Ayurveda: Misconceptions & Answers from an Expert

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Ayurveda and marma therapy are two of the oldest healing practices. Dr. Taz MD highly recommends these services, which can be booked at our spa or at the center, for relaxation, dealing with grief or negative emotions, and just feeling your best self. She has worked with our Ayurvedic specialist Gedalia Genin since she opened CentreSpringMD eight years ago.

Although they are so highly beneficial, there are still many misconceptions about these practices. So we asked Gedalia to shed some light on these holistic forms of therapy!

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is personalized health care that gives you energy and vitality, clarity and focus, as well as joy and purpose. Ayurveda is an integrative wellness approach using natural modalities to heal body, mind and spirit, such as essential oils, meditation, proper breathing and daily lifestyle habits to promote longevity and prevent disease.

What is Marma Therapy?

It is like reflexology for the whole body. It uses gentle pressure along the body to enhance energy flow and unblock stuck energy. A tuning fork is also used to allow the breath to flow more easily as well as gemstones on the chakras to balance emotions. The main benefit of Marma is that it helps to change one’s perception – a key component in mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being!

Is this only for people who have suffered loss or are grieving?

Absolutely not. Marma is the oldest anti-aging therapy. When energy flows freely, one has more energy, better skin, improved outlook and a sense of feeling grounded and centered.

Who can participate?

I work with women and children, over 8-years-old. Marma is a beneficial therapy for everyone. We each have our own mental/emotional patterns that affect our physical health. Marma is like getting a “tune-up” for your entire being. Marma is not done during the first two days of the menstrual cycle, or after the first trimester of pregnancy.

Is it similar to acupuncture?

Yes, acupuncture stemmed from Marma point therapy, but marma does not use needles. It also works with the “chakras” while acupuncture works with meridians.

Can you do acupuncture at the same time?

Yes, many clients do both, alternating one week of acupuncture and one week of Marma. Some choose to receive both therapies in the same day. If planning on the same day, allow time for rest and integration after your sessions.

What is included in the first session? New Patient visit?

A review of current health concerns followed by a tongue and pulse diagnosis to determine your unique body type according to Ayurveda. A brief Marma session will be included to bring balance and clarity, along with specific recommendations, be it foods, essential oils, meditation, or breathing.

What can a new client expect to walk away with after their first session?

Ayurveda does not treat, diagnose or prescribe medications. You will receive a chakra chart, and specific simple daily rituals that will enhance your health over time. Some examples are oils, foods, exercise, breathing, specific yoga posture, and meditation. My sessions are personalized and unique for each individual. Everything is tailored to enhance the protocols you might already be engaged in from your treatment plan with your provider. I like to offer the best things you can do for health that are simple and easy. You will receive a path to wellness plan at this session.

How does someone get the most out their sessions with you?

By following the recommendations from the sessions and being open to allow whatever is in the way of whole health to be present.

Practically, best to be hydrated and to have eaten a little something before having a Marma session (not a full stomach). You may wear comfortable clothes so that you can relax more. If you do not want oil in your hair, please indicate at the beginning of the session. It is best not to go to loud places after a session and to just allow some time for integration.

Come with a willingness to truly heal. What we often call negative emotions are simply doorways to our gifts and even creativity!


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