Prana, or the life force that circulates through us, is inexorably linked to the body and mind, and the nose is the doorway that facilitates breath that governs prana. Ayurveda states that release of any blockages of excess bodily humors within the sinuses, nasal passageway, throat and head is paramount in optimal functioning of the breath. Nasya is one of the five classical panchakarmas that facilitates this release.
There are several classical types of Nasya, depending primarily on the concerns being addressed. Commonly, Nasya is performed with a combination of head, face, and neck massage, then herbal steam. Herbal oil, ghee or powder is applied to the nasal region, then massaged, and followed by additional steam. The procedure usually lasts 45 minutes.
- Emotional imbalances
- Stiffness in the neck & shoulders
- Dryness of the nose
- Sinus congestion
- Stiffness in the head, neck, teeth and jaw and facial paralysis.