The foundational treatments of Ayurveda, Abhyanga, Shirodhara and Marma, are good for everyone at all times. Their potency is enhanced by adding the support of Seasonal Cleansing Treatments, especially during seasonal changes. These are the most challenging times of year, as our bodies have to make a sudden shift from climate conditions adapted to over three months or longer. We are also at our highest state of "accumulation" (the first state of the disease process) at the end of a season. For instance, just as we feel we have no relief from the incessant heat of summer, indeed the body has no means of dumping the heat it absorbs day after day. So, it builds up and stores in our tissues. To counteract this, we receive Pitta relieving treatments during the summer, to provide an escape valve. At the beginning of Autumn, we shift to Vata pacifying treatments to keep the winds of Vata from fanning the flames of Pitta and to relieve us of harmful Vata accumulation.
Kapha Season- Later Winter/Early Spring Nasya is a traditional and very effective in purifying the sinuses and protecting them from pathogens. In fact, the texts of Ayurveda credit this treatment with benefitting all conditions from the neck up, including all the sinus conditions related to congestion and allergies, many types of headache; it is helpful for eye and ear problems, such as dry, itching and watery eyes, conjunctivitis, glaucoma, hearing aloss, tinnitis, and is said to have a positive effect on degenerative diseases of the brain.
It is good to receive Nasya seasonally as a preventive measure. For curative effects of existing conditions, the Vaidyas' of India recommend series' ranging from four to as many as 20 treatments. So, extreme results are not to be expected on the first visit. That said, even a single treatment can give one an impressive feeling of lightness and clarity, due the cleansing and opening of channels which provide improved oxygenation of the brain.