Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India; a holistic system which emphasizes balancing our body before imbalanced are developing into diseases.
Ayur → life or longevity
Veda → science or Knowledge
Ayurveda → Science or Knowledge of Life or Longevity
Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India; a holistic approach which emphasizes balancing our body, mind and spirit.
It is based on the 5 universal elements of
Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
These elements are organised in our body into 3 constitutional types,
- Vata space + air
- Pitta fire + water
- Kapha water + earth.
Each Dosha has its own qualities and functions.
Vata dosha is cold, mobile, dry, rough, light, clear and is involved in everything that moves in the body, muscles contracting, heart beating, circulation of blood and energy.
A balanced Vata dosha is quick, creative and flexible.
An imbalanced Vata dosha is having cold hands and feet, dry skin, dry hair, dryness inside the body can lead to feeling bloated, suffering from constipation, scattered thoughts, indecisiveness.
Pitta dosha is hot, penetrating, light, slightly oily, spreading, spicy, acid. It revolves around our digestion, transforming food into nutrients our body can assimilate and nourish each and every cell.
A balanced Pitta dosha is precise, sharp minded, intense.
An imbalanced Pitta dosha experiences hyperacidity, inflammation within your body, skin rashes, burning eyes, very fast metabolism leading to loose stools or diarrhoea, feeling angry and irritable, impatient.
Kapha dosha is cool, smooth, dense, slimy, slow, stable keeping us hydrated and lubricated. It is all mucus membranes in the body allowing smooth movement between the tissues, within the joints, keeping them moist.
A balanced Kapha dosha is patient, loving and content.
An imbalanced Kapha dosha tends to swellings around the joints, the skin might feel puffy, frequent colds and coughs, congestion in chest and sinuses, weight gain, allergies, fibroids or cysts, hanging on to things or people.
The doshas are arranged in our body in a unique composition when we are born. This unique composition is called Prakriti. When our Prakriti gets imbalanced due to food and lifestyle patterns, this is called Vikriti, which is like the dust on a worksurface. This dust needs to removed to get again a clean worksurface, allowing us to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Early on these changes can be re-balanced within a couple of days, if we wait and ignore them, these changes eventually lead to serious imbalances which take a longer period of time to address.
The doshas can be balanced with the help of diet, herbal remedies, warm oil massages, Yoga and suitable lifestyle patterns.
As an Ayurvedic massage therapist, I offer Abhyanga Massages (full body massages) and Padabhyanga, which is a foot massage with a special metal bowl. Both therapies work strongly on balancing the body.
I run regular workshops on Ayurvedic cooking, seasonal fasting/cleansing and the basics of Ayurveda and how to integrate them into the daily life to become and stay healthy.