Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, literally means ‘knowledge of life’. Its ancient teachings were first written down more 5,000 years ago, and like other models of holistic medicine, it has the overall health of the human in mind: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Ayurveda assumes that we consist of three subtle life-energies, also called doshas, namely Vata (air + ether), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water and earth). Each of us is born with a unique balance of these three doshas, which is our constitution, our true nature. During our lives, environment, diet, stress, trauma and various other factors can bring the doshas out of balance, making us vulnerable to disease. The aim of Ayurveda is to go back to that original state, by means of massage, marma points, herbs, diet and way of thinking and living. If we follow our constitution, our true nature, ultimately listening to our own bodies, we can resist disease, and create the basis for a long and happy life.