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A Simple Guide to Ayurveda - The Tridosha system

Ayurvedic Medicine believes that health exists when there is a natural balance between the three basic 'doshas' or 'humours' of the body, which are known as 'Vata', 'Pitta' and 'Kapha'.

It finds that the balance of the three 'doshas' is of vital importance in order for good health and wellbeing to be maintained.

This does not mean that each of the three doshas has to be equal with the others, but that the individual needs to maintain (as far as possible) the original doshic make-up that was inherited at birth.

In modern life with its high levels of environmental pollution, poor diet, the climate in which one lives, the stresses and strains of everyday family and working life, it is all too easy for imbalances to occur in the body.

Ayurvedic treatments work to restore the body's 'homeostasis' or 'balance' thereby improving health and wellbeing in the individual.

Vata is made up of the two elements space and air.

Vata provides the impulse that mobilizes the nervous system. It is the principle of movement governing the body's sensory and motor functions.

Pitta is made up of the two elements fire and water.

Pitta governs body heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. It controls how we digest foods, how we metabolize our sensory perceptions, and how we discriminate between right and wrong

Kapha is made up of the two elements water and earth.

Kapha governs all of the body's structure, including lubrication of mind and body. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and the formation of all new cells and tissues.

Ayurvedic - Kansa Vatki Foot Massage

Kansa Vatki Foot Massage has been introduced to the UK by Narendra Mehta, who has been practicing 'Body Work' for over 25 years and leading Indian Champissage training for over 15 years.

Kansa Vatki Foot Massage is a deeply relaxing treatment that works holistically by rebalancing body, mind and spirit.

Ayurvedic Foot Massage using the Kansa Vatki has been in existence in India for centuries and works on the feet and lower limbs. The feet being the seat of the meridians and many nerve endings, neural receptors and marma points.

The treatment is conducted using a small metal bowl containing copper and zinc, which is lubricated with purified butter (Ghee) or oil, and rubbed against the soles of the feet and lower limbs to create the most relaxing treatment imaginable.

The copper and zinc in the Kansa Vatki bowl are said to be a more powerful combination than even gold and silver in this application.

The Kansa Vatki

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Copper in Ayurvedic is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties in relieving joint pain and Zinc is known for its antiseptic properties in treating and preventing skin disorders.

As in reflexology, which targets 'reflex' points, corresponding with bodily organs and systems, Kansa Vatki Foot Massage gives attention to massaging 'Marma Points', an important part of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Marma points are found where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet up. There are 107 Marma points, which form vital energy channels running throughout the body. Several of these Marma Points are targeted on the legs & feet (the true seat of 'prana' - the body's vital energy), stimulating the body's own innate ability to rebalance and harmonise the 'doshas'.

The seven Chakras (energy centres) cited on the feet (the foundation of consciousness) are also massaged during the treatment to balance the soul.

Regular treatments using Kansa Vatki have been found beneficial to those suffering gastric ailments, diabetes and skin disorders

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While collagen reduces the wrinkles and improves your skin's appearance (a pleasant benefit) you won't care about your feet and ankles that much. Instead, you might end up with poor base and ankle support, leading to instability, for instance if your body does not produce enough collagen. And as your feet and ankles support your ability to walk and run, sprains, breaks or fractures do not make it fun. Collagen has scientific research which enhances its efficiency. One study showed a significant increase of the stability of the ankles when ingestion of particular collagen peptides. The subjects were not only more stable, but also less ankle sprains and ankle injuries than subjects not supplemented with collagen for three months were shown. GHK-CU’s Collagen production

The Physical Benefits of Kansa Vatki Foot Massage

The Mental Benefits of Kansa Vatki Foot Massage

  • Relaxes tired feet and legs

  • Improves blood & lymphatic circulation

  • Improves mobility in lower limbs

  • Improves condition of ligaments and muscles of the lower limbs

  • Relieves tired eyes and brings relief from eyestrain from prolonged computer use

  • Calms the mind and body

  • Enhances mental activities

  • Induces sound sleep

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves mood

  • Relives tension and increases a sense of wellbeing

This video shows a Kansa Vatki Bowl in use during Ayurvedic Massage - the treatment demonstrated does not necessarily depict the exact method of that offered on this website (which is normally done with the client lying supine)

Valerie Lowe has trained with Narendra Mehta MBE at the London School of Indian Champissage and is happy to introduce clients to this wonderfully relaxing therapy. Please call 01233 623711 for a treatment in Ashford Kent or email by clicking on the contact link below.

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