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ayurveda

 

Aspects of Healing is the home of Ayurveda in Adelaide. Our traditionally trained Ayurvedic Practitioners ensure the practice of this ancient wisdom is both authentic and customised to the individual client.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda recognises that we are not all the same. We are each unique and therefore need something different. This is emphasised by identifying and abiding to an Ayurvedic ‘Life-Style’ that is compatible, restorative and corrective for each person.

Established as the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world, Ayurveda has its origins dating back more than 5ooo years ago. The name AYURVEDA is derived from its ancient Sanskrit roots – ‘AYUR’ (‘life’ or ‘longevity’) and ‘VEDA’ (‘science’ or ‘knowledge’). Ayurveda can be described as ‘The Science of Life or Longevity” or “The Yoga of Life”. Ayurveda and Siddha, provide the knowledge and the tools to allow you to experience your ‘life-span’ to its fullest extent for very specific purposes. This medical science offers a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life. It was expounded and practiced by the spiritual rishis, who laid the foundations of the Vedic civilisation in India, by organising the fundamentals of life into proper systems.

Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness. Ayurveda philosophy believes that people, their health, and the universe are all related. It is believed that health problems can result when these relationships are out of balance.

The Goal and Purpose of Ayurveda

There are two objectives of Ayurveda:

  • To maintain the health of those who are well and are not suffering from any disease condition. This is achieved by regulating one’s diet and nutrition, exercise, hygiene and lifestyle.
  • The second objective targets curing the diseases of those who are sick. This section has a detailed insight into the various disease conditions, their causes, diagnostic techniques, remedies and therapies to cure, prognosis etc.

However, the highest or ultimate goal of Ayurveda and Siddha treatment is to attain absolute detachment of the ‘Atman’ or soul. This is the state of liberation or ‘Moksham’. At the same instance, the body, mind and its equipment are not neglected but brought very much into focus and attention, as it is the means of realising the Self or Truth.

An important factor to consider is the natural law of Karma, that is “every action has an equal and opposite reaction’ or ’cause and effect’. This can be compared to Newton’s Third Law of motion. Karma is a natural law, and understanding this we come to understand why we are born the way we are. This allows us to accept our situation and realise we were born this way in order to experience certain things in a certain way. With the science of Ayurveda we learn to manage our bodies and minds as instrument given to us in this life for a specific purpose.

Principles of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is based upon the principle of the unity of life and seeks to increase our state of health through developing those factors of similar nature to it and reducing those factors of contrary or variant nature. Ayurveda believes that life is conceived as the union of body, senses, mind and spirit. A living being is a combination of three humours -“DOSHAS” (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).

Each person will practice and live differently as each person is different and unique.

How and why are we different and unique?

Ayurveda tells us that all that is matter contains five great elements, namely Ether (Space), Wind (Air), Fire, Water and Earth. These elements are in all matter and therefore present in Man. As such the physical Man is an integral and inseparable part of Nature.

Benefits:

  • Helps Lower Stress and Anxiety
  • Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
  • Helps with Recovery from Injuries and Illnesses
  • Promotes a Nutrient-Dense, Antioxidant-Rich Diet
  • Can Help with Weight Loss or Maintenance
  • Lowers Inflammation
  • Helps with Hormonal Balance
  • Reduces symptoms of illness and disease
  • Cleanses the body
  • Regulates bloating
  • Promotes healthy, glowing skin
  • Improves overall balance in body mind and spirit

The Five Great Elements are:

  • Ether (Space/Akasha),
  • Wind (Air/Vayu),
  • Fire (Agni),
  • Water (Jal), and
  • Earth (Prithvi).

The elements in their subtle form moving from the most subtle (Space/Ether), to the most gross (Earth) element.

