The oldest healing science
Ayurveda medicine is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science.
In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.
The basic difference between Ayurveda and Western allopathic medicine is important to understand. Western allopathic medicine currently tends to focus on symptomatology and disease, and primarily uses drugs and surgery to rid the body of pathogens or diseased tissue. Many lives have been saved by this approach. In fact, surgery is encompassed by Ayurveda. Ayurveda does not focus on disease. Rather, Ayurveda maintains that all life must be supported by energy in balance. When there is minimal stress and the flow of energy within a person is balanced, the body’s natural defense systems will be strong and can more easily defend against disease.
In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together, which are three Sanskrit words to describe the constitutional uniqueness of every living being (as well as the environment, time, and all other aspects of sentience).
An Ayurvedic consultation includes an in-depth analysis of your birth constitution, your current constitution and determines the path to help find your way home to your best self. Treatment recommendations include diet, lifestyle, training for mental discipline, palliation and/or cleansing depending on the strength of the individual.
- Abhiyanga: 60 or 90 minute full body oil massage. Different than the traditional Swedish massage which ‘works out a muscle knot’, long strokes over long bones with rotational massage over joints works therapeutic oils into your skin from head to toes with the goal being of reconnecting the communication lines of your nervous system. This can be beneficial for sleep, relaxation and deep restoration.
- Shirodhara: 30 minute add-on treatment to abhiyanga consisting of a warm stream of oil being poured steadily onto the forehead letting the oil run over your head, the site of so much nervous system activity. This can put you into a state of consciousness called turiya, in which your conscious mind can step back and your subconscious can ‘defragment the computer’, meaning reset thinking, feeling and functional patterns to resolve trauma and immune confusion.
- Basti: 30 minute add-on treatment to abhiyanga consists of a dough moat being built over a part of the body that deserves focused attention and is then filled with warm ghee. This may be over each eye, the heart, a painful or vulnerable low back or adrenal area, or the abdomen.
- Reiki: This traditional Japanese energy therapy is conducted with clothing on and light or no touch. It may include tuning forks and other very light treatment to initiate a healing relationship between you and your body and can be a perfect way to gently establish a connection with a body that hurts or has been unpleasant to live within over time.
- Prenatal and postnatal massage
This nasal treatment with oil can be clarifying to the sinuses and can be added to any other treatment at no charge per practitioner recommendation and client choice.
This is the deep dive, traditional, ancient and original detoxification program from Ayurveda. It is the only way to ‘hit the reset button’ for one’s health and spans 5 intensive days of treatment, 3+ hours each day and may include abiyanga, shirodhara, basti, steam and/or nasya therapy. The week is book-ended by home detox procedures and consultation by our practitioners. Used traditionally and in modern times to address complex, chronic disease as well as anti-aging and as restorative and regenerative medicine, panchakarma is the royal treatment for your health. We recommend panchakarma in the clinic setting for yearly or seasonal maintenance and anti-aging as well as for its unique capacity to address complex and chronic disease including chronic pain syndromes. Come experience a single day of rejuvenation as a way to consider the full program.
Ayurvedic nutritional guidance and counseling