Preparing for Pregnancy Workshop – 25th February 2017

Preparing for Pregnancy –join me and Nikki Robinson for our first interactive workshop at Holisticare.   This event is suitable for everyone planning or currently trying to get pregnant.

Details are : Saturday, February 25th 10 am – 1 pm £20 per person or £38 per couple.  Sessions will be led by Nikki Robinson MCSP (specialist Myofascial Release Physiotherapist) and myself.

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We will teach you how to work with your body and mind to improve your health and help achieve your goal of becoming pregnant.  The workshop includes practical sessions and plenty of time for discussion and questions. Refreshments provided.

Please call us on 01279 718331 to book your place.

 

What is Myofascial Release ?

Myofascial Release is a safe, gentle, hands-on treatment that works with your body to untangle the restrictions that cause pain, tension and inflammation. It was developed by an American Physiotherapist called John Barnes.

Everything that happens to us from the time we are conceived is recorded within our fascial network (the myofascia). This is a continuous web of fibres that holds our cells in place and connects them all to each other.

This 3D network gives you strength, flexibility and stability meaning that no part of the body exists in isolation. The myofascia solidifies and shortens in response to any kind of trauma, repetition of movement or ongoing poor posture. It will slowly tighten, spreading tension throughout your whole body.

There is a gloopy substance between the cells and fibres, called the ground substance. This reacts to physical and emotional stress and becomes more solid, preventing your body from being able to adapt to things and leading to symptoms and illness.

The ground substance is thixotropic, meaning that it becomes more fluid in response to warmth and pressure. During treatment, this comes from our hands and we use this reaction to feel where the restrictions are coming from and to gently release them.

As we never force our patients’ bodies, it is very safe and enables us to truly follow what they need, getting long-term results. It also allows us to work very deeply without pain, so most of our patients find it a very relaxing treatment.

Ashishveda Survival Kit!

During winter it gets difficult to maintain good health due to temperature, germs from everyone sneezing and let’s face it we all tend to become extra lazy and sloth like!  I love the imagery of winter – the shimmering snow, evenings cuddling in front of the fire, aaa aaa – bump – back to reality -often, it invites illness: flu, coughs, colds, and generally feeling run down. Here are a few tips and remedies to keep in your “Survival Kit” so that you can stay healthy all through the season.

It is essential to preserve a healthy diet and lifestyle during cold weather and here at Ashishveda we recommend the following traditional methods to keep you in good health even during winter.

  • Ensure Vitamin C is prevalent in your diet at all times it supports tissue development, is a natural anti-inflammatory and supports the immune system.
  • Blend Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary, add 1-2 drops on the bottom of each foot, or in a spray bottle, ( spray around you and your house). This is especially good for children going to school or nursery.

Tips for keeping to a healthy you

  • Reduce portion sizes to half
  • Eat more at lunch time
  • Recipe Urad Daal Pancakes (contains Protein is suitable for vegans and is gluten free) download-9
  • one cup Urad Daal
  • season according to taste
  • ground cumin or ground cinnamon – add a pinch
  • lemon
  • Oil to fry

Method : Wash Daal thoroughly. Soak Urad Daal for 5 hours. Blend it till very fine liquid batter. Add either ground cumin or ground cinnamon.   Make pancakes in a heavy base pan. Be very gentle. Spread the batter carefully. Use oil all around the pancake so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Be gentle when turning it over to avoid breakages.

Add few drops of lemon juice or pink Himalayan salt, chocolate sauce or even maple syrup.  Eat it warm.  (you could also eat your favourite ice cream with it – yummy!).

Yoga for winter try Sarvangasana or Trikonasana images-2

 

How to help children concentrate using Ayurveda

Many children are naturally energetic, but when children are constantly unable to concentrate in school and other environments an imbalance often lies at the root. Educational  Childrens-Healthpsychologists are sometimes quick to reach for medication, but this can have unpleasant side-effects. Ashishveda offers gentler ways to help children who can’t concentrate. Here are 4 ways you can use Ayurvedic principles to assist your child:

Adjust your child’s diet

In Ayurvedic tradition, diet is extremely important. The primary life energies that affect the mind, the three doshas (kapha, pitta and vatta) can easily become imbalanced through improper diet. This imbalance has an adverse effect on bodily and mental health.

If your child can’t concentrate, it could be that their vatta is imbalanced. This dosha is the force of movement and an overactive mind might suggest vatta is in excess. Give your child vatta pacifying foods. Fill our dosha questionnaire or consult with Dr Ashish to find out what is in a vatta pacifying diet.

Favour warm, nourishing meals over light and insubstantial. This will help to ground and stabilise.

Give your child vetted herbal supplements  

There are several natural herbs that have been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners to promote mental calm and focus. Herbs such as Ashwagandha are known to help ease insomnia and anxiety. With the approval of your paediatrician, give your child a natural herbal supplement that will help them focus so that they can learn uninterrupted.

Teach your child concentration-building techniques

Children need to be taught many things, from learning to tie their own shoelaces to counting their times’ table. Techniques for coping with challenges should be taught just as importantly. Teach your child Ayurvedic techniques for calming the mind and building focus and concentration. If your child tends to be scattered, practice breathing exercises with them that they can practice whenever they need to. The increased oxygen intake will help your child stay mindfully alert.

Make sure your child gets enough exercise

If your child is too sedentary there is a lot of energy that isn’t being used up. This contributes to an overactive mind, so make sure that your child exercises frequently. An Ayurvedic movement practice such as yoga is calming and can be scaled to how fit your child is. Take your child to a yoga class for kids or else teach them a few simple exercises that will help them clear their mind and stay focused on any task or challenge.

