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.


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.

Staying well with Ayurveda

Winter is the time when we are most susceptible to common colds and flu, but Ayurvedic medicine provides many ways to safeguard yourself and maintain winter wellness. From adjusting your diet seasonally to taking medicated ghee treatments, you can stay healthy this winter naturally.

3 ways to ward of winter complaints with Ayurveda

The winter season is closely associated with the kapha dosha (one of the three elementary life energies that make up our minds and bodies). Kapha is associated with coolness, heaviness and lethargy. Treatments and foods that abate kapha and bring the doshas into balance will help you to stay healthy this winter. Here are three ways to protect yourself from winter complaints with Ayurveda:

  1. Take medicated ghee treatments

The purity of ghee and the lubrication it provides make it excellent as both a food item and a topical salve during winter. Nasya treatments that are administered nasally can help to keep sinuses lubricated and prevent painful cracking where skin is dry from the cold. Ghee itself contains phenolic antioxidants which boost your immune system. Make sure you stock up this winter on plain, non-medicated ghee too.

  1. Adjust your diet for winter

In winter, when the cold kapha and windy vata doshas are dominant, warming, spicy foods such as chilli can help to keep you in better health. Spices such as cumin and cinnamon are warming, so have a mug of warm spiced chai instead of your usual tea to reap the full benefits. A warming, Ayurvedic winter diet will make sure that your immune system stays strong and ready to tackle common winter ailments.

  1. Book an oil massage

In addition to internal applications of ghee, try an oil massage this winter. Ayurvedic massages using medicated oils help to release tension and toxins. Being stressed makes you more prone to common winter maladies, so take the necessary steps to have a stress free, healthy winter.

Keeping dosed on important vitamins will help to keep your immune system functioning optimally this winter. Natural Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle changes, however, can create the true balance that underlies sturdy health.

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


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.

Ayurvedic nutrition: The 5 health benefits of ginger

Following an Ayurvedic diet is one of the most important means for balancing the primary life energies or doshas and creating wellness. The mind-body imbalance that can result when one or more doshas are lacking or in excess can cause or aggravate medical issues. Yet choosing the foods you eat carefully, according to Ayurvedic nutritional principles, can restore balance. Ginger, the pungent root used to season many south Asian dishes, is sometimes called nature’s ‘medicine chest’. Here are 5 reasons for ginger’s medicinal reputation:

  1. Ginger is cleansing.  The build-up of toxins in the body leads to health problems. Ginger helps to cleanse toxins and is also a potent alkalizer.
  2. Ginger helps to thin the bloodIf you are at risk for cardiovascular disease and blood clots, adding ginger to your diet will help as it contains compounds that inhibit the enzymes in the blood that cause clotting.
  3. Ginger is balancing for kapha types.  If your primary dosha is kapha, ginger is particularly useful for balancing your doshas. Kapha- type systems benefit from pungent, warm spices. An excess of kapha can aggravate kapha-associated health problems such as weight gain and sinusitis caused by having too much mucous.
  4. Ginger pacifies vata.  Vata, the dosha associated with movement and air, is closely linked to digestion. Vata types are prone to digestion-related ailments such as bloating and constipation. Ginger helps to pacify vata and keep this dosha in balance. Drinking a cup of fresh ginger tea before eating a meal aids digestion and provides additional health benefits.
  5. Ginger eases nausea.  Ginger is also taken as a natural remedy against nausea. It is thus often recommended to counteract motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea stemming from primary medical treatments such as chemotherapy.

These are just some of the ways this aromatic root can help you find better health and balance. To make a quick health tonic, simply place a few slices of fresh ginger in a mug, add just-boiled water, and leave to stand until the tonic is at drinking temperature.