I’ve long been intrigued by the Indian traditions and therapies of Yoga and Ayurveda.
I have tried a variety of Ayervedic head massages including the ultimate Shirodhara where warm medicated oil is poured gently over your forehead. These have all been very calming and therapeutic and have led me to find out more about the Ayurvedic approach and its focus on preventative medicine and health.
I discovered Tanya Bradbury who offers Ayurvedic consultations along with a range of treatments and so I booked a consultation with her.
Together we filled in a detailed questionnaire analysing the physical and emotional aspects of my health and, then after also examining my pulse, Tanya came to the conclusion that I was a Pitta/Vata (according to Ayurveda we are all made up of a combination of three Doshas or ‘types’ – Pitta, Vata or Kapha with one being dominant, and these energies influence our bodily functions).
She then went on to explain what this meant for me. How I could create a healthy internal environment and prevent disease by following a few basic principles and eating foods most suited to my dosha or ‘type’ and avoiding or reducing foods that are considered harmful. The idea being that this would promote heath by rectifying any imbalances.
I’ve since incorporated some of the practices into my personal routine and general wellness programme such as simple light breakfasts with warm cooked fruit and cereal and consuming my main meal and proteins at lunch when digestive power (Agni) is strongest (good digestion of food, pollutants and experiences is a key to good health according to Ayurveda). Warm oil sesame massage is also beneficial for my qualities along with warm milk before bedtime with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg and honey.
Tanya currently works at the Harmony Centre at Walpole near Halesworth where she also runs yoga sessions. Booking an Ayurvedic treatment and consultation with Tanya on your journey to good health and wellness will leave you feeling vibrant, balanced and healthy as well as armed with tips, diet and lifestyle routines to maintain health and prevent disease.