In Ayurveda, spring is associated with the qualities of Kapha dosha which are heavy, soft, moist/oily and cold. The Sanskrit word Kapha translates as “that which flourishes in water”. As the snows melt, so too do our bodies begin to liquefy accumulated excess to eliminate it from the body. This process can bring on health challenges for some in the form of colds, allergies, congestion, or sluggish digestion. Fortunately, an appropriate seasonal regime can help to overcome these challenges. To stay balanced this spring and support the elimination of accumulated excess, bring in foods and activities that are light, dry, and warming.
When the weather warms up, we instinctively find ourselves drawn to lighter fresh foods such as greens, fresh salads, and fruit. This is a perfect season to do a cleanse, if you are so inclined. Even without a formal cleanse, you can support the bodies natural instinct to purify by favoring lighter foods that are more bitter, astringent, and pungent. Bitter tastes like lettuce and leafy greans, green tea, turmeric, and basil help to decrease water retention and liver congestion. Try adding some wild dandelion greens to your next salad. The astringent taste purifies the blood, has a cooling drying effect, and removes excess Pitta and Kapha. Examples of astringent foods are asparagus, aloe, apples, quinoa, legumes, and sprouts. Pungent foods are warming, stimulate our digestion and help burn waste products in the body. Enhance your meals with pungent flavors like ginger, garlic, onion, black pepper, and chile peppers unless you are a fiery Pitta type.
Kapha balancing practices help stimulate the lymph and circulation to avoid congestion, stagnation, lethargy and depression. A few great ways to keep everything moving are morning sun salutations, breath of fire and regular exercise. Some appropriate essential oils for the season are eucalyptus, rosemary, fir, lemongrass and cardamon. Another wonderful practice to include in your spring regime is dry brushing the skin.
Garshana is an Ayurvedic dry massage performed with silk gloves (or a dry brush) on dry skin. This gentle exfoliation in an upward motion toward the heart renews the skin, stimulates the lymph, and enhances the circulation of blood. By removing dead skin cells and unclogging the pores, the skin is allowed to breathe and efficiently release toxins. In one day our skin releases more than a pound of waste through perspiration. Garshana tones and firms the skin while supporting the body’s natural release of toxins through our largest organ of elimination. If you are new to this practice, enjoy an invigorating Garshana treatment in our spa to learn more about how to do it for yourself at home. Throughout the month of April, receive $15 off a 30-minute Garshana Silk Glove add-on with a True Massage or Abhyanga Warm Oil Massage