Elizabeth Sweetman MCThA Dip. Ayurvedic Therapies
I am a classically trained Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and a member of the Complementary Therapists Association. I am a proponent of the kitchen pharmacy, eating well, doing a little yoga in the morning and living joyfully.
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.
I trained at the Ayurveda Pura Academy in Greenwich under Dr Deepa Apte who is a fully qualified Indian medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India), as well as a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher.
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 the value of the ‘kitchen pharmacy’ which empowers us to listen to our bodies and use food, herbs and exercise as medicine to heal and balance body, mind and soul.
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.
I offer consultations based on the client’s unique requirements and body constitution (dosha) as determined by tongue and pulse examination. I can offer dietary advice to help the client to eat for their body type. 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 a client to know the energetic effect of all their favourite foods. All this can be used safely alongside their 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 client’s 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. To this end, I offer twenty types of massage / therapies which can be combined in any way as needed.
I am based at Equilibrium Natural Health Centre, 23 Leafield Way, Corsham in Wiltshire SN13 9RS. If preferred, I will travel to see you in your home at an additional charge of £15.
- Swedish Massage Level 3
- Indian Head Massage
- Diploma in Ayurvedic Therapies
- Ayurvedic Physiology
- Marma Therapy in Ayurveda
- Ayurvedic Massage
- Ayurvedic food, nutrition, Yoga, Meditation
- Ayurveda & Pregnancy
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