Elizabeth Sweetman CThA, PLTA
Dip. Ayurvedic Therapies; Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause and Women’s Health; Dip. Past Life Regression, Inner Child Healing & Transformation; Cert. Hypnosis
I am a classically trained Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and did my training at the Ayurveda Pura Academy in London under Dr Deepa Apte who is both a medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India), as well as an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher. Back then, not many people knew what Ayurveda was, but it’s been wonderful to see it gaining mainstream popularity in recent years.
I started massaging family and pets when I was very young, often combining these massages with old family remedies or herbs. I used to borrow my grandmother’s yoga manual and taught myself the asanas and meditation. It’s no surprise then, that I ended up studying a holistic therapy like Ayurveda which integrates 5 approaches of healing – namely diet, lifestyle, herbs, massage and yoga into a way of life that prevents disease whilst promoting longevity.
Like me, my four children are fascinated with Ayurveda and have been able to embrace it, especially the concept of using herbs to treat any ailment. This inspired me to teach ‘kitchen pharmacy for families’ which empowers us to listen to our bodies and use food, herbs and exercise as medicine to heal and balance the body naturally.
Massage is a huge part of Ayurveda, with daily abhyanga (massage) recommended. It not only serves to keep the skin supple and unblock stuck energy (which can cause pain, wrinkles or disease) but in ancient Sanskrit Sneha (or oil) is the same word as ‘Love’. One could say, massage is the application of love. Massage is not only good for your skin and joints, but it also boosts your immune system. Loving touch is extremely important for mental health and our bodies are wired to crave it.
I offer consultations based on your unique requirements and body constitution (dosha) as determined by tongue and pulse examination. I offer dietary advice and recipes to help you to eat for your body type – it’s always better to work with your body than to try and fight against it. For example, a Pitta constitution should avoid eating too many heating foods otherwise they may experience symptoms of excess Pitta like heartburn. Eating cooling foods would help to keep a Pitta constitution in balance. A consultation will help you to know the energetic effect of all your favourite foods. All this can be used safely alongside regular medication. Lifestyle and exercise play a part in the healing or the exacerbation of symptoms and I can make recommendations on working with the your body type for optimal results. Massage is very important and not seen as a luxury, but rather as preventative medicine and rejuvenator of the body and mind.
Sometimes a more holistic approach is needed which requires us to heal mental and emotional scars or trauma. I have found that these often manifest in the body as tight shoulders or lower back pain for example. Once we address the emotional or mental cause, the physical pain disappears. A good example of this is a client I saw who was in her 20’s who’d had endless tests and consultant appointments to find out the cause of her life-long knee pain. During massage, we discovered that she’d witnessed a traumatic event in her childhood, and in running to get help, her subconscious mind had somehow stored the memory of this traumatic event in her knee. I know it may sound crazy, but bear with me. The subconscious mind encapsulates traumatic events so that we can go on with our lives and soon the event is all but forgotten. In my client’s case, she did not even remember the event she witnessed until I discovered the body memory in her knee. When we accessed the memory and she was able to process it, she was completely and instantly healed. Her knee has never troubled her again. This is the case that turned me into a believer of hypnosis and regression. Since then I have seen many cases of clients healed through accessing past trauma and I could talk all day about the fascinating cases I’ve seen. I have also treated many sceptics and they were still healed, even if they didn’t fully understand what I did. It doesn’t matter if you believe in it, or think that it’s the subconscious mind using metaphors. The important thing is that it works to permanently heal pain where often nothing else has worked.
If you’re not sure about what you’re needing, please feel free to complete the contact form and we can arrange to have a short telephone consultation or you can find me on facebook @lifegracewisdom.
- Dip. Ayurvedic Therapies
- Ayurvedic Food, Nutrition, Yoga, and Meditation
- Cert. Ayurveda & Pregnancy
- Cert. Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause and Women’s Health
- Dip. Past Life Regression, Inner Child Healing & Transformation
- Cert. Hypnosis
- Advanced Techniques in Spirit Release and Curse Removal
- Working with Spiritual Emergency
Please note that you have the right to request access to all information I hold on you and you may withdraw your consent at any time and request erasure of all information I have gathered during sessions – but Consultation Forms, session dates and payments have to be kept for HMRC purposes. In the unlikely event that you are dissatisfied with my handling of your information, you have the right to complain to the ICO but I politely request that you approach me at the earliest opportunity to allow me to correct anything you’re unhappy with.