Fertility Massage (Abhyanga)

The Benefits of Fertility Massage

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  • 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

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.

 

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 Beach Body with Dr Ashish’s Ayurvedic Treatments

Whether you are jetting off to mediterranean climates or plan to enjoy the seaside at home, ayurvedic body treatments will give your skin a healthy glow by increasing circulation and providing your skin with nourishment after the harsh winter chill.

An all-body ayurvedic scrub using exfoliating ayurvedic body-conditioning materials will reinvigorate your skin. Many commercially-sold scrubs are full of synthetic ingredients that are not good for your skin or the environment. Ayurvedic herbal treatments provide natural beauty boosts that will leave you more radiant.

One of Dr Ashish’s all-body treatment packages, a herbal steam, will improve circulation and leave you feeling relaxed and ready for summer’s longer days. Herbal steams have long been used in Ayurveda, not only for relaxation but also to clear toxins from the body. A regular steaming session can help clear up acne, leaving skin brighter and more even in tone.

Another ayurvedic treatment that will get you ready for beach wear is the full body wrap. One of the many benefits of this treatment is that it helps to reduce cellulite. In addition to toning and tightening the skin, a body wrap will help to detoxify your body, leaving you with the boosted vitality and energy you need to get the most out of summer. Additional benefits of body wraps include alleviating muscle and joint pain and improving circulation.

Dr Ashish can perform these treatments individually, but if you would like to attain the best beach body possible you can enjoy all the above-mentioned treatments in a discounted bundle for £95.  Find out more hereanon

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.
 

What we do

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Our treatments here at Ashishveda generally are to aid in the following conditions

Restoring balance
Improving Holistic Healing
helping you to connect your body-mind-spirit
Boosting your immunity
reduction of already prevalent symptoms

we can’t emphasise enough when embarking on one of these treatments it is a Lifestyle change and needs full commitment from you to experience the full benefit.

Your treatment may include one or some of the following:

Herbs, vitamins, minerals
Dietary and Lifestyle advice
Ayurvedic Therapies & Massages
Panchakarma
Marmas (Ayurvedic pressure points)
Breathing exercises (Pranayama)
Yoga
Meditation
Ayurvedic Counselling

Recognising that we too as human beings are a huge part of nature, Ayurveda describes three essential energies that control our inner and outer surroundings: movement, conversion, and our make-up. Known as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the appearance of our mind and body

If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.

For each element, there is a balanced and imbalanced expression. For example When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing.

When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition.

When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.

An important objetive of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, and meditation to re-establish balance.

You will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire called a Dosha, when you arrive for your consultation which can help you and Dr Ashish determine which Ayurveda element is most present in your nature. You can complete the questionnaire here in advance of your consultation, if you’d like to. Please remember to answer as honestly as possible.

Ashishveda’s Mother’s Day Retreat Offer

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Before you do anything, scribble this date in your diary: Mother’s Day is Sunday, 15th March (here in the UK).

Are you struggling to decide what to get your lovely mum this year? if your mum is too difficult to buy for (flowers and a box chocolates on Mother’s Day are a cop out!), then this year, show your mum your appreciation and just how much you love her by giving her a gift you know she’ll love – the secret to a perfect gift is thoughtfulness remember and we have just the treat.

Ashishveda Micro Retreat Day £150 (Special offer for Mother’s day only *– normal price £250)
This day retreat involves a wide range of treatments and consultations for individuals, or couples (mother and daughter price of £280*)

A day of true relaxation and indulgence. The day will include;

  • A welcome drink on arrival
    Indian head massage
    Breathing & Meditation
    Shirodhara
    Ayurvedic Back Massage
    Ayurvedic Face Massage
    Complimentary Herbal Tea throughout the day and a light homemade Ayurvedic lunch will be included

It can be easy for busy mums to forget to treat themselves, so this mother’s day, treat her to something extra special.   The day can be booked  on a day of your choice throughout March – subject to availability and is going to be in Woodford Green.  Venue information will be confirmed at the time of your reservation.  To book and reserve a space please click here.

Another special offer from us, if you book your retreat package before 5th March 2015 then you too can experience the wisdom of Ayurveda and will be entitled to a FREE 30 minute ‘Diet & Lifestyle Consultation’!

Look out for other Ashishveda Ayurvedic Retreats coming available very soon: