Welcome to Ayurvedic
Wellness with Melanie
AYURVEDA (eye-your-vay-dah), science of life, is over 5,000 years old, and is often called Yoga’s sister science. It’s a holistic system that addresses the whole person physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In this way a person’s state of body, mind and spirit are assessed. To design an individualized treatment plan a person’s current conditions, lifetime history, past and current tendencies are looked at (along with pulse diagnosis and a detailed discussion). In this way we don’t just treat symptoms, but instead we bring the body back into balance and from there it can continue to heal.
People seek out ayurveda for many reasons. Some are attracted to Ayurveda because they want to better understand themselves and some come for specific ailments. We want better digestion, we want to eat better, we want more energy, we want to feel our best or have better overall health and Ayurveda provides that. Those with 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 or dis-eases can be addressed through the Ayurveda path back to health. Often people have tried other medical care or other healing modalities and then come to Ayurveda when the other therapies didn’t help them. But Ayurvedic medicine is also complimentary to existing treatment plans and paths.
Although originally from India, many healing modalities derived from ayurveda. Hundreds of years ago it influenced the beginning of procedures that are part of modern medicine. There are three Great Ayurvedic texts that influenced 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 ayurvedic bodywork threrapy, is similar to acupressure, later spread to other parts of Asia and became what we know as acupunture today a topic that's has some debate. There is an art of ayurvedic acupuncture that's been lost along the way and utilizes the knowledge of marma points.
This ancient science utilizes the wisdom of many paths all under the one umbrella of Ayurveda: the elemental theory to heal, food choices for body type, seasonal living, daily activities for balance, digestive strengthening, stress reduction, yoga, mediation, pranayama, massage, gem therapy, color therapy, aromatherapy.....
In Ayurveda we treat each patient individually and meet you where you are. Ayurveda offers a process of educating, self-awareness, self-knowledge and healing from the root cause of symptoms. In this way healing organically unfolds and when it's from this deeper layer, from our deepest inner digestive layers, it radiates out to the periphery.
By focusing on an individual’s unique needs through food and daily activities the body can find it's way back into complete health. Through the observation of nature’s cycles we can begin to mimic those rhythms and when we do and eventually become in sync with nature, riding the waves of the seasons, deep healing can occur almost spontaneously. I've seen this first hand and it's miraculous. It takes a willingness and readiness to heal.
A note on 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, tendencies, and habits of an individual.
Ayurveda says 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 individual. By treating each person uniquely and gracefully with simple yet powerful tools it will support them and guide them to wellness.
Mantra for Healing
Om bhur bhuva svaha
Tat savitur varenym
Bargo devasya dimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat