AYURVEDA, introduced to this country by Dr. Deepak Chopra M.D. and Ayurvedic Practitioner, is the ancient Indian healing art that is over 5,000 years old and the foundation of the traditional 2,000 year old Chinese medicine system.
This ancient style of Eastern Medicine and its principles
are based on healing the body naturally by treating the body,
mind and spirit as a whole. This is done with diagnosing the
individual's body type and then balancing all the senses according
to that specific body type using taste (food therapy), smell
(aromatherapy), sound (music therapy) and touch (massage therapies).
According to Ayurveda, each of us inherits a unique
mix of three mind/body principles which creates our specific mental and physical
characteristics. These three principles are called doshas. Most of us have one
or two doshas which are most lively in our nature, with the remaining one(s)
For each body type there are specific smells, tastes, sounds and intensities of touch that bring it into or out of balance, as well as each body type ruling an organ or system within the body.
For example the
Vata body type is balanced with warm and moist tastes of sweet, sour and salty
and is put out of balance with cold and dry, bitter, pungent and astringent
tasting foods, where as the Kapha body type is brought into balance with warm
and dry, bitter, pungent and astringent and put out of balance with cold and
moist, sweet and salty tastes. Pitta body type is brought into balance with
cool, bitter, sweet and astringent and put out of balance with warm, salty and
It is our individual body sensitivities that determines our well being. This explains how Western medicine cannot successfully treat everyone with the same disease using the same drugs and expect them to work equally for everyone.
The benefits of Ayurveda medicine are superior to any other practice because it treats the patient as an individual rather than one of the pack and because it is a natural almost innate approach to the healing process.
ABHYANGA is an oil massage that is used to unblock and balance the flow of prana (energy) to energy or marma points located in channels throughout the body while increasing overall health and vitality by stimulating organs and internal body systems.
This massage can be easily learned to perform (10 to 15 minutes),
on a daily morning basis for optimal health benefits. This is
especially helpful for a patient overcoming illness or other
more subtle imbalances.
The oil is applied from the head working down the entire body to the toes with soft (Vata), or strong (Pitta) pressure using long flowing strokes on the torso and limbs and circular strokes on the joints.
GHARSHAN is an oil free massage performed
from head to toe, using raw silk gloves rubbing rapidly over the dry skin to
create friction in order to promote increased circulation within the body and
to loosen toxins accumulated from undigested food (usually from overeating or
poor digestion). This is especially good for Kapha body types or persons overweight.
When done in combination with yoga regularly, it is useful for getting rid of
» Select the answer that most applies-- make sure to answer all the questions, and answer in order from top to bottom.
Add all columns in the appropriate boxes. Which ever Score is highest is your most dominant Dosha. If they are within one point then you have a double Dosha or if all three are within one point each you are Tri Dosha. (To take the test over hit your refresh button to clear your current answers.)
Select the type of Ayurveda massage and appropriate
oil for your scored Dosha and body type.
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