Greeva Basti is a treatment for neck pain in Ayurveda. It is a soothing and gentle solution for when the pain in your neck is too tender to benefit from massage.
What is Greeva Basti?
In Sanskrit, ‘Greeva’ means the neck and ‘Basti’ means retaining something inside. Greeva Basti is a soothing treatment where a large quantity of warm herbalised oil is retained on your neck to relieve pain, stiffness and inflammation.
In Greeva Basti, the benefits of the treatment come from the herbal oil. The warmth and pressure of the oil on the neck, allows deeper absorption into the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, relaxing spasms and reducing pain and stiffness.
We have a wide variety of herbal oils for injuries and painful conditions. The herbal oil will be selected according to your condition and can focus on pain relieving, anti-inflammatory or strengthening actions.
The external application of warm herbalised oil plays a major role in Ayurvedic treatment. Herbal oil is a transport mechanism for delivering herbs into the deeper tissues. When the warmed herbal oils are applied in a treatment, the pores of the skin are opened due to the warmth. This allows the healing properties of the herbs to more deeply penetrate the affected tissues. When herbs are used in this manner, they also help to pull impurities out of the body.
Pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders and upper back
Relieves pain, stiffness and inflammation in your neck, shoulders and upper back.
Promotes better circulation by removing stagnant blood, fluids and toxins from the injured area.
Releases the muscles around the neck and shoulders reducing the severity of headaches.
A gentle and soothing approach to neck pain that is too tender to benefit from massage.
Greeva Basti Method
A dam of dough (made of black gram flour) is placed on your neck and is then filled with warm herbalised oil. The oil penetrates deeply into the tissues, lubricating and softening the contracted muscles. Once the oil is removed, the area is gently massaged to assist with the healing process.
Ayurvedic herbal medicine and dietary restrictions may also be prescribed if necessary.
A Kizhi is a poultice that is densely packed with herbal ingredients. The Kizhi is dipped in heated herbal oil throughout the treatment and massaged over the affected area improving circulation and reducing body stiffness and pain.