Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of natural healing which originated in India. Ayurveda translates as the science of life (Ayur - life, Veda - science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest continuously practiced systems of medicine in the world.
According to Ayurveda, the universe and everything in it, consists of the Pancha Mahabhutas, (five great elements) which are earth (prithvi), water (jala), fire (Agni or tej), air (Vayu) and ether or space (akash). These elements in a variety of combinations, give rise to three main biological forces in the human body, called doshas. The doshas can be compared to the biological humors of the ancient Greek system of medicine and are referred to in Ayurveda as Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Doshas - functional forces of the body
When the Pancha Mahabhutas – space, air, fire, water and earth, combine to form the human body, the three vital energies, or doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), are formed in different proportions to determine a person's Prakriti (constitution). Prakriti is a Sanskrit word that means, "nature", "creativity" or "the first creation."
Vata - produces movement
Formed primarily by the elements of space and air, Vata governs movement and regulation within the body. Vata dosha is responsible for all motion within the body including; circulation of the blood, movement of food through the body, movement of oxygen and movement of the thoughts and feelings of the mind. Qualities of Vata are cold, dry and dispersing.
Pitta - transforms
Formed primarily by the elements of fire and water, Pitta governs the body's metabolism and production of heat within the body. Pitta dosha is responsible for the process of metabolism, digestion and all chemical transformations within the body, regulating hunger, thirst and body temperature. Qualities of Pitta are intense, hot and sharp.
Kapha - provides the foundation for all other functions
Formed primarily by the elements of earth and water, Kapha governs the structure and lubrication of the body and mind. Kapha dosha is responsible for bringing about coordination of the body systems and regularization of all body processes, sustaining strength of muscles, bones, tendons and balancing of body liquids, such as digestive enzymes. Qualities of Kapha are smooth, stable and heavy.
It is said in Ayurveda that illness arises when any of the doshas becomes disturbed or vitiated.
Ayurvedic and Wellness Consultation
An Ayurvedic consultation involves an in-depth discussion relating to an individual's physical, mental and emotional health in order to determine the Prakriti, the unique constitution of doshas, as well as the Vikriti, the current state of the person's constitution. This allows the practitioner to determine any physical, mental or emotional imbalances which may be present. Following the consultation, in line with the principles of universal interconnectedness, the Ayurvedic practitioner will prescribe an individualised treatment plan, including massage therapy, herbal medicine, dietary, exercise, and lifestyle related advice to assist with restoring the doshas, and thus the body, mind and emotions, back to their natural state of equilibrium.
David Wither Tuesday, 19 December 2017 08:12 Comment Link
Hi, do you have time for a 1.5hr Swedish massage tonight or tomorrow night at about 1930? Also, I will be coming from work so it would be good to get a quick shower. Do you you have one I can use?
Scottie Monday, 25 January 2016 20:48 Comment Link
Yet another amazing massage!
I've been receiving massages from Kamila on a regular basis for about 3 years now and I still get amazed every time just how incredibly talented she is at reading the body.
The combo of KCR and lomi work really well for the problems I have with my ankles and calf muscles, and the regular massage helps ease the pain.
It's also a fantastic relaxing and professional environment - perfect to unwind.