Elizabeth Sweetman MCThA Dip. Ayurvedic Therapies; Dip. Hypnosis
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 and recipes 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.
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 seen many sceptics and they were still healed. 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.
I am based at Equilibrium Natural Health Centre, Corsham in Wiltshire, but if preferred, I will travel to see you in your home at an additional charge of £15.
- Indian Head Massage
- Diploma in Ayurvedic Therapies
- Ayurvedic Physiology
- Marma Therapy in Ayurveda
- Ayurvedic Massage
- Ayurvedic Food, Nutrition, Yoga, Meditation
- Ayurveda & Pregnancy
- Dip. Hypnosis
- Swedish Massage
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