What to Expect from a Consultation
Ayurveda views health as much more than the absence of disease. Health, from an Ayurvedic perspective, is defined as maintaining a bright and clear body, mind and spirit, including a balanced state of one’s natural constitution, bodily tissues and digestive system. Knowledge of Ayurvedic practices enables us to create this balance and teaches us how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain a state of mind-body equanimity.
- Ayurveda’s fundamental approach to well-being is that you must reach your unique state of balance in your whole being—body, mind, and spirit.
- The first line of defense in combating imbalances is to remove the cause of the problem. If the trouble-maker is out of the picture, the body starts being able to heal itself.
- If there are any lingering imbalances after removing the inciting cause, then balance is established by using opposites. For example, the Ayurvedic remedy to excess heat is to use something cooling. So for excess heat or acidity in the digestive system, you use cooling foods.
- A primary starting point is to support digestive fire (agni), so that nutrition can be absorbed and waste materials can be eliminated.
Just as we all have a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy—an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics—which comprises our unique constitution (dosha). But doshas are like anything in life; they are fluid and affected by circumstance, emotion, or even the seasons. Thus, Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to individual health, believing that all aspects of life contribute to balance including nutrition, lifestyle, seasons and long-term tendencies.
Consultations are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your unique constitution, identify any imbalances that may be present and develop an individualized holistic health plan. If an illness is already present, consultations provide the space to unveil an optimum environment in your body for healing to take place. In this way consultations primarily foster an awareness that allows you to make sustainable changes, bringing balance and harmony to your daily life.
The Initial Consultations typically takes about two hours. During this time we’ll discuss specific concerns you have regarding your health, your diet and lifestyle. Once we establish your goals, we will review of your intake forms and complete a pulse and tongue diagnosis to create an accurate picture of your Ayurvedic constitution as well as the cause of any imbalances.
Using the information from the Initial Consultation, a personal Wellness Protocol will be created just for you. Tailored to your particular needs, this program may include suggestions for: nutrition, lifestyle/routines, detoxification and cleansing, herbal formulas, yoga and pranayama.
For more about Ayurveda please read this introduction before your appointment.