If you are concerned about your child’s concentration, speak to Dr. Ashish about natural Ayurvedic solutions that will help your child focus and concentrate

 

5 Ayurvedic approaches to help children sleep soundly

Young children are often full of exuberant energy, but it can become disruptive when a child always fights off sleep or has bedtime tantrums. Ayurvedic approaches to help children sleep include natural ways to help children sleep better, resulting in fewer night-time disturbances. Here are 5 Ayurvedic sleep remedies suitable for children:

  1. Combat vata-related sleep imbalance

In Ayurvedic tradition, the three doshas are the elemental energies that affect mind and body. The vata dosha is associated with wind and movement, and excess vata is often at the root of sleep imbalance. Children whose minds run as they get ready for bed should eat foods that balance vata, including warm, cooked meals that avoid stimulants such as sugar.

  1. Combat pitta-related sleep disturbance

A child who wakes in the small hours and can’t get back to sleep might have a pitta-related imbalance. The fiery pitta dosha is aggravated by stimulation and heat-generating foods. Give your child more food (but keep the amount within a reasonable range due to natural sugars). Also, adopt a pitta-pacifying lifestyle. This means making sure your child is in bed and asleep before 10:00 p.m.

  1. Combat kapha-related excess sleep

Older children sometimes are hard to wake for school and seem tired no matter how much they sleep. This can be the result of excess kapha, which causes a slow and sluggish disposition. Heavy, cold foods (such as cold custard) can aggravate Kapha, so it’s best to give a child who needs excessive sleep lighter (though still substantial), warmer foods. It’s also important to make sure the child who has a kapha imbalance gets plenty of exercise.

  1. Avoid stimulants in general

Stimulants such as caffeine and sugar affect adults, creating a buzz of energy. Picture how much more excess energy is created in young bodies. Avoid giving your child food containing added sugar and avoid sources of caffeine (even dark/bitter chocolate is quite high in caffeine). This will ensure your child feels sleepier earlier and isn’t bouncing off the walls at 11 p.m.

  1. Walk your child through guided relaxation

Young, active minds respond well to stories, so turn bedtime into a relaxing story time. Tell your child to imagine a scene and describe somewhere peaceful and beautiful and calm and create a hushed, sleepy atmosphere. If your child becomes wise to this approach, you can also give your child a natural, sleep-time tea such as chamomile (if your child won’t fuss about the taste).

The above five Ayurvedic approaches will help your child to enjoy better, deeper sleep so that you can enjoy bedtime too.  Contact Ashishveda now to get your life back.

 

 

Nasya – Herbally Infused Oil – ideal for congestion and sinus problems

View my latest video blog post on Nasya.  The administration of herbally infused oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress. Balancing for each Dosha  Vata, pitta, and Kapha, Nasya Oil is also traditionally said to improve quality of your voice, strengthen one’s vision and promote mental clarity.  Contact me for more information.

 

 

Fertility Massage (Abhyanga)

The Benefits of Fertility Massage

Check out my recent video post – an overview

  • Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Increases circulation to the digestive system thereby enhancing immune system
  • Promotes hormonal balance
  • Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood, tissues and scar tissue
  • Helps to reposition a tilted uterus

Knowing your Dosha

Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the energies that make up every individual, which perform different physiological functions in the body:

The 3 Dosha types:

1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.

  • In – There is creativity and vitality.
  • Out – Can produce fear and anxiety.

2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body’s temperature.

  • In – Leads to contentment and intelligence.
  • Out-: Can cause ulcers and anger.

3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

  • In – Expressed as love and forgiveness.
  • Out -: Can lead to insecurity and envy.

Find out your dosha here

Boost your Chi using Ghee

Ghee – pure, clarified butter that is an essential ingredient of Indian cuisine – is loved for its nutty taste and luxurious, melting texture. Yet it has more benefits than its taste and culinary versatility. It also has multiple health benefits, and is one of the few natural foods that can be consumed by people of all dosha types irrespective of their predominant type. In order to get the most out of ghee, it is important to either make your own or purchase ghee that is made from the purest ingredients.


The health benefits of ghee.

Ghee has been used for hundreds of years in Indian cooking. Its numerous health benefits are widely known amongst Ayurvedic practitioners. Chi, the life force that fills and nourishes the body and mind, is affected by imbalances in the doshas, and when this life force is weakest illness may develop. Eating ghee in moderation, as part of a balanced, Ayurvedic diet, helps to keep your chi stronger.

Health benefits of ghee include:

• Enhanced digestion
• Better food absorption
• Deep cellular detoxification
• Improved immune function
• Better skin condition

These are only some of ghee’s beneficial properties.

How do I get/make ghee?

Ghee is butter from which all the milk protein has been removed, leaving only pure fat with no impurities. As such, it is important to use high quality dairy products to start with. To make ghee, unsalted butter is melted at low temperatures and boiled until all water has evaporated nd milk solids have separated out. The fat is strained and kept and the milk solids are discarded.

While it is possible to make high quality ghee at home, it is all too easy to scorch the melted butter accidentally. This will make your ghee unusable and can be an expensive mistake. Working with hot ghee is also a hazard for burns. If you prefer not to make ghee yourself, you can purchase pure ghee that offers the full range of health benefits from expert Ayurveda practitioner, Dr Ashish Paul. Dr Paul uses only the finest ingredients to ensure optimal health benefits.