“We do not see things as they are. You see them as you are. When you look, you see reflections of your being. When you listen, you hear echoes of yourself. If you don’t like something about what you see and hear, no point in smashing the mirror, change who you are becoming.” – Anonymous.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term and literally means “self-knowledge”. It is one of the most ancient healing systems, considered to be yoga’s sister science and dates back to the Indian Vedic texts of 3,000 BC. Pushed underground through the era of British colonialism, Ayurveda has seen a recent rise and re-emergence in the Western World.
It teaches that we are all composite of the five fundamental elements of the Universe – air, ether, water, fire and earth. These are grouped into three doshas – or bodily humours – Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (earth and water), which have distinctive physical, emotional and psychological attributes. By understanding our own doshic constitutions – a unique combination of the three, often manifesting as a primary and secondary dosha, e.g. Pitta-Kapha, and how this interrelates and responds to the constantly fluctuating elements of our environment, we are able to reach a higher understanding of ourselves, and our nature. The science of Ayurveda empowers us to self-discover, and restore our own sense of inner peace and wellbeing.
Ayurvedic Massage Therapy
Ayurvedic Massage therapy is just one aspect of the holistic Ayurvedic system, and specialises in identifying and treating current doshic imbalances of the individual, otherwise known as Vikruti. A treatment will consist of a short consultation in which various areas of health and lifestyle are discussed, from sleep patterns and physical ailments, to energy levels and emotional state. In recognising the aggravated dosha specific base and therapeuticoils are selected, warmed and applied to the skin. Pressure is placed on specific marma (vital) points throughout the body, in combination with chakra balancing techniques. These methods act to calm the mind and rebalance the aggravated dosha helping to cleanse, regenerate and strengthen the body.
Clients often feel a great sense of inner-peace and nurturing and here are some of the specific ailments successfully treated by Ayurvedic massage:
Vata Disorders – insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks, lower back pain, sciatica, fatigue
Pitta Disorders – stress/anger, hot flushes, skin disorders, hormonal imbalances
Kapha Disorders – weight gain, water retention, lethargy, lack of motivation, excessive sleep
“After trying various other forms of massage: Swedish, aromatherapy and deep tissue, I have to say nothing else compares with Laura’s treatments! I have to say I feel much lighter and happier since undergoing my course of massages. I think about my dosha (Pitta) pretty much every day now, and I am able to recognise when external influences affect my mood, and when I can make my environment better. Plus my skin is super clear now, and my legs are much more toned! Everyone needs a masseuse like Laura….” – Sarah, Abingdon
“I have benefited from massage for many years now and heard about Laura and Ayurveda through a friend who is also a massage fan – she told me ‘it’s the best massage I have every had’ – I had to try, and she is so right. It feels healing and nurturing and takes me to a place of deep peace, relaxation and aliveness on every occasion.” – Ruth, Oxford