Ayurveda Therapies

ABHYANGA – Full Body Oil Massage – 60 MIN, $90.

This wonderful Ayurvedic therapy consists of a full head and body massage administered by your practitioner. Aromatic herbal oils are applied in a continuous flowing sequence.  The depth, speed and type of oil applied varies according to your Ayurvedic body type and your personal needs and preference. 


ELAKIZHI – Bolus Massage – 60 MIN, $90.

A hot therapy, similar to hot stones but in which fresh herbal ingredients are fried, tied into boluses, dipped into warm medicated oil and applied over the whole body or affected body part. I use the beautiful kawakawa leaves as the base of the bolus. The herbal bags are padded over joints, thus draining toxins and giving wonderful relief to muscular tension. It can also be applied as an add on after Abhyanga / oil massage.
Indication: Chronic back pain, joint stiffness, muscular pain, sciatica, spondylosis, sprains, cramps, and general rejuvenation.

*This is messy and fun! Think, green herbs and turmeric juice all over your skin. Able to have an onsite shower or bath following this treatment or bring old clothes and an old towel . Shower – free of charge. Hot luxurious bath with rose petals and cleansing salts $25 add on.


SHIRODHARA – 30 MIN, $55 | 60 MIN, $90. 

A signature Ayurvedic treatment that dates back to the ages. ‘Shiro’ means head and ‘dhara’ means unbroken flow of liquid. Once settled out at Saffron Cottage with a cup of herbal tea, you will lie comfortably on your back wrapped warmly in a blanket. Lukewarm herbal organic oil is then hung from a specially designed copper vessel above the forehead and made to flow in a continuous, soft stream for around 45 minutes. This is followed by a 15 minute beautiful Indian head massage and facial massage with the Kansa wand. This deeply soothing therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, promotes sound sleep, relieves headaches and migraine, eases jet lag, and does wonders for your hair and scalp!


As above but while the oil flows, the therapist gently massage the client’s head throughout the therapy.  Bliss.

Following the shirodhara therapies, you will have the option of taking home your oil with you to be used for bath oil or massage. This beautiful herbally medicated oil consists of  tridoshic blend includes organic ashwagandha, shatavari, bhringaraj, skullcap, and brahmi/gotukola in a base of organic sesame and sunflower oils.


MARMA THERAPY – 30 MIN, $55 | 60 MIN, $90.

An acupressure-type, very gentle massage which helps bring the mind and body into equilibrium. This simply yet effective therapy effortlessly releases deeper-seated stresses from the subtle energy channels and unblocks long-standing mental and emotional blockages from the nervous system.  

Although Marma Chikitsa is as ancient a healing therapy as acupuncture, and even older; it’s far more rare to encounter it today.

Marma therapy is the energy healing of Ayurveda utilising 107 points or “doorways” into the body and consciousness. Each point allows for entry into the “chakras”- the vibrational energy centers along the spine in the “subtle” body, releasing blocked energy and stimulating pranic flow. This can stimulate a chain of positive flow. While it releases neurochemicals such as serotonin, melatonin for improved cognitive function and deeper sleep, I have also found it to bring about a change of perception. It allows people to become un-stuck!



“Four Hands” signature therapy Abhyanga is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic warm oil massage therapy, used for healing and detoxifying the Body, Mind and Spirit. For this we use Banyan Botanical Ayurvedic herbal infused oils. Abhyanga is traditionally done with two therapists in tandem.

This treatment, using light to medium pressure, is very balancing and is excellent for detoxifying your body and calming the mind. It is also a holistic treatment, meant to nourish the body with healing touch and warmed oil, as it promotes healthy circulation and joints.

Warmed aromatic herbal oils, specially crafted & blended to nourish and strengthen your constitution type, are used. A variety of Ayurvedic techniques are applied to work along the energy channels of your body.

Your therapy will end with a body streaming while remaining on the massage bed. This helps to allow the oils used to penetrate more readily into the tissues, improve circulation, enhance the detoxification process and further relax the body. We have adapted this process with a full body hot steamer treatment that is specially applied to maintain your comfort while remaining lying on the massage bed, yet still achieve the benefits moist heat provides.


PADABHYANGA – Foot Massage – 30 MIN, $55

Padabhyanga or feet massage has a very special place within the Ayurvedic tradition. Feet are very important part in our body, as many nerves from many organs terminate in the feet. So massage helps to strengthen these nerves and restores health to many parts of the body. The marma (vital) points are massaged which gives balance to your doshas and is very helpful for people with insomnia, fatigue and cramps. A Kansa wand is used in the massage routine. The skin surface is rubbed lightly and briskly in circular and lengthwise directions to stimulate circulation and energy flow in the area.

