Most people in the yoga world are by now at least randomly acquainted with the healing art and science of Ayurveda. For those who are not: Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system that has often been termed the sister science of yoga. It focuses on determining a person’s dominant functional energy/energies and how to bring/keep these in balance so that the person may enjoy a long life filled with health and well-being.
Who should make an appointment for an Ayurvedic consultation? Can people who suffer from an illness benefit from this, or only those who are healthy?
Generally speaking, anybody can benefit from an Ayurvedic consultation. In my experience, I have seen three types of clients:
- The person who is simply curious to learn more about Ayurveda and would like to hear what Ayurveda would recommend for their body type.
- The person who is overall healthy, but does not feel at their best. This could mean that their digestion is not functioning properly, they are struggling to sleep through the night, their energy level does not feel optimal etc. This person does not feel 100% well, but also does not feel bad enough to go and see a medical professional and so is curious to see whether some lifestyle adjustments might bring them closer to their optimum.
- The person who is dealing with some known illness and is in medical care and wants to know whether there are any lifestyle adjustments that would help.
What can you expect from an Ayurvedic consultation?
When you schedule your appointment, you will receive an intake form with some questions about your general health and about your lifestyle. You will also be asked to keep a record of your food intake for a few days. During the consultation, we will briefly review the principles of Ayurveda (depending on how familiar you are with them). It is important to me that we discuss the ‘bigger picture’ so that you understand the specific recommendations I will be making. We will then look at your food and lifestyle routines to consider which adjustments might bring some more balance into your life. This can range from adjusting your sleep/wake rhythm, to your exercise routine and your food choices.
Anne Thiel is a certified massage therapist and also an ayurvedic lifestyle consultant. Passionate about the wisdom of this ancient Indian healing science, she seeks to help clients identify lifestyle changes that allow them to find more balance and harmony in their lives. To check Anne’s appointment availability, please call the studio at 202-328-9642.
For more information on Ayurveda, check out this video on debunking Ayurveda myths that Anne filmed as one of our Monthly Tranquility Tips.