Ayurveda for adults and children
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian philosophy guiding and inspiring us in the ‘art of living wisely.’ In simple terms, Ayurveda is a holistic system which guides us so that we can live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. It recognizes that we are all unique and focuses on food, lifestyle, massage, yoga and herbal remedies to suit our individual make-up.
The wisdom of Ayurveda encourages us to take responsibility for our own health according to the different stages of our lives, the seasons, and the environment we live, work and play in. These factors all have a big impact on our health and it makes sense to adapt our lifestyle accordingly so we can continue to live in harmony with our body and stay in optimum health.
Ayurveda is the art of living in harmony with the laws of nature and encompass the entire life of the individual. The aims of this science are to maintain the health of a healthy person and to heal the disease of an unhealthy person. Both maintenance and healing are carried out entirely by natural means.
The goal of the procedures is to balance the three subtle element influences of air and space, fire and water, and earth and water. These subtle elements govern physiological functions and influence psychological states. These element influences are also described as the body’s three fundamental energies, called doshas, the mind-body constitution called prakruti in Sanskrit.
What are “Dosha”?
Also known as the body-mind types, Ayurveda uses the dosha to advise and inform the best way to live your life wisely.
Health is a perfect balance of the three doshas and an equal balance of body, mind and soul or consciousness. Most individuals, however, have one of two doshas predominant and characteristics in all three categories.
Typically, each dosha type is made up from the following characteristics:
- Vata – air and space types tend to be visionary, imaginative & full of creative energy. They can also be forgetful, spaced out, anxious & uptight. Vata problems relate to erratic digestion, bloating, anxiety or joint disorders.
- Pitta – fire and water types are confident, passionate leaders, organised & perfectionists but excess pitta can make them fiery, snappy & irritable. Pitta people have a tendency to suffer from skin irritations, overheating, heartburn & ulcers.
- Kapha – earth and water types tend to be loyal, kind-hearted, calm and full of love, but a kapha overload can make them lethargic, lacking in energy and a little overindulgent. Kapha types are prone to congestion, excess weight and sluggish digestion.
Shiro-Abhyanga (Indian Head Massage)
This incredible hair and scalp treatment is performed with scented herbal oil to nourish the hair, relax the mind and to release tension in the head, neck and upper back area. In addition, it has an overall effect on the whole body as it acts straight on the central nervous system liberating from many stress related conditions like headaches. A selection of marma points, are manipulated to direct the flow of energy in a correct and balanced way thus enabling the release of pain and tension.
Abhyanga (full body massage)
Suitable for children
Abhyanga, massage with Ayurvedic oils, is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by Ayurvedic healing system for overall health and well-being.
Give yourself a full body oil massage on a daily basis. It is nourishing, pacifies Vata and Kapha, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep, enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body.
Here are some of the benefits that can be expected from regular daily Abhyanga:
- Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
- Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
- Calming for the nerves
- Lubrication of the joints
- Increased mental alertness
- Improved elimination of impurities from the body
- Softer, smoother skin
- Increased levels of stamina through the day
- Better, deeper sleep at night
Padabhyanga (feet massage)
Padabhyanga foot massage stimulates every organ of the body, and in particular a woman’s womb and reproductive organs.
It increases ojas (energy produced through disciplined practice) and promotes a feeling of deep relaxation, including a feeling of total wellness in the body’s entire system. Massaging the feet, considered together to be one of the five “organs of action” in Ayurveda, relieves insomnia, nervousness and dryness in that area.
It also energizes the womb, reproductive organs, belly, pelvis and colon as well as improves overall circulation and fertility. From the Ayvurveda perspective, the best way to heal impairments of the womb is to lovingly care for the feet. Feet are considered the wings of the womb.
About Eva Kozacikova
I trained as an Ayurvedic massage therapist with IVAC (Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre)in Mysore (India) and have practiced and studied Panchakarma at the Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre in Kerala with Dr Jayagovinda Ukkinadka. I first trained in Massage therapy (May 2003) in Slovakia and since then I have completed several other courses in Slovakia, Czech republic, Thailand and India. I am now qualified in Classical sports and deep tissue massage, Lymphatic drainage Massage, Foot reflexology, Hot stones massage, Chinese regeneration massage, Thai yoga massage, and personal Kinesiology.
I have worked in Natural Spas in Slovakia and also had private clients.
Beside this I practice yoga and have done several courses of Vipassana silent meditation retreats, and other types of meditations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
My other passion is children. I have worked with children and different families for around 8 years now. I am NVQ 3 Qualified child care practitioner and teach yoga to children under the guidance of my guru Vijay Hondarabalu Raje with whom I have taught yoga to children at different schools in India.
I have practiced Ayurveda in the Ayurvedic hospital and research center in Kerala, where I did several panchakarma (detox) therapies and also practiced Nasya karma and massage therapies on children (with ADHD) under the guidance of Dr Jayagoivinda Ukkinadka.
I believe that to lead a happy, joyful life we have to have an holistic approach to our life and try to put in all ingredients to make it perfectly balanced. To make it all happen the best way is to reconnect with our physical, mental and spiritual bodies and in this way, lead our life in more harmonious way.
I also teach Children’s Yoga at Anahata. Visit my teacher profile page to find out more.
First Consultation is FREE
Shiroabhyanga/Indian head massage: 1hr, £40
Padabhyanga/feet massage: 1hr, £40
Abhyanga/full body massage (adults): 1 hr, £50
BeWell members on Thursdays
Ayurvedic head massage: £30
Ayurvedic foot massage: £30