The Yawn Factor

imageOne of the things that I’ve always found so incredibly boring, are repeated posts about traditional conventional massage and other stuff like that.  As a person I guess Ive always gone outside the norm – looking to  check out and explore new ideas and perspectives on life.  This is really how I got involved in Traditional Indian Massage therapies & Ayurvedic Healthcare.  One day I decided that my career as a social worker was not fulfilling me any more, and so I handed in my resignation and went off to India for a few months.  Now you’re probably thinking, this is what most teenagers do-you know, take a gap year. Well let me tell you, I was 50 years old when I did this and believe me! It was the best thing I’ve ever done.   This is a blog that I’m 100% sure you’re going to enjoy!  Just drop me a line and let’s enjoy the journey together


Wave goodbye to the pain of fibromyalgia with Ayurveda

imageFibromyalgia: In Fibromyalgia as with rheumatoid arthritis, AMA is a main element that causes the ailment. This doesn’t mean the conditions are the same, but it does mean they have the same root cause.  Ama is the build up of toxic waste from undigested food. Udvartana (powder or warm oil massage) reduces kapha (access mucus) and ama of the body, so it  can be the best therapy for reducing symptoms and inflammation of the joints and muscles.
Udvartana is a beautifully relaxing but incredibly therapeutic massage that is traditional to Indian healthcare. Udvartana does not resemble conventional massage at all. It’s correct name Ruksha Udvartana is more advantageous in the ailment such as rigidity with feeling of heaviness, joint tenderness with redness, etc.
Udvartana is an amazing treatment for the alleviation of symptoms & sometimes cure of Fibromyalgia.

Top Tip for Reducing Anxiety


We all experience anxiety from time to time, but sometimes it feels like we are losing control. Most of you will know exactly what I’m talking about, that moment where you’re so overwhelmed you can’t catch your breath. Heat can be a big factor, you feel like you’re suffocating – well here’s a really valuable tip to reduce it instantly.  Sit down and cup your hands loosely over your nose and mouth as if it were an oxygen mask.  Breathe in slowly counting to 7 and then out slowly to the count of 11. Repeat this 3 times and your anxiety will reduce.

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Combat Arthritis With Ayurveda


Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), amavata in Ayurveda, is an autoimmune disease causing chronic inflammation of the joints and tissues around the joints, and in other organs. Auto-immune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, RA is referred to as a systemic illness. The 2016 market research report classifies RA under inflammatory arthritis. About one of every five people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis get lumps on their skin called rheumatoid nodules. This occurs in four stages and can be diagnosed with blood tests, medical history and imaging. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but there are treatments available to reduce the pain like drugs, physical exercise or surgery.
Types of Arthiritis
* Inflammatory arthritis: Damages affected joints, resulting in pain, stiffness and swelling.
* Degenerative or mechanical arthritis: A group of conditions damaging the cartilage that covers the bones.
* Soft tissue musculoskeletal pain: Pain in tissues other than the joints and bones. This often affects a part of the body following injury or over-use, such as tennis elbow, and originates in the muscles or soft tissues supporting the joints.
* Back pain: Back pain may have a specific cause, such as osteoarthritis — often called spondylosis when it occurs in the spine. A ‘slipped’ disc is another cause of back pain, as is osteoporosis (thinning of the bones).
Most people affected by arthritis don’t even seek help from a healthcare professional and instead manage pain with pain-killers. Increased intake of indigestible, heavy and incompatible foods, having food at improper times, indigestion, intake of milk and milk products, especially yogurt, intake of meat of aquatic animals, lack of physical activity or doing exercise after having fatty foods are some of the common causes of RA.
Thirst, swelling, indigestion, lethargy, pain and stiffness in the body, heaviness in the body, lack of appetite and pain and stiffness in the joints of the hands.
Ayurvedic View
The ayurvedic treatment is focused on uprooting the disease in its entirety and providing a long-term solution, unlike modern medicine, which only suppresses the symptoms. In ayurveda, every patient is recommended a personalised treatment plan, which consists of herbal medicines, diet and lifestyle advice.
Improper food habits and sedentary lifestyle lead to impairment of digestive fire, formation of ama (toxin) and vitiation of vata (air). When a person indulges in vata-aggravating diet and lifestyle, then this aggravated vata circulates ama in the channels of the body and deposits it in the joints, causing Amavata.
Ayurvedic treatment of RA starts with pacification of vata and elimination of toxins from the body.  Ayurvedic Massage is often administered to improve the digestive fire and prevent further formation of ama.  Abhayangha warm oil  massage therapies are useful.–cut-down-the-inflammation.html

Here are some great Ayurvedic tips on foods that may cure or prevent Arthritis

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Bring Down the Blood Pressure With Ayurvedic Massage


Hypertension or high blood pressure, affects one in three adults in the UK.
Many lifestyle factors contribute to hypertension, including cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of regular exercise, an unhealthy diet and being overweight. Usually, blood pressure tablets are used to try and bring the pressure down to an acceptable level. Stopping smoking, cutting down alcohol, regular exercise & losing weight can help, but there’s also another key factor in regulating blood pressure – Stress. Stress is one of the biggest killers in the UK, and an increasing number of people are now turning to massage as an immediate & effective stress reliever. A study looking at the effects of Ayurvedic Massage for people with hypertension, showed a significant decreases in both diastolic and

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Ayurveda & Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have: increased sensitivity to pain. fatigue (extreme tiredness) muscle stiffness.  Often painkillers – although great in the long-term, will keep you stuck in the cycle of dependency. Once your body develops a tolerance to the pain relief, you need something stronger and so on. After all this, your Fibromyalgia remains the same.  Indian Ayurvedic Massage is gentle, nurturing moving deep into the affected tissue. If you’ve become disillusioned with your usual path of pain relief why not compliment it with Traditional Indian Ayurvedic Massage.

