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A brief history of Ayurveda

Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India, but is now believed to hold the key to health in our modern, frenetic world. It is believed that, by following some simple, basic guidelines, we can transform our lives.

Ayurveda is a sanskrit word meaning “science of life” (ayur = life, veda = knowledge). It is an ancient philosophy based on a deep understanding of external truths about the human body, mind and spirit. Unlike orthodox medicine, it is not based on the frequently changing findings of specific research projects, but rather on permanent eternal principle of living that can be applied to modern life as we know it.

Although it originated in the East several thousand years ago, Ayurveda is most appropriate for modern day living in our western society, where many suffer from stress related conditions which allopathic medicine has been unable to remedy. Ayurveda is the oldest healing system known as it is the most complete. It’s logical common sense approach to health and living is combined with philosophy, psychology and spiritual guidance.
ayurvedic doshas
The basic theory behind Ayurveda is that there are three fundamental body types of human beings – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. What is good for one sort is not necessarily good for the other. For example, Vatas can eat pretty much as they please and do not need much in the way of exercise, whereas Kaphas need to go easy on the stodgy food and make sure they get plenty exercise and stimulation. Pittas lie somewhere in between the two but still need to watch what they eat and how they exercise or they too can become out of balance.

Those who eat the wrong sorts of foods and lead inappropriate lifestyles will find that they eventually succumb to illness and dis-ease. However, by realising we are out of balance, and by taking steps to correct our lifestyles, we can regain good health and prevent illness. So, is it possible that a system that was developed so long ago in the East, can really offer an alternative to the sophisticated drugs and health care of the West?

Of course, the answer is a resounding “yes”. More and more we are coming to realise that the ancient philosophies were tried and tested and have stood the test of time. Treatments practised by the Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks many centuries ago are now proved to be the basis of current thinking in fighting dis-ease in our society.

Not just the use of natural herbs and plants, but a whole manner of how we live our lives is important to our wellbeing. By using lifestyles that have been developed over thousands of years, we are able to take control of our life and health.

ayurvedic massage
Apart from diet and lifestyle, further help in maintaining balance is given by means of massage,
and this is beneficial even as a “one off” as an experience.

Purvakarma
The purpose of the massage treatment is to prepare the body for Panchakarma - the ultimate detoxification process. It takes two forms.

Svedana is a sweat therapy using steam bath and sauna to rid the body of impurities, using a blend of herbs. Apart from elimination of wastes it also warms up the muscles and improves skin texture.
Snehana is oil therapy mixed with herbs blended to your particular dosha to enhance or depress certain imbalances, and massaged into the skin. It is this treatment that is carried out here.
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