The Origin of the Five Great Elements

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God (Om). When we say word it means sound and sound means waves and these sound waves are vibrations. When there are vibrations in Space, in Akasha, it is immediately followed by movement. Space pulsating to and fro gives rise to movement. This movement of space is Wind. As the pulsating to and fro of Space increases in speed, the speed of Wind also increases. As the pulsating and vibrations increase friction is experienced. As this further increases it gives rise to heat and the element Fire. When there is heat in Space there will be tendencies for condensation. As condensation increases water droplets form thus condensation produces the Water element. As the Water increases in volume it gains in mass and weight and gathers cosmic dust and due to certain forces of nature such as gravity, this mixture of Water and cosmic dust gathers together and as it swirls around a mass is produced and this produces the Earth element.

The Attributes of the Five Great Elements

  • Ether is space; and for consciousness to exist, space is required. This is the place where everything happens and all exists. It is characterised by the quality of sound. Its attributes are cold, dry, light, subtle, liquid, mobile, sharp, soft, smooth, and clear.
  • Wind is movement and has the quality of touch and sound. Its attributes are cold, dry, light, subtle, mobile, sharp, rough, hard, and clear.
  • Fire is energy and has the qualities of sight, touch, and sound. Its attributes are hot, dry. light, subtle, mobile, sharp, rough, hard, and clear.
  • Water provides flexibility and has the qualities of taste, sight, touch, and sound. Its attributes are cold, wet, heavy, gross, liquid, static, dull, soft, smooth, and cloudy.
  • Earth gives firmness and has the qualities of smell, taste, sight, touch, and sound. Its attributes are cold, dry, heavy, gross, solid, static, dull, hard, rough, cloudy, and dark.

Although some of the qualities are shared by more than one element they exist to different degrees in different elements. For example fire, air, and ether all contain the attributes of being dry, light, subtle, but these are the least subtle in fire and most subtle in ether.

According to this science, there are three primary life forces or energies formed by the combination of these five elements.

These three energies are known as Doshas and classified as follows:

  • Vata Dosha– Ether/Air Elements
  • Pitta Dosha– Fire/Water Elements
  • Kapha Dosha– Water/Earth Elements

Each of us possess a basic nature or constitution, (Prakriti) in whose state of balance or equilibrium is health. Disease arises from a differentiation or degeneration from that basic state of health, (Vikriti).

What happens during a consultation?

The principles and philosophy of Ayurveda will be explained in general to you, so you will understand the diagnosis/prognosis

Thereafter Pulse reading and Diagnosis/personal interview are carried out. Once the pulse reading has been taken a brief explanation as to the meaning and condition of the pulses will be given.

A comprehensive Food list containing information on Food dietetics (items of food that you may eat) that is correct for your Vikriti (current imbalanced state) will be provided and other pertinent instructions will also be given. You will also be provided with a relevant constitution analysis to study.

A comprehensive range of Ayurvedic consultations and treatments are available at our Adelaide centre.

Private Health rebates by accredited Practitioners may apply where eligible.

 

pancha karma

 

Pancha Karma. “Pancha” meaning five and “Karma” meaning therapy or action, refers to an intensive detoxification program using five actions or procedures to remove toxins from the body and mind. It is an ideal and correct solution and is a totally holistic detoxification. This is because it not only works on the physical system but also on the mental, emotional, and subtle energies. “Ayurveda recognises that we are not the same. We are all unique and therefore need something different.”

How Pancha Karma can Benefit You

  • Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind
  • Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness
  • Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to illness
  • Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind thereby slowing the aging process
  • Enhance your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity
  • Bring about deep relaxation and sense of well-being
  • “restorative, healing, corrective and a deeply enlightening rich experience”

About the Retreat

  • Individual Consultation
  • Personalised Pancha Karma or Ayurvedic Program
  • Private accommodation in the quiet, lush, green and beautiful Adelaide Hills
  • Specially prepared Ayurvedic meals
  • Daily personalised treatments
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
  • Evening Ayurveda and Yoga discussions
  • Nature walks
  • Caring and nurturing environment
  • Post retreat support

Your treatment will be designed according to your Dosha imbalance.

