What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda translates to the science, or knowledge of life. It strives to educate one on how to live a healthy, well-balanced life that is in tune with nature to achieve optimal health for the body and mind.
Through the lens of Ayurveda, the world is seen to consist of the qualities of the five elements: fire, earth, air, water and ether. It is through this understanding that they then break down the constitution of the individual into a balance of the three doshas, or bio-elements. Vata, which consists of air and ether; Pitta, consisting of fire and water, and finally, Kapha consisting of water and earth.
A very important concept in Ayurveda is that every person is genetically different – this gives each of us a very specific constitution (Prakriti) and a very individual way of interacting with the environment. Ayurveda teaches us about a framework in which we can modify our lifestyles to optimize our bodily functions.
Ayurveda is the art of insight that brings harmony, happiness, joy and bliss in our daily life. It brings a quality of consciousness so one can gain insight to deal with one’s inner life and emotions. Ayurveda is a consciousness-based approach to health, vitality and longevity.
Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga)
Herbally infused oils are carefully selected with each treatment, customized to the individual’s specific needs. A generous amount of warmed oil is poured over the body. Combined with the techniques used, the oil penetrates the deeper tissues of the body, mind, and spirit.
This treatment heals the body through:
Encouraging movement of lymph & blood
Calming the nervous system
Boosting the immune system
Easing muscle & joint pain
Assisting in removing toxins
What to Expect
The massage brings a profoundly relaxed state. It is recommended that one can carve out extra time after the treatment to allow the oils to be absorbed further into skin. Some individuals may wish to bring a change of casual clothes, as the massage uses excessive oil.
For more information on Ayurveda please take a moment to watch an excerpt from ‘Our Common Root’s’ film ‘Introduction to Ayurveda’ care of Glenn Axford, be sure to check out the trailer for the full length film on Vimeo as well.