1 TIME 3 EURO
Thalam: One time 3 Euro
A special powder mixed with medicated oil is applied on the top of the head for 20 to 45 minutes. This treatment is helpful for ENT problems, insomnia, migraine etc

Lepanam: One time 9 Euro
This is a process by which medicated herbal paste is applied on the affected part. Useful for various types of inflammatory conditions, the therapy is for 90 minutes to 2 hours per day for 7 to 14 days. This therapy is to rejuvenate mind body and soul, to tone up skin, to strengthen all systems.

Ayurveda Body Care

REJUVENATION THERAPY (RASAYANA CHIKILSA) – 14 Days – 619 EURO
This treatment includes body massage with hand and foot by two masseurs with medicated oil and cream, internal rejuvenative medicines and medicated steam bath.

BODY PURIFICATION THERAPY (SHODHAN CHIKILSA) –15 Days –686 EURO

The 15 days treatment includes body massage, snehapanam, nasyam, virechanam(medicated purgative), snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, karnapooranam, tharpanam, sirovasthi, steam bath, Herbal drinks and internal herbal medicines.

Body Immunization / Longevity Treatment(Kayakalpa Chikilsa) – 28 Days 1247 Euro
This treatment aims at arresting the degeneration of the body cells and immunisation of the system. Giving RASAYANA ( Very Special Ayurvedic Medicine) internally is the main part of this programme, based on the panchakarma and swethakarma treatment. The 28-day package process includes body massage, snehapanam, virechanam, nasyam, snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, tharpanam, sirovasthi, karnapooranam and medicated steam bath. This treatment is best effective if taken before the age of 60.

Psoriaris Treatment Programme (Sidhma Chikilsa) – 21 Days –1143 EURO
This is an effective treatment for all types of sporaris lasting 21 to 28 days. This includes special lapanam, abhyangam, snehapanam, pizhichil, medicated steam bath and sirovasthi along with exclusively prepared internal herbal medicines.

SLIMMING PROGRAMME – 28 Days – 1143 EURO
This includes medicated herbal powder massage and medicated herbal oil massage. These two massages will be given for 28 days. This programme also includes medicated steam bath, intake of herbal juices and herbal tea. Special Ayurvedic diet is advised during the treatment

Beauty Care Programme – 10 Days – 619 EURO BEAUTY CARE PROGRAMME – 10 Days – 619 EURO

Herbal face pack, herbal cream massage, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea and steam bath are done to increases the skin complexion and skin tone. 

Spine And Neck Care Programme - 10 Days - 572 Euro
This programme includes special massages, kativasthi, snehavasthi, kashayavasthi, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, special exercises etc to cure spine and neck ailments.

Karnapooranam – 1 Time 3 Euro

Medicated fumes are applied to the ears for 5 to 10 minutes to clean the ear and avoids ailments linked to the ear.

Tharpanam – 1 Time 3 Euro
It is a cleaning process of the eyes to give a cooling effect which prevents eye diseases and strengthens the optic nerves.
This is a herbal face pack with specially made herbal powder and fresh cream. This prevents and avoids wrinkles and improves the skin tone. This is also good for the eyes.

Mukhalepam – 1 Time 5 Euro
This is a herbal face pack with specially made herbal powder and fresh cream which prevents and avoids wrinkles and improves the skin tone. 

Rejuvenation Massage – 19 Euro
Body massage with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand and foot, head massage, face massage for 1½ hours for rejuvenating the body, to reduce mental tension improve vitality etc.

GENERAL MASSAGE – 16 EURO
Body massage with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand to tone up the body and to improve the blood circulation.

MEDICATED STEAM BATH – 10 EURO
Precious herbal leaves and herbs are boiled and the steam is passed to the whole body for 10 to 20 minutes. This is good for certain skin diseases, to eliminate impurities from the body, to improve the tone of the body and to reduce fat.

Yoga And Meditation - Per Session 10 EURO
Body massage course and Yoga-Meditation course will be conducted as per request at a price. For a single pizhichil, njavarakizhi, thiladhara, sirovasthi etc the rates will be different. Duration of the treatment varies.

