Welcome to Ayurvedic Wellness with Melanie
AYURVEDA (eye-your-vay-dah), science of life, is over 5,000 years old, and has been called Yoga’s sister science. It’s a holistic system that addresses the whole person physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, that is body, mind and spirit and both past and present. To design an individualized treatment plan a person’s current conditions, lifetime history, and past and current tendencies are assessed (along with pulse diagnosis). In this way we don’t just treat symptoms but we bring the body into balance and from there it can continue to heal and find complete health.
People seek out ayurveda for many reasons. Some come to ayurveda because they want to better understand themselves, or have better digestion, eat better, have better overall health, or some come for specific ailments like allergies, asthma, sinus problems, skin conditions, weight management, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, ulcers, acid indigestion, gastritis, other digestive ailments, auto immune disorders, arthritis, reproductive problems, and so many other diseases. Sometimes people have tried other medical care or other healing modalities and come to ayurveda after doing so and others come to ayurveda after hearing of it's healing capabilities.
Wherever you are on your path of wellness, ayurveda treats each patient individually and treats the body's constitutional imbalances as well as symptoms and overall wellness. Educating, awareness, and healing from the root of symptoms, healing from the digestive layers and out from there then healing can organically unfold.
Although originally from India, many healing modalities were derived from ayurveda and hundreds of years ago it influenced the beginning of procedures that are part of modern medicine. (There are three Great Ayurvedic texts that influenced future medicine: Charaka Samhita (contains poetic prose of internal medicine), Sushruta Samhita (ayurvedic surgery), and Ashtanga Hridayam (physiology of the body and treatments). Furthermore marma therapy, a bodywork threrapy in ayurveda, is similar to acupressure, later spread to other parts of Asia and became what we know of acupunture today.
In ayurveda we focus on an individual’s unique needs regarding food and daily activities to bring the body into complete health. When we work to balance our life style to be more in sync with nature, deep healing can occur almost spontaneously.
Ayurveda and the elemental theory: All existence is made up of five elements and these elements have qualities that occur differently in each individual. The human body has three main body types called doshas (see dosha section for more info): Vata (made up of the qualities of air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). These doshas determine the personality of an individual and their tendencies and habits on many levels. Ayurveda says that there are as many doshic mixes and as many possible imbalances as there are people. So while Ayurveda is a science of life, it is also a science for each patient, treating each person as unique.
Mantra for Healing
Om bhur bhuva svaha
Tat savitur varenym
Bargo devasya dimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat