Ayurveda For Body Workers


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Ayurveda For Body Workers

  1. 1. AYURVEDA FOR BODY WORKERS The art of balance through touch
  2. 2. Defining & Introducing Ayurveda <ul><li>Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word from Ancient India </li></ul><ul><li>Root: Ayur : life Veda : science </li></ul><ul><li>Ayurveda = Science of Life and longevity </li></ul><ul><li>Mother of All Healing Modalities </li></ul><ul><li>Over 5000 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Uses theory of 5 elements in lifestyle choices and treatments </li></ul>
  3. 3. the basics: How the five elements manifest in the three Doshas
  4. 4. defining the 5 Elements and the 3 “Doshas” <ul><li>The five elements that make up everything in the universe: </li></ul><ul><li>Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Ether </li></ul><ul><li>these elements blend to make up a personal“constitution” or Dosha </li></ul><ul><li>Dosha defined: </li></ul><ul><li> literally as fault or to cause harm ( although only when functioning abnormally ) </li></ul><ul><li>referring to Vata, Pitta and Kapha : the three mind-body functioning principles of the body. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Vata Dosha <ul><li>made up of: Ether and Air </li></ul><ul><li>Qualities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>light </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flowing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sharp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>clear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winter season </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What would a Vata predominant person experience? <ul><li>Vata (Ether and Air) “ that which moves things” </li></ul><ul><li>tend to be thin </li></ul><ul><li>Cold hands and feet </li></ul><ul><li>Think and move quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Do not like cold weather </li></ul><ul><li>Tend to take on a lot of work/info </li></ul><ul><li>unbalanced: scattered, “ungrounded”, chronic pain, over-stimulated, gas, constipation, anxiety, insomnia </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced: creative, filled with enthusiasm, artistic and open-minded, inspired, outgoing, uplifting, and joyful </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Pitta Dosha <ul><li>made up of: Fire with a little water </li></ul><ul><li>Qualities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hot/heat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moist or oily (unctuous) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>light </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flowing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sharp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer season </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What would a Pitta predominant person experience? <ul><li>Pitta (Fire and a little Water) “ that which digests things” </li></ul><ul><li>Medium build and features </li></ul><ul><li>Mind is aggressively sharp, clear memory, ability to precisely articulate thoughts and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitious, organized, focused, intense </li></ul><ul><li>Unbalanced: fever, rashes, indigestion, irritability, aggressiveness, jealousy, anger, critical, impatient </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced state: clear, confident, bold, brilliant, great leaders, warm, friendly, interested </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Kapha Dosha <ul><li>made up of: Water and Earth </li></ul><ul><li>Qualities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>moist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>heavy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>static </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>soft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring season </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What would a Kapha predominant person experience? <ul><li>Kapha (earth and water) </li></ul><ul><li>“ that which hold things together” </li></ul><ul><li>Larger frame and features, illustrious hair and skin </li></ul><ul><li>Most stable of doshas, manifests as physical and psychological strength and stamina </li></ul><ul><li>Speaks slowly and precisely after carefully consideration </li></ul><ul><li>Unbalanced: resistant to change, sleep too much, overindulge in food and comfort, hoarding </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced: loyal, loving, patient, and compassionate </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ayurvedic Massage <ul><li>“ Where touching begins, there love and humanity begins” </li></ul><ul><li>-Ashley Montagu </li></ul><ul><li>Give guest a simple Ayurvedic Analysis “quiz” </li></ul><ul><li>Regular massage beneficial for all constitutional types and vital to healthy, young-looking skin, however not all types for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>When massaging the 7 layers of skin, we directly affect each of the seven dhatus, or bodily tissues. </li></ul><ul><li>Involves much more than relieving stress, relaxing tight muscles, and reducing physical pain. </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on Marma points and other subtler energetic channels known as Srotas, Vayus and Nadis </li></ul>
  12. 12. Energetics of Ayurvedic Massage <ul><li>Prana and the 107 Marma points </li></ul><ul><li>Marma points connect to Nadis, or channels of energy circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Marmas are the pearls and the string is the Nadis. </li></ul><ul><li>Vata, Pitta, Kapha meet and are balanced at these points. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal of this process is full human potential , whereby consciousness is lively in each and every cell allowing the physical and energetic body system to function as one, resulting in perfect physical, mental and spiritual health. </li></ul>
  13. 14. a few Ayurvedic Massage Benefits <ul><li>Client is taken into a deep meditative state of silence where basal metabolic rate is lowered, with each successive treatment it is lowered even more </li></ul><ul><li>Each treatment provides deep relaxation as well as an experience of total luxury </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents and corrects the aging process promoting Longevity </li></ul><ul><li>Overcomes fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents and corrects affliction of the nervous system </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes better eyesight </li></ul><ul><li>Improves sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes sturdiness of body </li></ul>
  14. 15. Role of Ayurvedic Body Therapist <ul><li>The success of the treatments are largely dependent on the consciousness of the therapist </li></ul><ul><li>“ choreographed” treatment sequence allows for therapist to let go of the ego of the mind and “listen” to the only those thought initiated by the heart </li></ul><ul><li>Also important that therapist adheres to a nurturing and expanding self care regime; meditation, yoga, massage, and regular Panchakarma </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Imperative for the therapist to create a treatment room with a cocoon of silence, beauty and perfection </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>In India, washing the feet is a sign of deep respect, honoring the sacred within each person. </li></ul>Ayurvedic Foot Bath Ritual
  17. 18. Keys to Vata Balancing Bodywork <ul><li>To bring balance to Vata we must apply the opposite qualities in their treatments. </li></ul><ul><li>This is referred to as “the law of opposites” in Ayurveda. </li></ul><ul><li>Warmth, Stability, Moisture, Serenity, gentleness, Calm </li></ul><ul><li>Body treatments with firm, slow and calming massage strokes </li></ul><ul><li>Abhyanga and Shirodhara </li></ul><ul><li>warmed Sesame oil </li></ul><ul><li>Warming, spicy and sweet Aromatherapy oils </li></ul><ul><li>Cinnamon, clove, patchouli, rosewood, sage, ginger </li></ul>
  18. 20. Keys to Pitta Balancing Bodywork <ul><li>To bring into balance apply balancing qualities during treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Cooling, relaxing, soothing, refreshing, direct </li></ul><ul><li>Body treatments with medium pace and firm pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Good to start with head massage using soothing and cooling aromatherapy scents such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Sandalwood, rose, jasmine*, lime, blue chamomile, lavender </li></ul><ul><li>Coconut oil, Ghee or Sunflower oil </li></ul><ul><li>Best treatments: Abhyanga and Pinda Swedana </li></ul>
  19. 21. Pinda Swedana
  20. 22. Keys to Kapha Balancing Bodywork <ul><li>Apply qualities that will balance excess earth and water such as: </li></ul><ul><li>deeply stimulating, warm, firm, vigorous </li></ul><ul><li>Body treatments with firm, invigorating and stimulating movements </li></ul><ul><li>Olive, Mustard and Corn base oils </li></ul><ul><li>Uplifting and Stimulating Aromatherapy oils such as: </li></ul><ul><li>rosemary, eucalyptus, frankincense, clary sage, myrrh, clove </li></ul><ul><li>Abhyanga and Udvartana </li></ul>
  21. 23. Dry Udvartana treatment