KATI BASTI – 30 MIN, $55 | 60 MIN, $90.

This is a simple therapy with profound effects. In the subtle body, the nadis emerge from manipura (navel) chakra and supply energy to the upper and lower extremities and back. Kati basti has wide use for any pain, strain, or tension in lower or upper back. Can also be adapted to treat shoulder complaints such as frozen shoulder.

Medicated oils are applied over the affected area, encased in a black gram flour dough ring. The dough ring is about four to five inches in diameter and is placed on the back around the affected area. Usually it is applied to the lumbosacral area of the spine, which is a major site of vata. The warm oil is poured into the lower back in the dough ring. When the oil cools down, it is squeezed out with cotton balls and the procedure is repeated a few times.

The indications for this therapy are backache, degenerative spine changes, compressed discs, osteoporosis, sciatica, hip pain, shoulder pain, and spinal cord compression. Most of the time, vata dosha is the culprit in this area.

JANU BASTI – 30 MIN, $55 | 60 MIN, $90.

As above but for the knee joint/s.


AYURVEDIC FACIAL THERAPY – Awaken The Beauty Of Your Skin.  60 MIN, $90.

Only an Ayurvedic facial treatment will give you the opportunity to experience the wonder of Kansa wand – The rejuvenated Indian Healing metal.

We only use 100% organic Ayurvedic and botanical products, specifically tailored to your needs.

So different to a Western facial treatment, our Ayurvedic facial includes:

  • Cleansing wash and exfoliation with frothed milk and rose water. (please let us know if you need non-dairy milk).
  • Face massage with a beautiful Ayurvedic oil, such as Kumkumadi/Saffron oil or an oil suitable for your skin type.
  • Kansa wand massage
  • Herbal facial steam.
  • Ayurvedic face mask with NZ Bentonite clay – during this time your arms will be massaged.
  • Finishing with an application of a beautiful plant based serum, depending on your skin type.

Please note – this is not your usual facial – it’s a bit messy, luscious and awakes all the senses! You will go away glowing.



In this unique Ayurvedic Massage a herbal powder mix is massaged into the body to break up stagnation & stimulate lymphatic flow. A herbalised steam is applied at a specific temperature for a specific time that helps to open the channels and flush the toxins from the body.  Following this the body is coated with warm medicated oil and massaged.

This therapy enlivens and energises the body helping promote better digestion, healthier skin and firmer muscle tone.  It also increases circulation, helping break down fatty deposits and cellulite and is therefore recommended for those wishing to detox.  You can add on a hot luxurious bath with rose petals and cleansing salts for $25.


Indian Head Massage uses gentle and stimulating techniques working on the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face. This ancient Indian traditional massage improves the blood flow to the head and neck increasing the distribution of oxygen and nutrients to nourish the tissues. It is used to relieve mental tension and promote relaxation in addition to contributing to improved concentration and better productivity. Can be a dry massage or best used with a little oil.


GARSHANA MASSAGE – 30 MIN, $55/60 MIN, $90

Garshana is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage that refreshes and stimulates the skin and lymphatic system, enhancing blood circulation and the release of accumulated toxins. Performed by using raw silk or flax gloves, a dusting of chickpea flour and a mix of herbs that suit your body type, that gently removes dead skin layers leaving the skin supple and glowing.

Garshana Massage



Using the standard heat and oil process at the core of the majority of Ayurvedic massage treatments, Pinda Sweda also uses ‘rice puddings’ or medicinal rice cooked with herbs and bundled into soft cotton to create heat-holding boluses.

This treatment is usually recommended for the aching joints and muscles commonly associated with arthritic conditions, back pain and muscle stiffness. It can also be used to delay the ageing process and help manage and treat insomnia, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Warm medicinal oil will be massaged over the entire body before applying the rice boluses to specific areas using varied pressure to remove stiffness and clear the bodily channels. After the boluses have been used, the contents are removed from the bundle and massaged into the skin before being removed with kawakawa leaves.

This treatment helps promote the elimination of toxins while enhancing circulation and blood flow. Other benefits include: Reduction in stress and insomnia. Soothe and restore dry skin. Stress relief. Management of inflammation, swelling and pain.

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