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.

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

Balance Your Hormones – Recent Video Blog

Balancing your hormones is essential to maintain a healthy, happy you.

Watch my video blog to find out more and please do share with friends and family who may be experiencing  stress, anxiety and/or depression.   Hormone imbalance affects everyone both men and women and   Ashishveda can help identify hormonal imbalances and help you to naturally restore your life to focus on healthier living.

Contact me in total confidence to find out more.

Beat the common cold with immune-boosting Ayurvedic support

In the heart of winter opportunistic colds and infections create painful sinuses and discomfort. Ayurvedic medicine provides natural ways to keep the common cold away. Aryuvedic cold remedies have been used for thousands of years and provide all-natural alternatives to filling your body with caffeine and other unhealthy stimulants. When you feel a sore throat or blocked sinuses coming on, try these natural remedies.

A warming, natural tea

The foods you eat have a potent effect on the three life energies or doshas – kapha, vata and pitta. The watery kapha dosha is associated with dampness and health complaints such as excessive mucous. Try drinking a warm mug of hot water steeped with natural ginger root, a slice of fresh lemon and a dash of turmeric each morning. The spiciness that is a property of pitta counteracts the excess of kapha that is associated with colds. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic, and ginger has excellent antibacterial properties.

A sinus-clearing warm oil treatment

Nasya is an Ayurvedic treatment that entails the application of natural, warm medicated oil to the nasal passage. This helps to lubricate the sinuses and keep them from getting dry. If you have been using a saline spray for sinusitis, it is especially important to lubricate your sinuses again to avoid irritation and discomfort

Natural Ayurvedic health supplements

Warming, naturally antibacterial foods are effective as a preventative measure against colds and flu. But a little extra support is often helpful. Natural nasal drops containing extracts of healing herbs and plants can be taken to alleviate congestion, while anti-inflammatory powders such as Trikatu powder can be taken with honey to ease discomfort. If you are unsure what natural Ayurvedic treatment to take, consult with your practitioner for advice.

Colds are a niggling cause of discomfort and can worsen if left untreated. So stay healthy and boost your immune system naturally with Ayurveda during the colder winter months.  Contact me for more details.

 

Three Ayurvedic Rules for Coffee Drinkers

In Ayurvedic practice, the three doshas – the primary life energies that make up body and mind – must be balanced for true health and harmony. Of the many things that aggravate or ease doshas, the foods we eat and beverages we drink can have profound effects. Many of us feel like we can’t even function without a daily cup of coffee, but it is important to know whether coffee will aid or hinder your health and mental clarity. Here are three rules for coffee drinkers from Ayurveda:

  • Have a cuppa if you’re kapha -The kapha dosha, associated with earthy solidity, responds well to coffee which has a mild diuretic effect. Signs of excess kapha include fluid retention and feeling low on motivation or foggy-headed. A good cup of quality coffee can help even the most lethargic kapha find the energy boost necessary to stay
  • Be moderate or avoid coffee if pitta or vata dominate, it is important to be more careful with your coffee intake than a primarily kapha person needs to be if your pitta or vata doshas tend towards excess. Vata types often suffer from digestive problems such as constipation. The diuretic effect of coffee reduces fluid in the body more, and thus can aggravate this health complaint. As for pitta, the heating effect of coffee and its bitterness can cause more pitta to build up and can worsen problems such as acid reflux.

 

  • Balance coffee intake with an Ayurvedic morning routine even if you can’t resist having an early morning cup of coffee, you can at least adopt an Ayurvedic morning routine that will compensate for any minor adverse effects. Drink a cup of hot water with the juice of one lemon each morning if possible. This alkalizes the body and helps to counteract the acidifying effect of coffee. Also eat a grounding breakfast that will counteract the tendency of coffee to make your mind race.

 

Coffee can be hard to resist, especially if you work in an office culture where a cup of stimulating coffee is always nearby. Know your dosha and use the three Ayurvedic rules for coffee drinkers and you should be able to keep enjoying this invigorating beverage.

Eight Ayurvedic Tips for Finding Mental Calm

One of the foundational principles of Ayurveda is finding or restoring balance. It is easy to spiral into a state of high stress when overwhelmed by personal or professional challenges. Practicing Ayurvedic methods for relaxing and reducing stress should become part of your daily routine if you want to find calm and build the energy reserves you need for overcoming every obstacle.

Here are eight Ayurvedic tips for finding mental calm and balance:

Follow an Ayurvedic diet.  In Ayurveda, there are three primary energies or doshas that make up each person’s mind and body. The vata dosha, the element of air and movement, is thought to contribute to having a restless mind and a nervous temperament when it is in excess. Grains that balance vata include brown rice and oats, while vegetables including okra, carrots, beets and green beans are also recommended.