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Ayurveda & The Power of Touch


Before we understand a single word, we understand and recognize physical touch from others. A baby can distinguish a mother’s arms wrapped around him from a strangers arms. Children explore the world with their hands & mouth before they become aware of their eyes and ears. They recognise a gentle touch can offer comfort, a soft nudge directs them from harm etc. These lessons stay with us, even though we tend to ignore or deny them as adults.
Nonverbal communication is highly studied in psychology, looking at body language and non-word sounds etc. Only recently has touch been added to the list, but scientists are discovering that we lean on our first language more than we thought. Every

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Traditional Indian Ayurvedic Massage Healing


Spirituality plays a key part of everything I do, in my work & private live. Usually when I’m undertaking a massage healing session, energies are channelled which in turn help to guide and assist in the healing that I provide.
The gift of healing is a peculiar and complex thing. It’s difficult to explain how it works or how I am able to provide this. The only thing I can say with absolute certainty, is that those who come to visit me find it makes a difference.
My work is deeply influenced by Hindu and Indian philosophy, and Ayurvedic massage still remains India’s oldest traditional form of healthcare.
Ayurveda is unique, because unlike western medicine it works with the body as a

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The Spirituality of Ayurvedic Massage By Julie Kelly

Ayurvedic massage is a form of massage reaching all the internal organs and tissues. Whilst very soothing and comforting, it also allows the detoxifying process to take place to a far greater degree than most of us recognize.  Understanding how this works will help you to benefit wholeheartedly from your massage.


Ayurvedic Oil Massage
De-toxification or purification is about removing toxins and those matters that obstruct the proper and effective functioning of not only the physical organs and tissues but also of the mind/emotions.  Often we suffer due to the inability to understand or accept the mental/emotional state we are put in or put ourselves in. Words uttered by close ones can stay with us causing confusion, becoming unforgiving and painful which then leads to hatred. It’s often the same with a medical diagnosis we don’t understand.  Even though we feel stuck in such situations, angry at the position it’s placed us in – there’s lots we can do but the impact of uncertainty and despair often leads to major imbalances of the mind/emotions. We think we are living a ‘good life’ but, with such subtle issues unrecognized or unwilling to recognize them, this will eventually cause some form of dis-ease to manifest. This dis-ease can be of any nature, depending on the Dosha and ‘Lifestyle’ of the individual.

You can see that toxins can be formed through the mind and emotions.  During the process of Ayurvedic massage, where the application of herbal and special oil is combined with continuous long strokes and heat, such stubborn toxins move from the subtle areas of the mind and emotions. Deep-seated mental/emotional pains and issues, left unattended or even forgotten, but still ‘there’ will ‘move’ with this kind of massage. When this happens, the patient-client will start to realize this process and will want to shed these negative feelings. Some may experience this in the form of crying or sadness or heaviness. When this passes one feels very relieved as if a burden has been lifted resulting in feeling lighter.  Mental/emotional issues can include a million matters and for each person one may be more important than the other.  Ayurvedic massage is called ‘Snehana’ meaning love and compassion. It allows one to experience the deep and natural feeling of love of One’s Self and respect for those around. When toxins begin to move in massage, the various feelings should be allowed to be experienced and not denied. If one denies such experiences, then one is not allowing the toxins to be removed.  In Ayurvedic massage, due to the purpose of the patient needing to experience the movement of such physical, mental and emotional toxins, talking is greatly discouraged. One is left to experience that which is taking place to its fullest and only then it becomes a de-toxifying therapy. This is one of the things that set it apart from other massage therapies (though in no other massage therapy is talking encouraged). Yes, the client-patient is of course encouraged to talk about any experiences with the physician/consultant for clarification on another day. It is, however, important the person rests immediately after massage.

The method of massage in Ayurveda is deep and with long flowing strokes. This continuous flow not only gets the oil deeper into the tissues but is also symbolic of the continuous process of detoxification and flow of knowledge of Ayurveda to you, thus allowing you to see your correct nature.

Ayurvedic massage is not only holistic in nature but it is also a ‘Holy’ process where you, in the form of the body, and mind/emotions are recognized and respected as the very TRUTH.

Let’s Blog About It!

It’s always great when we hear about something new happening in our community. It gives me a real buzz to hear that somebody stepped outside the box  and used their skills for the greater good. Don’t you just love hearing about things like this?  Well most of us do, but would you believe that not too long ago somebody created a newspaper  telling only good news and do you know what happened? Nobody bought it. This is why I decided to put this blog out there. So let me start by telling you what I’m doing, then I’d love to hear your stories and comments.   So at the moment, I run my own practice here in Rochdale Greater Manchester with women who are going through different health problems. I spent a long period of time in India studying traditional Indian healthcare (Ayurveda) and so this is the method I use.  You can find my details below about my work but now it’s your turn, why not post your stories and what you’re doing in the world to make life easier and brighter.  Can’t wait to hear from you!