with Laura Hancock
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient science, grounded in the Vedic scriptures, dating back to 3000 BC. It literally means “life knowledge” and is considered to be yoga’s sister science.
Ayurveda teaches us that we are all made up of the same dynamic elements that compose the universe: Air, Water, Ether, Earth and Fire. These elements are divided into three fundamental concepts or doshas:
1. Vata (air + ether)
2. Pitta (fire + water)
3. Kapha (earth + water)
At conception our unique Prakruti, or “first creation” is determined. This is our unchanging constitution usually composed of one predominant dosha, and a secondary dosha (e.g. Pitta-Kapha). Very rarely, an individual will be born with an evenly proportioned Vata-Pitta-Kapha balance.
Throughout life there is a constant, and often turbulent, interaction between our internal nature and our external environment creating a fluctuation, or imbalance, to our doshic composition, otherwise known as Vikruti.
The tri-dosha governs the creation, maintenance and destruction of bodily tissues and the elimination of waste products. It is also responsible for psychological phenomena, including such emotions as fear, anger and greed; and for the highest order of human emotions such as understanding, compassion and love.
When an individual is able to maintain a state that is as close to their natural constitution as possible, it is believed that they will be living to their highest potential, in terms of health and overall happiness. When imbalances occur and are sustained for prolonged periods of time they become susceptible to illnesses and disease.
Ayurveda is a system of self-healing, which stems from self-knowledge. A fundamental step to achieving one’s potential is to understand their natural constitution, their current imbalances, and then to work with love and care towards balance.
What is an Ayurvedic Massage with Laura like?
An Ayurvedic Massage begins with a short consultation in which the individual’s doshic imbalance (Vikruti) is determined. Base and therapeutic oils are then selected according to the client’s particular needs. During the massage, pressure is placed on the specific marma (vital) points located throughout the body. This acts to balance the three body humors – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Some treatments also incorporate the use of Pinda Sweda (heated packs of rice and herbs) and chakra-balancing techniques. These unique methods help to cleanse, rejuvenate, strengthen and heal the body.
If you would like to book an appointment with Laura or would like to find out more information about having ayurvedic massage at Oxford Community Health Hub please contact Laura directly on 07532 030969 or email her through the contact form below.