I offer two primary ways of working with me within the scope of Ayurveda -
Lifestyle Consultation and Ayurvedic Bodywork. One may choose
the consultation, the bodywork treatment(s), or a combination of the two for ultimate benefit.
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What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is recognized by WHO as a Global Healthcare System.
It is a complete medical system, and it is the original and ultimate holistic medicine.
The term Ayurveda is mainly used today generically to mean Traditional Indian medicine. It combines sense-based, scientific medicine with religious, ritual customs and beliefs whose exact origins are very difficult to place. Scholarly sources root its origins in the Vedic era dating back 4000 years ago as an orthodox, religious oral tradition.
It encompasses all aspects of health: physical, mental, & spiritual well-being, social welfare, environmental concerns, diet and lifestyle habits, daily living routines, seasonal health impacts, and treating and managing specific diseases.
The tree of life is a very fitting image for Ayurveda, as it is a living tradition that continually grows and branches out. At its roots, Ayurveda teaches respect for nature, appreciation of life, and the means to empower the individual.
Ayurveda is an expanding tradition that conintually accumulates knowledge over time and it has developed into a more empirical medical system that is grounded in clinical experience. Though it appears to have two different perspectives: religious/materialistic, empirical/scientific, to the Indian sensibility there is no conflict; Ayurveda can be both divinely inspired and open to human evolution.
There exists complex cultural conditions that perhaps have stunted its expansion in the way that, for example, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has appreciated. Modern scientific research is catching up and validating what the ancient scientists knew long ago as they developed this science of life.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation
My objective in translating this knowledge, and my experience with Ayurveda is to demystify what might seem difficult to grasp or integrate.
There are little interventions that you can make in your life that will improve the quality of your life exponentially. For example, they improve your digestion, your nervous system to function effectively, to improve your mood in small increments
I embrace the 1% improvement model where if you can bring in say 10 small, 1% things that improve your life, before you know it your life is 10% better. You experience the benefit and result of that and it gives you further incentive to keep learning and improving self-care by making small contributions to your health.
The way Ayurveda defines health is the word “Svastha“ being established in yourself via your daily routines (dinacharya).
I offer consultations to evaluate constitutional type, provide Ayurvedic bodywork, design lifestyle recommendations including optimal yoga and exercise regimens based on your body type, make personal herbal formulas, and teach Ayurvedic cooking and meal planning.
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Ayurvedic Bodywork Treatments
Ayurveda has a long history of using massage techniques as integrated parts of a total healing system for virtually every medical condition.
Thorough, vigorous Ayurvedic massage is a type of passive exercise. Regular massage is the key to good health and is indispensable for prevention and cure of diseases.
So it is an important part of daily life in India.
Because each of us is unique with different bodies our bodywork requirements are also unique. Ayurveda recognizes this and advocates an individualized program for each client. Highly personalized treatment regimens are the essence of Ayurvedic therapeutics. Specific treatments are assessed via the imbalances of the primal metabolic forces (doshas).
One of the things that I fell in love with about Ayurveda is its emphasis on oils. Ayurveda recognizes the medicinal value of oil used both internally and externally.
For anyone new to having oils applied and used medicinally, it may take a session or two to get familair with these types of treatments. Experiencing is the way to learn why Ayurveda exalts oils are the primary key component for detoxification and calming
the nervous system.
The most commonly used carrier oils are coconut, sesame, sunflower, ghee, and almond oil, and they are infused with essential oils and herbs to potentize their medicinal value.
Descriptions are listed below for the following Ayurvedic Bodywork therapies that I provide:
Garshana, Abhyanga, Marma, Svedana, Nasya,
Kati Basti, Netra Basti, Chakra Basti