Ayurveda is the traditional Indian system of medicine. Its aim is to (1) preserve health and wellbeing in the individual through maintaining homeostasis in the mind, body, and spirit; (2) preventing disease; and (3) for those that have a medical condition, to reduce the signs and symptoms and maximise the quality of life for the individual.
Today, the wisdom and teachings of Ayurveda are used to enhance and balance one’s life. A truly holistic approach to health and wellbeing, Ayurveda, simply put, has its foundations on the principles of living in harmony with nature’s cycles and rhythms, seasons, cycles and will always work to aim to find the root cause of an imbalance, and/or condition.
Ayurveda looks at the individual on an individual basis. No one size fits all – each individual is seen as unique, with a unique constitutional makeup. According to Ayurveda, the root cause of almost all imbalances - which if left untreated can then lead to more serious health conditions - stem from a disruption of the natural bodily flows and energetic forces (known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha); and/or accumulation of bodily toxins (in GI tract, lymph system, blood, tissues, and at cellular level and/or mental toxins, which are caused by actions, activities and behaviours that are not in harmony with the body, mind and/or intellect.
Whilst not a complete list, these actions, activities, and behaviours can include:
Nutrition and Diet:
- Incompatible food combining
- Eating when not hungry
- Overeating / Undereating
- Eating before the previous meal is digested (i.e. left the stomach)
- Exercising too soon before or after a meal
- Irregular eating
- Skipping meals
- Eating in a non-relaxing environment (i.e. watching TV, whilst driving, when emotional, when stressed, during lots of heated conversation)
- Eating an excess of the wrong type of foods for your constitution and/or imbalance(s)
- Eating foods that are not fresh, full of Prana or life force, and/or genetically modified
- Eating foods that are too cold, frozen, processed, oily, fatty, spicy and/or devoid of nutrients
- Eating foods that are too heavy for one’s digestive capability
- Eating foods that are not in season
- Drinking too much water
- Insufficient water intake
- Drinking when not thirsty
- Ignoring thirst
- Drinking too much water too close to mealtimes, during a meal, or too soon after a meal
- Drinking cold or iced water
Inappropriate Lifestyle Habits:
- Overstimulation of the sense organs
- Overstimulation of the mind
- Ignoring the daily, seasonal, and life-cycle biorhythms
- Ignoring natural bodily urges (e.g. hunger, thirst, passing gas, bowel movements, urination, sneezing, coughing, burping)
- Irregular daily habits and lifestyle
- Work-life imbalances with too little self-care, proper relaxation and replenishment activities, leading to prolonged exposure to the stress response
- Any activity in excess (including sexual activity, travel, talking, screen time, TV etc.)
- Blocking, ignoring and/or inability to face and process/release emotions
- Intake of drugs, alcohol, stimulants (including coffee and tea), cigarettes
In addition to the above, Environmental Exposure to the following can also lead to imbalances and subsequent health conditions. These may then be further exacerbated by the actions, activities and behaviours mentioned above, which can then compound and lead to further imbalances and/or aggravated health conditions.
Environmental Exposure can include (but are not limited to):
- Environmental toxins
- Trauma (physical, mental or emotional)
- Continued exposure to stress
- Physical trauma or accident
Ayurveda also sees that genetic factors (and at times karma) can predispose an individual to being vulnerable to a disease or condition.
One of the foundational aspects of Ayurvedic Medicine is that (through education) it allows for the individual to take back control of their own health and wellbeing. As such, at Mandaram we place a very high emphasis on education with the clients that we work with.
Therefore, working with our Ayurvedic Practitioner is about working with you to create lasting change. You need to be (a) comfortable with the process, (b) and feel comfortable with and trust the person that you will be working with.
As such, our (initial) session(s) with you generally cover the following aspects:
- In a gentle and exploratory way, we will firstly discuss with you the issues and concerns that you have in respect to health and wellbeing, as well as past and current health issues and/or conditions.
- We will also ask you a number of questions that will help us to better understand the signs and symptoms of imbalance(s)/disease that are present and look at your health physically, mentally and emotionally from an Ayurvedic perspective.
- We will then discuss with you the options with respect to Ayurvedic treatment, answering any questions that you have, and discuss with you a forward plan that works for you; that includes a treatment plan, as well as an educational/self-learning component to help you better manage your imbalances in your daily life.
In order to be able to understand your current situation, prior to your consultation with us, we ask that you undertake a seven day nutrition and lifestyle diary. For us, it is imperative that we understand your life and lifestyle as much as possible, so that we can work with you to plan a way forward that is gentle, realistic and achievable – and which is also an enjoyable process for which you can start to better understand your imbalances and/or condition(s), how they can occur and be aggravated, how to minimise their effects and how move forward to better self-regulate your health and wellbeing in your daily-life.
Forward plans that our Ayurvedic Practitioner can prescribe to you may include:
- Nutritional and lifestyle modifications
- Guided self-study, as well educational courses for how to better manage your imbalance(s)/condition(s) in daily life
- Ayurvedic and/or holistic counselling
- Mind-Body or Ayurvedic educational short-courses
- Stress management and reduction
- Yoga and/or Yoga therapy
- Ayurvedic bodywork and remedial massage therapies
- Herbal preparations (all herbal preparations that we dispense to clients are made and/or prepared on our premises using - wherever possible - certified organic ingredients)
- Detox therapies and/or rejuvenation therapies
NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE SEVEN DAY DIARIES
One the following pages you will find:
- Seven-day Lifestyle Diary for you to complete
- Seven-day Nutrition Diary for you to complete
We ask that you fill both of these forms out prior to your consultation with us – AND BRING THESE ALONG WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF YOUR CONSULTATION.
If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or message us on +61 (0) 490 666 064 and we will be happy to assist.