Hi, Karen here. As an holistic therapist and weight loss consultant with Weight Loss by Design I am always interested in different approaches which bring harmony and balance into our lives and so I want to share my experience of the Ayurvedic Holistic Health Care System.
My journey into the fabulous world of Ayurveda began several years ago with my first visit to Goa, situated in the South of India next to the Indian Ocean. It really is paradise, filled with an abundance of jewel like colours, herbs, spices, exotic plants, beautiful beaches and smiley people.
In search of deep relaxation I experienced the most indulgent massage with oils infused with healing herbs which was so effective, that after a course of five massages my friends commented that I looked ten years younger! Since then I have visited Goa regularly, enticed by the warmth of the people and the lure of further Ayurvedic treatments.
I have such faith in the healing and rejuvenating properties of this healing system that in 2011 I decided to attend a two month residential training course in Goa at the Ayurvedic Natural Health Centre where I received 1-1 training so that I could share the benefits with you. During my training I was taught the theory and backgrground of Ayurveda and it’s application through massage and herbal oil therapies (snehan), following a daily routine as advocated by the school including diet, yoga, massage and mindfulness. Through eating an Ayurvedic diet of freshly cooked food incorporating the six tastes (rasas) I even lost over half a stone in weight without noticing until I got on the scales when I returned home!
What is Ayurveda?
Ayur (Life) Veda (Knowledge) It is the science and knowledge of life and originated approximately five thousand years ago in India. This holistic science is the knowledge of complete balance of body, mind and spirit on all levels. It includes longevity, rejuvenation and self realisation therapies through herbs, diet, exercise, yoga, massage, mantras and meditation.
According to Ayurvedic tradition all things on earth are formed by Panchamahabhutas, the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether (space). Illness is caused by an excess or deficiency of any particular element causing imbalance. Doshas, Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth) regulate the human body and originate from the Panchamahabhutas.
The aims of Ayurvedic therapy are to maintain the health of a healthy person (shaman chikitsa) or to eliminate toxins (ama) in the body which cause disease (shodan chikitsa). Toxins are eliminated through the process of Panchakarma or five therapies, one of which is snehan, the application of oil which can be taken internally or externally through massage. This breaks down the ama which can then be eliminated through natural channels in the body, sweat and skin.
Ayurvedic Oil Massage – Abhyanga
Ayurvedic tradition states that the secret of youth and beauty is the proper circulation of vital life fluids and the discharge of waste material. A good massage is the best tool for mental and physical relaxation and rejuvenation. It tones, relaxes and increases the flow of Oxygen to the muscles tissues, flushes out waste products and increases stamina and body awareness.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading a little about me and this introduction to Ayurveda. In the coming weekks I will share further information on types of massage and benefits, food types and recipes for particualr body characteristics and how to bring the body and mind into balance to promote health and assist in weight loss.
Wishing you all abundant good health. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you. Karen