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Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Massage

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Ayurveda (Sanskrit Āyurveda आयुर्वेद, "life-knowledge"; English pronunciation /ˌaɪ.ərˈveɪdə/) it is a traditional medicine and part of health science from India. It has been in existence since about 5000 BC. It is considered a complementary medicine (CAM) similar to traditional Chinese medicine and Homeopathy. It is an extensive field of study that can extend to eight years or more similar to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in the the U.S.A. Ayurveda consists of ashta or eight components as listed below:

  1. (General medicine) – Kāya-chikitsā
  2. (Pediatrics) – Baala-chikitsā
  3. (Surgery) – Śhalya-chikitsā
  4. (Ophthalmology / ENT/Dentistry) – Śālākya-tantra
  5. (Idiopathic) Graha-chikitsā
  6. (Toxicology) – Damshtra chikitsā
  7. (Rejuvenation Therapy) – Jaraa-chikitsā
  8. (Reproductive) – Vrsha-chikitsā

Each person is considered to have something called dosa disease causing factors namely the Vatta (space and air), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). An Ayurvedic practitioner will determine that by a clinical examination which mainly consists of the pulse. Tables are rarely used in these massages, sometimes an ample hard wood table or a massage mat made of reeds is used since a oil is used generously. If you are curious to find out how an Ayurvedic massage can make a difference in your life here is a short listing of some people and places that practice Ayurveda. As always consult your physician for any health advise.

Not located in Chicago but available for Ayurvedic consultation, Monique Blake, MS, BA, LMT. http://beingintouchinc.com also on Facebook/pages/Being-In-Touch-Inc

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