Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of healing. The literal meaning of the word ‘Ayurveda’ is the science of life. It is five thousand years of wisdom distilled into a system of practice. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete philosophy of life. Ayurveda is much more than the wellbeing of the body. Ayurveda defines health as 'Purity' of the body, mind and soul. It leads not only to the wellbeing of the individual but to the wellbeing of the universe as it restores harmony and balance to our lives.
Ayurveda recognises that we all are different and that each of us has a unique mind and body. It acknowledges that the mind and body are not two separate entities but are closely intertwined. Because we are all unique and different, Ayurveda gives us the tools and knowledge to customise treatments and regimes that work on healing both the energetic and physical bodies.
According to Ayurveda each individual is unique, a combination of physical, mental & emotional characteristics which are known as his/her constitution (Prakruti). Many factors, both internal as well as external can affect this constitution eg. one’s emotional state, diet, daily food choices, season and weather, physical trauma, job and family relationships. Once we understand that these factors can cause an imbalance in our constitution we have a choice to take appropriate action to nullify or minimise their effects to eliminate the cause.
Ayurveda recognises three primary energies, Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Together they regulate every physiological and psychological characteristic from basic cellular processes to the most complex biological functions. When these forces are in a state of natural balance the defence mechanism of the body works at peak efficiency.
- Vata – represents momentum. It is responsible for all the bodily activities and sensations. It controls the movement of blood through the circulatory system, breathing, the delivery of nutrients to the cells and the removal & excretion of waste products.
In balance it promotes flexibility & creativity. Out of balance it produces fear & anxiety.
- Pitta – represents metabolism. It governs digestion and metabolic transformation of nutrients into biologically usable forms. It also imparts the capacity to absorb ideas and impressions and bestows intelligence and an enthusiasm for life.
In balance it promotes understanding & intelligence. Out of balance it produces anger, hate & jealousy.
- Kapha – provides substance and support. It gives strength and stability, both physically and psychologically. It enhances resistance to disease and promotes the healing process.
In balance it promotes love, calmness & forgiveness. Out of balance it produces attachment, greed & envy.
Life challenges us with many opportunities. Although there is much over which we have little control, we do have the power to determine our lifestyle and manage our stress levels. To maintain balance and wellbeing it is important to give attention to these decisions.
To help you achieve overall wellbeing, Ayurda Spa treatments are customised to your individual constitution which strengthen the body, mind and consciousness.