What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the 5000 year old holistic system of health and healing from India and is based on achieving physcial and mental harmony with nature.  It is still practised today as a recognised branch of medicine, alongside what we call conventional medicine. Translated, 'Ayur' means "life" and 'Veda' means "knowledge or science" so it literally means "science or knowledge of life."  The subject of ayurveda is vast and complex, however just a few changes to a person's daily routine really can make a difference to their sense of well being.

Ayurveda looks at illness as being caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore, seeks to gently bring a person's body and mind back to a healthy balance. Illness or disharmony will always manifest firstly at the subtle level, when we can't put our finger on the problem, we just feel not quite ourselves, this in Ayurveda is called our 'ama' (toxins) and requires our 'agni' (digestive fire) to be stimulated. If however things are left unchecked the problem can progress to a physical nature, which is then much more difficult to address.

Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including us, as being comprised of 5 elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.  These combine to form the 3 bio-physical forces within the human body known as Doshas of which there are 3, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They govern all biological, physiological and psychological functions of the mind, body and emotions.



Book a free consultation with Nikki to determine your Dosha type and discover which massages or treatments are best suited to you, helping you on your way to a healthier more balanced you.



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