Ayurvedic Massage & Weight Loss

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The Ayurvedic term ‘Prajnaparadha’ means “crimes against wisdom.” Digestion is what the body depends on and is a fundamental aspect of a healthy body. The circle of life entails we are either digested or we digest. From trauma to food, emotions to ideas, experiences across many spheres, we digest them all. http://www.fitnessvsweightloss.com/why-overeating-is-called-prajnaparadha-in-ayurveda/I

Ladies! looking for a natural alternative to help you lose weight? Ayurvedic massage (one element of Ayurvedic medicine) may be the solution! ‘Ayurveda’ means “the science of life, and it originated in India. Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. Though used as the primary medical system in some parts of the world, Ayurveda is categorized as “complementary and alternative medicine” in the UK/United States and is not a substitute for conventional medicine.

Some Facts…..
According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, over 200,000 Americans had used Ayurvedic medicine in the previous year. Ayurveda aims to bring the entire person back into harmony.  Ayurveda isn’t a one size fits all weight loss treatment. It does however assist the patient in changing their relationship with food. It doesn’t really matter how we dress things up, the main problem with a dependency to anything , is the mind coupled with an intense need to fill an empty void. As humans we all want to feel happy, satisfied & fulfilled with life but we aren’t all fortunate enough to have that feeling. Some people try to find it in material things, others with drugs & alcohol or sex but us……..well  we use food right?  According to the Ayurvedic system of healthcare, there is also another aspect to craving and overindulgence – the actual make up of our body. This is explained below but first let’s look at cravings.

What happens in my body when I crave food ?

Let’s clarify one thing! This isn’t about dieting. We all need food to live but this is about something very different – Attachment to negative beliefs ie inadequacy etc. Over the years for whatever reason we’ve taught a certain part of our brain to react impulsively in stress situations. It’s called the Amygdala &  it’s about the size of a pea and found in the hippocampus part of the brain. The Amygdala is also called the ‘Pleasure Centre’ and responds in situations of extreme euphoria such as sexual arousal, great pleasure & also fear.  So let’s say for example; you’re alone after an argument with your best friend, you’re furious and need to calm down. Already adrenaline is pumping around your body which then sends a message to the Amygdala about potential danger. The message is this….. “If you don’t eat right now, something bad will happen” “You won’t be able to calm down so you must eat NOW” This is the point where you’ll usually grab the chocolate or the cake and instantly feel more relaxed as adrenaline stops pumping – but the Amygdala hasn’t done yet. Now you feel guilt! Guilt about eating so much, guilt that you couldn’t control it etc, and the Amygdala starts again with its message and you grab more food. Is this sounding familiar?? This is how a craving works, but always know that the Amygdala is totally powerless without your physical permission. It can’t pop out of your head and grab loads of biscuits and cake from the fridge – it needs your effort to do it. This is why learning to ACT instead of REACT to cravings is so important. We can’t do this however whilst our mind is stressed and whilst the physical body is tense so we have to remove ourselves from the scenario and this is where Ayurvedic massage comes in.  Alongside the mind being a key factor in weight gain & loss, Ayurveda also considers excess weight as a body imbalance.

 Ayurveda teaches that individuals fall into three body types base on the elements pitta, or fire and water; vata, or air kapha. An individual can also be a combination of two elements. Based on this combination, people will have different strengths and weaknesses that will manifest in their health. For example, kapha types are usually overweight, pitta types are usually medium in frame but can suffer from poor digestion, and vata types are usually thin and have difficulty absorbing nutrients from their food.

Ayurvedic Massage
Ayurvedic massage is best combined with other lifestyle and diet modifications based on your specific body type. Only your therapist can determine your element and treatment needs. Your full body massage will focus on eliminating impurities by stimulating the digestive and respiratory systems in order to improve immunity, decrease stress and increase harmony of your body and mind.
Please ask your doctor before beginning any weight-loss regimen! Ayurveda may provide effective care for your condition, but it is in no way a substitute for the health care provided by your doctor.

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