Ayurvedic medicine is probably the oldest medical system in the world. It basically means the „science of life“. Although there is no written text of this medicine until 1500 BC, it is believed that it is well over 5000 years old and was passed down from teacher to student for many centuries.
Its main focus is on creating harmony within the body, to prevent illness and promote wellness. It believes that all life forms have a „dosha“. A dosha is a special blend of energies. There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A person’s dosha determines what eating habits, for instance which type of food to avoid and which ones to include in one’s diet. But that is not all. It also covers herbal supplementation, body detox, the treatment of certain mental or physical health conditions, yoga, meditation and advanced massage therapy.
The 3 doshas
In Ayurvedic medicine the philosophy talks about the five elements that combine to form three dynamic forces called doshas. Dosha means “that which changes.” The doshas are constantly moving in dynamic balance, one with the others. Vata is related to Air and Ether, Pitta to Fire and Water, and Kapha to Water and Earth. To find out which one of your dosha is the dominant one, go to the dosha quiz. Here you can also find out more about the Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, or the Kapha dosha.
Ayurvedic Massage uses essential oils specifically for your dosha type. The massage strokes vary but can include kneading, tapping or squeezing. Each massage is customed towards the need for balance and well-being.. The therapist therefore will ask different questions about your health. This will enable her to determine which essential oils and massage strokes best suit you. This massage is designed to detoxify and cleanse the body, boost the immune system and improve the overall well-being of those with a medical condition. This massage tends to get a bit oily. And it is best if you give yourself plenty of time afterwards.
The principle of Ayurveda isn’t only based on the beliefs that we can prevent certain diseases and make ailments go away, but that we learn to understand our body, therefore live a healthier life, a life full of harmony.