“Wow, after the Abyhanga treatment I felt like I have never felt before. My whole body, inner and outer felt so soft and deeply deeply rested… this is truly an amazing and healing massage, I have never heard of anything this wonderful, thank you.”
I have had many years of addiction issues. After a dosha assessment and some regular treatments I have a much better handle on my life.
I have struggled with weight all my life. After a a program with Erica I have lost my weight and now understand how to keep it off. Erica taught me the tools I needed to understand that I am a unique individual and all those diet books and plans had never addressed that. thank-you Erica
I have a hight stress job that was making me sick. Okanagan Ayurveda gave me the tools I needed. the special oiling treatment
( Abhyanga) was especially helpful.
Ayur (life) veda (knowledge)
You may not of heard the word Ayuveda but it is the oldest natural healing system in the world. Dating back 5000 years. Every western natural healing system has some basis in Ayuveda. The sister science to Ayuveda is yoga. Both are used to create balance in the body, mind and soul. Ayuveda peers into the nature of life through the wisdom of Mother Nature. As a philosophy of life it teaches us to live in harmony with the basic laws of nature.
Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that focuses on creating and maintaining health and happiness, through balance in mind, body and spirit.
Ayurveda is based on the belief that we are not just physical beings, but are also expressions of energy, and consciousness. In Ayurveda we look at the body in a balanced way. While modern medicine is based on the physical structure, Ayurveda is based on physical structure and the energies behind that structure.
In Ayurveda, there is no “average person” or “standard treatment”. Every individual is a one of a kind with a unique blueprint for health Our physical and mental/emotional body consists of the elements, ether, air, fire, water, earth and so does everything else in the universe. Depending on the combination of these elements in the body 3 dominant constitutional types exist. These constitutional types or Doshas are specified as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The uniqueness of the elements in your makeup allows for an infinite number of constitutional types. This unique combination of elements leads each of us to have a different way of creating imbalance, balance, and healing in our lives Depending on your individual doshic type there is a specific propensity on how you move through the world, physically, mentally, emotionally. It also shows your tendency to create balance and imbalances in your system.
Pitta types tend to be more prone to inflammatory issues, whereas Vata types may suffer from stress disorders, or anxiety, and people with predominantly Kapha dosha may have a tendency to be overweight. But these are very basic examples of how the dosha operate in your body. There is a full range of tendencies and disorders that are unique to your Doshic makeup. Knowing your dosha is only one part of understanding how to live.
Knowing and understanding your doshic type is done by constitutional (Dosha) assessment. This assessment is a diagnostic tool that is used by the Ayurveda practitioner to determine the best plan of action for improved health and well-being for you. Food, herbs or routines that will benefit one doshic type may aggravate the other and therefore create more of an imbalance.
Instead of “catching something”, like a cold, a disease, or mental state, Ayurveda sees illness as a manifestation of imbalance. Ayureda addresses the root causes, not only the symptoms; whether it be physical, energetic or emotional.
Treatments may consist of working with lifestyle choices, routines, body therapies, food, herbs, yoga and inner energies to create health.
Ayuveda health is a continuous and participatory process that embraces all aspects of life and you are part of that healing process. It is important to remember that in the west we often exhibit imbalances, so what Dosha we think we are, may in actuality be an imbalance that we have created over years of patterning, and living in a certain way. The Dosha’s are connected to everything, from seasons, to times of day, from the emotional body, to the physical.
Who can benefit from Ayurveda?
Anyone who wants to improve or maintain good health can benefit from an Ayurvedic consultation. Many people who suffer from chronic conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Stress conditions, Diabetes, Insomnia, chronic headaches, digestive problems, depression and anxiety, or weight management and metabolic disorders have found relieve and improvement with the natural techniques Ayurveda has to offer. Its aim is to balance the body-mind and bring it back to health. With measures like dietary changes, lifestyle adjustments, herbs, exercise, stress management techniques, and bodywork great results can be achieved in the person who wants to gain better quality of life.
Your Ayurvedic Consultation is completely personalized to you. I will complete a comprehensive health assessment, pulse analysis plus nail and tongue analysis to determine your Ayurvedic Constitution. This is very important in the course of health management. No two individuals are alike and knowing your unique Dosha composition will help me to create a plan for you.