Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which originated in India over 5,000 years ago, and is the sister science to yoga. The mind, body, and spirit are all considered in order to create the most optimal environment for healing to take place. Ayurveda includes but is not limited to nutrition, herbal medicine, daily routine, hygiene, and body therapies. Whether you are looking to clean up your lifestyle, have mild symptoms, or more serious health concerns, Ayurveda is a powerful tool in your treatment program.
Our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Nadia, can also provide Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage) as part of your treatment program.
Ayurvedic Health Counselor:
Through Ayurveda, Nadia Miller-Goymer offers personalized lifestyle and treatment programs. The structure is as follows:
The Initial Intake
During this 2 hour session we will review your Health History, which you will complete and submit before the appointment. Then, Nadia will observe your physical characteristics, tongue, and pulse. This discussion will give the information required to determine your original nature and current imbalance.
- The Report Findings
About a week after your initial intake you will have a 1 hour session where you will learn your original nature and current imbalance, receive your recommendations for herbal medicine, and your first lifestyle recommendation.
Follow-ups are booked as 1 hour sessions where symptoms are monitored and progress in implementing changes is supported. More lifestyle adjustments are implemented over time as the client becomes successful with previous recommendations. For the first 4 follow ups, it is required to meet weekly to ensure that the herbal medicine and lifestyle plan are on the right track and implemented safely. After that period we will determine together what meeting schedule is appropriate for you. On average, 8 follow up visits is adequate to implement a treatment program. Some people require more, some less depending on the severity of the imbalance.
*The Initial intake and Report of findings are a bundle and cost
185 + GST for an in-person visit.
(Sliding Scale pricing is available, and takes place over Zoom)
What is Ayurvedic Healing?
Through the framework of Ayurveda it is understood that each body is unique and requires a personalized plan to regain balance. You are seen to have two states, your original nature, determined by long term tendencies and physical traits, and your current imbalance, determined by current symptoms and deviations from when you felt your best. Your original nature is considered to be the goal of treatment, to get you back to a high quality of life. The framework of Ayurveda is powerful because it allows the practitioner to understand the root cause of the individual's imbalance instead of exclusively treating surface symptoms.
There are three constitutions called Doshas. They describe how the body and mind are functioning, and are the building blocks to understanding your original nature vs. your current imbalance. Each person has their own unique percentage of each Dosha, which greatly differs from frameworks where you are either A, B, or C.
I will briefly discuss the Doshas, but please know they are quite complex.
Diseases and treatments are all understood under this framework.
Vata: described by the metaphor of Air and Ether, this constitution tends towards symptoms that are dry, like dry skin, and lightness, like light sleep or insomnia. Other examples of symptoms that are related to Air and Ether are gas, constipation, racing mind, anxiety, overwhelm, weight loss, dry cough, pain without injury (aches and pains), headaches, fatigue, cold body temperature, low blood pressure and more. Positive traits in people with balanced vata are creativity, enthusiasm, enjoyment of movement, travel, exploring, and expression. Physical traits are long, light, thin, and tend towards dryness. Some disease conditions present with a majority of Vata related causes & symptoms. The herbs, foods, body therapies, and activities prescribed by the practitioner counteract these tendencies within the body.
Pitta: described by the metaphor of Fire and Water, has to do with the body’s ability to digest food, the liver, small intestine, blood, intelligence, logic, and more. When out of balance there is internal inflammation, diarrhea, anger, criticism, resentment, burning symptoms, fevers, red inflamed acne, acidity, ulcers, and more. Some of the positive traits with balanced pitta are intelligence, focus, logic, organization, and passion. Physical traits are moderate and angular, and tend towards heat.
Some disease conditions present with a majority of Pitta related causes & symptoms. The herbs, foods, body therapies, and activities prescribed by the practitioner counteract these tendencies within the body.
Kapha: described by the metaphors of Earth and Water. Water has to do with the body's protective mucus membranes, lymph, interstitial fluid, saliva, sinovial fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, as well as the fluid in the lungs, and all other waters of the body. The earth element represents the tissues and structure of the body. For example, someone with strong bones would have a lot of earth element present, whereas someone with brittle bones would not. When out of balance there is water retention, swelling, heaviness, stagnation, excess tissue or weight, depression, stubbornness, inertia, and more. Some of the positive traits with balanced Kapha are a strong memory, kind / nurturing / devoted, and a strong body, and stamina. Kapha nature body characteristics are softness, thickness (think thick hair and bones), and fullness/roundness (think large round eyes, full lips). Some disease conditions present with a majority of Kapha related causes & symptoms.
The herbs, foods, body therapies, and activities prescribed by the practitioner counteract these tendencies within the body.
What is Abhyanga?
Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic massage which focuses on the movement of lymph towards the lymph nodes. This action is accomplished with light touch in a specific series of strokes or massage patterns (not muscular adjustment). Another aspect of focus in Abhyanga is to guide the client into the healing, meditative space between sleep and wakefulness, which is embedded within the purpose of the specific massage patterns.
Benefits of Abhyanga include:
musculoskeletal & joint health
soft, supple skin
circulation & lymphatic drainage
immune system support
total body nourishment
The massage oil is edible, cold pressed, and provides deep nourishment to the body from the outside in. Everything that can be absorbed by the skin eventually ends up at the liver - and this can show us the depth of this practice. The massage oil is gently warmed for the massage, for the purpose of relaxation and to promote absorption.
Unless you have specific needs discussed ahead of your appointment, or allergies, oil used will be a combination of Coconut Oil & Sesame Oil (don't worry - not the toasted kind of sesame oil!)
The heavy & warm nature of Sesame Oil balances out the light & cool quality of the Coconut Oil, making it a relatively balanced formula. Otherwise, Nadia is always happy to talk to you ahead of time (at least the day before) so that your Oil combination is the most specific for your constitution.
Abhyanga as an Ayurvedic service is not currently covered by health insurance in the U.S. and Canada.