What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest healing systems. It is based the principle that each person has an individual metabolic system which, when out of balance, leaves us susceptible to poor digestion, tiredness, low mood, and eventually ill health. Ayurveda seeks to restore our natural balance through adjustment to eating habits, food choices and general lifestyle routines in order to optimise physical and mental well-being.
A personalised approach:
Ayurveda considers the effects of foods and activities on the specific individual, so can be very precise and therefore effective.
The ayurvedic therapist will make specific recommendations about which types of foods are likely to disrupt your system and therefore should be avoided, and which will support your system and should be favoured. Equal importance is placed on eating habits as well as exercise, relaxation and the impact of the seasons.
A natural system:
As society develops technologically, there tends to be a shift away from nature, and a loss of agency to make ourselves healthy and happy.
Ayurveda acknowledges that human beings are a part of, not separate to, nature. The fundamental principle is that we are all different and therefore, like plants, need different conditions to thrive. Guidance is taken from the rhythms of the day, seasons and lifespan in how we behave and what we take in as food and drink.
A cohesive system, Ayurveda gives us the tools to take control of our daily habits and to feel empowered by taking responsibility for our own health and well-being.
What to expect:
Your first session will last around 1 ½ hours where there will be an assessment of your metabolic constitution, body type, digestion, eating habits and typical meals. You will be given some simple recommendations to take away with you to start to incorporate into your daily life. There will be a follow-up session after a week or two with further, more detailed advice. A third session is usually required to check on progress and to refine the recommendations further.