RESTAURANT 

The restaurant serves Ayurvedic menu with 256 different varieties of Ayurvedic 
Dishes, regional, Indian, continental and chinese cuisine.

AYURVEDIC HOSPITAL AND YOGA CENTER

With 59 units of accommodation, constructed in traditional architectural style, is that it gives the visitor the chance to experience the life style of an ancient Kerala village, and at the same time, have the opportunity to undergo genuine Ayurvedic treatment under the supervision of an expert team of Doctors. 

AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS IN SOMATHEERAM

Somatheeram offers all of Treatments laid out in the ancient texts; such as Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Dhara, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Snehapanam, Kizhi, Ksheeradhoomam, Thalam and Lepanam etc. 

The special features of this center are the Rasayana Chikilsa (Rejuvenation Therapy), Shodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy), and Kayakalpa Chikilsa (Immunization/ Longevity Therapy). In Addition to this the resort has designed slimming programme and stress management programme. 

TEAM OF DOCTORS

The Ayurvedic Treatment Center is managed by a team of 12 highly qualified and experienced doctors headed by Dr. C.A. Raman, an illustrious practitioner of the system, whose brilliant career with the government found him at the head of the department as Director, Indian System of Medicine for 3 years till 1986. We are offering free consultation to every guest. Our teams of doctors are specially trained for treating International Tourists. 

TEAM OF THERAPISTS

We have a team of 70 trained Therapists who have undergone special training programme for administering treatment to international tourists. Most of our therapists hail from traditional Ayurvedic families. 

TREATMENT ROOMS

Somatheeram has 24 hygienically maintained treatment rooms. 

AYURVEDIC MENU

Diet (Pathya) is an important factor in Ayurvedia. Somatheeram follows a special Ayurvedic menu crafted by our team of doctors. Somatheeram offers 256 different varieties of Ayurvedicdishes based on the Tridoshas (Vatha, Pitha and Kapha) properties. Guests undergoing the treatment packages are requested to follow this diet very strictly, in order to derive maximum benefits.

HERBAL GARDEN

A herbal garden, with nearly 600 varieties of herbs would be a treat to tourists. This is also aimed at identifying hundreds of rare herbs used in Ayurvedic medicines. 

MEDICINE MANUFACTURING UNIT

The medicine manufacturing unit aims to provide genuine medicine to tourists. The unit functions under a panel of doctors. A research and development wing is also functioning here.

School of Ayurveda

Somatheeram also imparts knowledge of Ayurveda. Somatheeram School of Ayurveda offers 
· BASIC MASSAGE 
· INTENSIVE MASSAGE 
· BASIC AYURVEDA & PANCHAKARMA 
· MARMA MASSAGE 
· & TONGUE AND PULSE DIAGNOSIS COURSES

The faculty includes eminent professors and lectures from famous Ayurvedic Institutions and research centers. Lectures are conducted and seminars held on Ayurveda and Healthy Living. Eminent professors from various Ayurvedic universities deliver lectures. A Q&A session clears doubts at the end of the sessions. Interpreters are available for assistance in various languages. 

YOGA & MEDITATION

Yoga and meditation are practiced by the patients under the guidance of a Guru (master) in the calm and serene atmosphere prevailing in the Somatheeram Ayurvedic Hospital and Yoga Center.

Journals publications and VCDs on Ayurveda are brought out periodically in various languages, apart from an exclusive booklet on Ayurveda, considered a reference text.
An interactive 70-minute CD on Ayurveda provides the genesis, fundamentals, treatment and body care systems. The VCD is of 35-minute duration. 

Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village, a sister concern of Somatheeram situated just a stone’s throw away, sharing the same private beach ,offers similar services provided by Somatheeram. 

CONTACT:

Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort 
Chowara P.O
South of Kovalam
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 501
Phone: +91 471 2268101 (07 lines)
Fax: +91 471 2267600
E-mail: Somatheeram@vsnl.com 


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