Use Ayurvedic therapies.  Ayurvedic tradition prescribes a number of treatments for easing physical as well as mental discomfort. These include hot oil treatments that use herbal infusions to rebalance the doshas. Speak to your practitioner about which massage or other treatment will be best for you, according to your dosha combination.

Take Ayurvedic Supplements.  Besides having a soothing massage, you can take Ayurvedic herbal supplements that combine all of the best natural ingredients for relieving an over-active, anxious and stressed mind. Make sure that your supplements are obtained from a knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner. This will ensure purity and effectiveness

Learn a calming breathing technique.  The breath is seen as especially important in Ayurveda. How we breathe directly affects our emotional and mental state. One of the first signs of elevated stress is shallow breathing. Learning a deep-breathing technique will help you use the most basic tool you have, your body, to find mental balance.

Practice Abhyanga (Self-massage).  It is best to obtain massage from an experienced Ayurvedic professional who can provide a full, balancing therapy, but you can start each day in a balanced frame of mind by practicing Ayurvedic self-massage techniques.

Meditate. Mindfulness is central to the Ayurvedic tradition. Being focused on the present moment helps to reduce anxiety about the future. Meditation entails reaching a state of purified consciousness that makes banishing stress-causing thoughts easier.

Join a yoga class. The ancient movement form of yoga has long been practiced as a means for finding and maintaining mental balance. The added health benefits of keeping your body supple and your breathing and posture optimal make doing yoga all the more rewarding.

Improve your quality of sleep.  Besides helping to balance the doshas, following an Ayurvedic diet and undergoing Ayurvedic therapies will help to increase your relaxation and quality of sleep. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. This helps to keep doshas balanced and gives you optimum energy.

Take our Dosha Quiz.  Contact me for your copy or more information on attending one of our courses.

 

Your Consultation

We want you to feel relaxed throughout your treatment so it might help you to know what to expect.

Ashishveda is a clinic run by Dr Ashish Paul, a fully qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner (BAMS- Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) and a Medical Herbalist (MSc Herbal Medicine). Dr Ashish’s aim is to bring awareness to the holistic benefits that people can enjoy working with the natural rhythm of the body, treating the cause of a problem and therefore less adverse effects.

You can book an individual back, leg, full body or Indian head massage, whenever you need to relax or rejuvenate. We recommend talking to Dr Ashish about a regular plan, tailored to your lifestyle, including regular visits who will remain faithful to centuries-old, authentic Ayurveda principles.

Your first consultation will include questions about your lifestyle, medical history and health concerns as well as a physical examination. The consultation can take up to 30 minutes and takes place either by telephone call or via Skype.

Your prescribed treatments

Depending on your condition, your treatment might consist of a series of weekly massages with specially prepared essential oils or powders, calming oil-flow, luxury oil baths and/or saunas, together with dietary advice including not just what to eat but when to eat, as well as herbal preparations or medicines to take home.

Spring-Cleaning – The Ashishveda Way

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Many of us embrace new habits at this time of year that put our homes and lives in order. We formally say farewell to winter with the very best intentions and welcome with open arms the warmer inspirational season of Spring.
If you are like me, you also tend to spring clean your body as the weather gets nicer, increase your exercise, eat healthier and dare I say it detox which can most definitely be  revitalising.  However we need to aim to maintain these habits rather than have a good month or two!  This will also improve the health of your body, mind and spirit in general and set you up for a much healthier lifestyle.
We offer many different treatments and dietary advice but nothing is more important than this detoxification for spring.  Our body is naturally cleansing or detoxifying itself constantly anyway but the two seasons which are best to regain balance in our body, mind and spirit are Spring and Autumn.
We are focussing on Spring this month which is a season of new growth after wintertime. Spring brings life to the whole universe and with spring all those winter blues fall away. Spring increases pitta (warmth in our bodies), thus we see many heat related issues such as allergies, hay fever, colds/ flu etc generally increasing in this period.
Our immune system will show acute reactions more in the spring season.
Spring is also the season of fertility, the perfect time of year for blossoming;   Ashishveda  recommends Panchakarma (meaning five actions) which is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health and can help the body completely cleanse,  detoxify and restore balance.
We are offering a two week intense Panchakarma health rejuvenation package or a one week ayurvedic daal/khichadi detox throughout the month of March.  Book now and you will receive a 10% discount to get the new you started.