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Ayurveda

An ancient healing system which has its roots in India, Ayurveda has been written down for at least 5000 years although it has been taught orally since time immemorial.  Ayurveda quite literally translates as the  ‘science of life and longevity’  – ‘Ayur’ meaning life/longevity and ‘Veda’ meaning science.  As a medical science its aim is to heal, prevent disease, and increase longevity.

WHAT IS IT?

Ayurveda is a holistic medical science aimed at maintaining good health through disease prevention, and also treating disease and emotional disorders. These are carried out by entirely natural means using the 5 approaches (or tools) of Ayurveda, namely Diet, Herbs, Lifestyle, Yoga and Massage.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The aim of Ayurveda is to teach the art of living in harmony with the laws of nature – i.e. in one’s environment, consciousness and physical body.  Each person is unique in that from the moment of conception, the individual constitution (prakruti) is created by a combination of the universal elements of Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.  These combine in varying ratios to form the doshas of

  • VATA (space + air) which is the energy of movement;
  • PITTA (fire and water) the principle of digestion or metabolism which is responsible for transforming matter into energy; and
  • KAPHA (water and earth), which is the energy of structure and lubrication to the body.

If you would like to find out more about which DOSHA you could be and the 5 approaches (or tools) of Ayurveda, visit www.lifegracewisdom.com

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?

If you have been following a treatment plan, you will feel energised, light and joyful as toxins from body, mind and consciousness are reduced.  You will feel more relaxed and able to deal with everyday life.  Often physical symptoms are a manifestation of emotional issues which is why a holistic approach yields better results than simply treating a symptom in isolation.

If you have had a massage, you will feel relaxed and calm as your heartrate returns to normal.  The warm oils and long strokes are deeply soothing.  Blocked pressure points (marmas) are cleared so that energy (prana) can flow freely, thereby reducing pain.  The massage becomes your medicine as the type of massage is combined with medicated oils to suit your specific needs.  In fact, the Sanskrit word snehana means to apply oil, but is also used to mean love.  Ayurvedic massage is therefore also the application of love.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Some clients benefit from one or two massages and report a great reduction or even cessation of the problem.  Other clients, especially those with chronic conditions prefer to have a treatment plan drawn up for them initially which includes three massages, followed by regular maintenance treatments spaced either monthly or quarterly.  To this end, package treatments are available and take into account how much the client would like to do themselves and the frequency of massages needed, therefore pricing and intensity of treatments vary greatly from client to client.

WHAT CAN BE TREATED?

As Ayurveda seeks to restore balance between your physical, mental and spiritual well-being, any aspect that is excessive or lacking can therefore be healed.  Specifically, to name a few conditions as follows:-

Migraines / headaches / hair loss
Chronic Fatigue / ME
Digestive Issues / IBS / Constipation
Parasites / Candida
Arthritis
Joint pain / idiopathic body aches and rashes
Struggles with weight
Diabetes
Ear and Eye infections / sensitivity
Grief / Anxiety / Insomnia
Hayfever / Sinusitis and Allergies
Eczema / Psoriasis / Acne
Dysmenorrhea
Dry skin / splitting heels / facial wrinkles

Childhood Issues:

Recurrent ear infections / sensitivity to noise
Eye infections / sensitivity to light
Rashes
Unsettled baby / not sleeping
Sore throats / tonsils / coughs
Fevers
Constipation
Recurrent colds

 For a full list of therapies, please visit www.lifegracewisdom.com

Elizabeth Sweetman

Elizabeth Sweetman