Living Life the Ayurvedic way…

 

acupuncture

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture  is part of an integrated system of health care known as Traditional Chinese Medicine and is an external therapy, inserting of fine, sterile needles into acupoints (or in conjunction with Moxibustion) along the body’s meridians. By means of needling, it can stimulate the body and activate the regulating functions of the body to improve and rectify the disturbance and dysfunction of certain organs in the body. Such a therapy not only can treat disease, but also can prevent disease. It is noted for extensive application, significant curative effects and no side effects.

The earliest records of Traditional Chinese Medicine date back to the 8th century BC. Diagnosis and treatment are based on a holistic view of the patient and the patient’s symptoms, expressed in terms of the balance of yin and yang. Yin represents the earth, cold, and femininity. Yang represents the sky, heat, and masculinity. The actions of yin and yang influence the interactions of the five elements composing the universe: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth.

Practitioners of Chinese Traditional Medicine seek to control the levels of yin and yang through 12 meridians, which bring energy to the body. Chinese traditional medicine can be used for promoting health as well as preventing and curing diseases. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses a range of practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicines, manual therapies, exercises, breathing techniques, and diets. Surgery is rarely used. Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture, is the most widely used traditional medicine. It is practiced in every region of the world.

When healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows.

What happens during a consultation?

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners through observable signs of bodily dysfunction look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.

Some benefits of Acupuncture include:

  • provides drug-free pain relief
  • effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being

Private Health rebates by accredited Practitioners may apply where eligible.

 

 

cupping therapy

 

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapeutic method of localised healing. The application of Cupping is very simple but its effects are dramatic. It produces congestion by a partial vacuum, created in cups placed on the skin.

Due to the wonderful pulling power and heat that the cups offer, the technique is dramatic in its reduction of pain and hence our feeling of well-being. It is very helpful in opening the meridians and can also affect the body tissue within up to four inches to release toxins, activate and clear the circulatory and lymphatic systems, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and help to improve varicose veins. It is one of the best deep massages available. It is safe and can be applied using heat or suction in the insertion of the cups.

What happens during a consultation?

A flame is used to remove any air inside the cup; it is then placed rapidly on the area of the body to be treated. This procedure creates a vacuum under the cup, which pulls the skin firmly, slightly raising the area underneath the cup.

Some of the benefits of Cupping include:

  • Relief from pain or stiffness in the muscles and tissues
  • Reduction of painful trigger points
  • Improves flexibility in muscles and overall range of motion
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Relieves stress

Private Health rebates by accredited Practitioners may apply where eligible.

 

reiki

 

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal energy force. It is a healing technique transmitted by energy through the gentle placing of hands on specific positions, either on or above the body. The technique can be used for specific healing or general relaxation. Reiki is a powerful, yet simple natural healing system. Universal energy flows through the Reiki practitioner, spilling out via the heart chakra, through the hands to the recipient. Reiki does not cure in itself, but enhances the life force vitality so the body’s innate healing can be activated and supported to achieve optimum health. Reiki is a powerful complement to all other healing modalities. It will enhance (but not interfere with) other treatments.

A unique feature of Reiki is that it is first and foremost for yourself, making it a resource for spiritual evolution, personal growth, and self-healing and care. With Reiki you may:

  • Lay your own hands on yourself and create optimum daily well-being.
  • Reduce and remove pain.
  • Respond to accidents, emergencies and crises instantly.
  • Protect yourself from a nutritionally depleted and often toxic food and water supply.
  • Protect yourself from negative energy in people and physical locations.
  • Become emotionally strong and mentally aware.
  • Enhance your creativity.
  • Evolve spiritually.

Some of the benefits of Reiki include:

  • It is a simple, safe and natural method of spiritual healing.
  • It promotes recovery.
  • It treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit.
  • It creates a feeling of relaxation, peace and security.

 

massage

 

 

The aim of Massage Therapy is to help create balance in all systems of the body and mind, and to stimulate energy points to promote blood flow to release tension and energy blocks from muscles and deep tissues. The blocks can misalign the muscular and skeletal system.

When the energy points are stimulated, the tension and energy blocks automatically release, allowing the blood, oxygen and nutrients to flow freely again around the physical and organic body. This creates better functioning of all bodily systems and promotes better health.

