Ayuverda – Doshas and Indian Head Massage

Why not spend some time looking into doshas and how your dosha type is connected to diet and your reaction to certain foods.

At this time of year, a lot of thoughts turn towards the spring and getting in shape for the changing of the seasons. As the weather starts to get warmer, we are often more inclined to exercise and start to feel the urge for lighter, healthier foods. So how can knowing about doshas help?

The three body types in Ayurveda, called doshas, are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each of us has elements of each dosha in our constitution, however most tend to have one or two dominants. By understanding your dosha type, you can focus on food that will aid weight management and promote well-being.

The dosha types are:

  • Vata – this represents the force of propulsion and it governs movement. People with a prominent Vata dosha type are often lightweight and can suffer from dry skin and feel the cold. Nourishing food is very important for this body type and should include cooked grains, cooked vegetables, dairy and nuts.
  • Pitta – this represents warmth, brilliance and focus. People with a prominent Pitta dosha type are often strong and driven but can suffer from overheating, skin problems and overwork. Very spicy, hot food should be avoided however ideal foods include salads, raw vegetables and seeds.
  • Kapha – this represents love and nurture with a tendency towards stamina and resilience. Kapha dosha types have a tendency towards weight gain and congestion when unbalanced, although when balanced this body type will be strong, calm and steady. Foods to enjoy include salads, cooked vegetables, spicy foods and grains, however foods to avoid include oily foods, sweets, dairy and nuts.

There are a number of free tests available on line, to help you identify your dosha type and there is also a lot of published information available.

The College of Ayurveda has some interesting links see here.

Indian Head Massage has its roots in Ayuverdic treatments and can be used as a programme to help rebalance the body. Why not give it a try!

Holistic Therapies in the treatment of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

At this time of year (and particularly in the post Christmas lull), SAD (seasonal affective disorder) affects many. How can holistic therapies help?

There are many useful websites including sad.org.uk. These explain the use of CBT and hypnotherapy for example, which in my experience are very effective. These can, however, be coupled with other treatments which physically help relieve stress and promote the active levels of serotonin in the body. Suitable treatments may include Indian Head Massage or Body Massage.

The use of massage in the treatment of SAD was recently reviewed by Danish researchers – further information can be found at http://www.today.com/health/sad-5-proven-ways-deal-seasonal-affective-disorder-t104940

Indian Head Massage for Upper Body Tension

I recently had a client come to see me at Top to Toe who had been referred by their Doctor, for a session of Indian Head Massage. The client suffers from severe upper body tension and has benefited hugely from receiving the treatment. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see the medical profession recognising the benefits of complimentary therapies, such as Indian Head Massage.

The feeling of a body which is “balanced” and energised is a wonderful experience. Whilst the world of complimentary therapies cannot replace traditional medicine, it can do so much to help. If you are undergoing medical treatment it is advisable to always consult your GP or consultant before receiving a complimentary therapy treatment. That advice may also assist in helping to identify the right treatment for you. However, do not be afraid to ask your GP or consultant, if a complimentary therapy will help the recovery and healing process.