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Ayurveda, Acupuncture & Yoga in the East Bay
Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga, literally translates to the ‘knowledge of life’. This traditional system of healing emphasizes each person's uniqueness. By understanding one's unique constitution and imbalances, specific treatments are designed to ensure each person's optimal state of health and well-being.
Among the many treatments used to create balance are:
Ayurveda has presented a number of useful daily rituals that help cleanse and tonify the bodily and mental system so the stresses presented to us in the world have less influence over our health. These include, but are not limited to yoga, pranayama, and meditation.
Ayurvedic medicine understands that each of our sense organs are susceptible to influences that can cause disturbance. And, thus, each sense organ is treated to help balance any imbalance in the system. We use dosha specific essential oils to help change mood, clear sinuses, and also in massage oils to balance the constitution during Ayurvedic body therapies.
Ayurvedic massage, also known as Abhyanga, is unique to Ayurvedic medicine. Dosha specific oils are used to balance the constitution. Additionally, the massage itself balances the Vayus(different directions of energy) in the body. Abhyanga is great for all constitutions, but is most useful for Vata disorders such as anxiety, tics, Parkinson’s disease, heart palpitations, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, muscle tension, chronic fatigue, and for general tonification
The gut is where all illness starts according to Ayurveda. When we balance the gut, we balance the body and mind. Doshic, or constitutional, appropriate food plans are designed to begin the healing process.
Svedana is given following a warm oil massage with an exquisite herbal steam treatment that will leave you feeling clear, rejuvenated and deeply moisturized. Medicinal herbs such as lavender, chamomile, bay leaf, eucalyptus, rosemary and lemongrass help to clear the channels, relax the muscles and nurture the senses. This treatment aids in the elimination of toxins and is beneficial for stiffness, coughs, pain in the ears, neck or head, edema (swelling) and promotes deep relaxation.
This simple yet profound treatment works specifically on balancing and stabilizing the activity of the mind, taking you on a journey deep within. Good for mental and emotional balance, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, disorders of the nervous system, nervous exhaustion, stress and anxiety.
Herbs – herbs are often provided to help the body heal itself. These are optional, but can often profoundly increase the speed and depth of the healing process.
Meditation is used to help focus the mind, and heal the body.
Yoga is a complete system, translated as "to yoke" or "unite". As a daily practice, it provides a method to live harmoniously, healthfully, and with purpose. Individualized programs can also be designed per illness and/or constitution.