Touch is a form of communicating with the body. Not only to build trust with people, but also to show we care. The importance of health is to maintain order between the mind, body and emotions. Massage can be used to assist in maintaining this order and help keep the body in a state of ease. Massage combined with other factors such as good eating habits, gentle regular exercise and learning to take time out from work and stress are ways that good health can be achieved.

Some of the benefits of Massage Therapy include:

  • Prevention of “knotting” in muscles (as a result of an injury)
  • Assistance with muscle tone
  • Aid to the circulation in the body
  • Increase oxygen to the body’s blood supply through dilatation of the blood vessels in the different parts of the body
  • Assistance with breathing
  • Deeper more relaxed inhalation and exhalation
  • Stimulation of the perspiration glands of the skin
  • Aiding the removal of dead skin
  • Reduction of gastric discomfort and constipation
  • Relaxation of muscles assisting in chiropractic and physiotherapy
  • Easing of muscular pain
  • Inducing a state of relaxation which alleviates both mental and physical tension
  • An increase in vitality on all levels – physical, mental and emotional
  • There are a variety of massage specialisations. The following provides an overview of our massage therapies. We encourage you to speak with us regarding your needs so that we are able to recommend appropriate treatments.

Private Health rebates by accredited Practitioners may apply where eligible.

 

counselling

Support your mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing with our confidential counselling services. Our qualified counsellor, Uduma, will offer you a personalised support plan focused on sustainable and practical strategies that empower you. Uduma offers a safe environment for exploration of vulnerabilities, the development of strong willpower and resilience to overcome issues. He integrates tools such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Behavioural Therapy (BT), Graded Exposure, and Behavioural Activation Therapy to support individuals. Initial consultations and follow-up sessions are 1 hour each in duration.

skin solutions

 

Beauty is a timeless quality that we all possess. Outer beauty may be seen in our skin, hair, and eyes, in our movements and posture, and in our freshness and vitality. This outer appearance is intimately linked to our inner beauty which relates to our power of digestion and elimination, and to living our life in a supportive and positive way that brings out our strengths. Enhancing our beauty comes from self-knowledge which comes about by understanding our nature (our individual and unique constitution). True and lasting beauty manifests as wisdom and skill in the way we live our lives.

Just as each and every one of us is unique so must all we do be tailored to our individual needs. In Ayurveda it is understood that outer beauty comes first from inner beauty, understanding and accepting our self, and developing a life-style that is correct and compatible for us as unique individuals. This includes what we put on our skin as this too becomes food for the body and must suit us.

Numerous Ayurvedic herbal combinations have been used effectively in the treatment of skin conditions and for the promotion of a clear and healthy complexion. More recently many of these treatments have been comprehensively studied by scientists and some excellent clinical findings now allow us to utilise this knowledge of the past. This is the root cause of any inner and outer disturbances. Once the root cause is addressed many of the symptoms that are being experienced may drop away. Many modern skin care products are “cosmetic” in the way they work – meaning to ‘cover up’. They are mostly created to work on symptoms such as dry skin, oily skin, acne, etc. without consideration to what the root cause of these problems is.

Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food’:

Just as we have to be very particular with what we eat and when we eat and how much we eat etc.; it is equally important to understand the nature and qualities of your Skin Care products as they are but ‘food’ too. This is what we have aspired to achieve with our Skin Care products, not only food for your skin but food for the whole being…

Lifestyle Management:

The traditional application of Ayurveda is focused primarily on a Lifestyle management approach and this is the most important factor in terms of stability. Lifestyle is everything and anything that affects you and because you are unique it must be correct and compatible for you.

What are the benefits for me?

AWE Cosmeceuticals aims to encompass the teachings of this ancient wisdom and incorporate it into a modern skincare system which provides visible, long-lasting results for truly rejuvenated skin. These products work at the root level and not superficially. Thus though it takes a little longer for effective results, the results once obtained will remain as part of you and your life.

So you can expect long term and long lasting benefits and not just improvement of your skin quality. The approach is holistic; where you are recognised, respected, and cared for as a unique individual.