Intellectual Pursuits





Designing your Whole-istic Life

The elements of your journey will support your physical and mental health so that you may have a whole-istic life.  The elements are the building blocks of your wellness plan. 


Neti Pot

The neti pot is a tool used for nasal irrigation with saline solution.  The practice removes excess mucous, snot and environmental irritants from the nasal passages while alleviating sinus pressure in the head.  It is an Ayurvedic preventative care practice that keeps the filtration system of the body clean. 

Seek the guidance of your Ayurvedic practitioner to learn how to use the neti pot safely and effectively.

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Oral Care

Beyond daily flossing and brushing your teeth, Ayurveda recommends regular use of the tongue scraper and gum oil for oral care.  Healthy digestion is one of the three pillars of longevity in the Ayurvedic system.  The mouth is the opening of this system and is where food is chewed, diluted by digestive juices and taste is registered.  Maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue are therefore considered important in achieving healthy digestion.  

Gum oil is a specific blend of oils and herbs for maintaining healthy gums.  Massaging gum oil onto your gums followed by swishing it around your mouth reduces bacteria in the mouth and hydrates the gums which reduces gum recession. 

The tongue scraper is a tool used to remove post digestive debris and bacteria that causes bad breath.  Using it also improves your sense of taste.  Tasting your food informs the lower digestive system of what is coming down and allows the optimal environment to be set up for optimal digestion.  A metal tongue scraper will provide a better edge to remove ama and is recommended over a plastic one.  Oral care will be incorporated into your wellness plan.

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Ayurvedic Self-Massage

The skin is our largest sensory organ.  The Ayurvedic system emphasizes skin as the organ connected to the element of movement because skin registers movement through the sense of touch.  Ayurveda utilizes touch therapeutically to balance overall movement in the body and mind.  Movement in the body dictates the pace of the circulatory, nervous, lymphatic and digestive systems.  In the mind, it is the speed of thoughts. 

There are two types of massage: oil massage or dry massage.  Oil massage regulates movement while also nourishing the tissues of the body with herbal-infused oils.  Dry massage increases movement in the body and mind while also detoxifying the tissues of the body.  The right massage practice for you will be determined during your intake and be part of your wellness plan.

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5 Sense therapies 

We experience our environment through our primary senses. We respond to sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. The response might afford us a sense of calm; it might antagonize us.  Employing the Ayurvedic "five sense" practices involving the use of color, music, mantra, aroma, message, and dietary guidance, we will heal both body and mind.    Your Ayurvedic makeup, including any imbalances, will determine the course of this therapy.  We will teach you how to use the five sense therapies effectively, in a healing manner, as part of your new daily routine. 

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Breathing Practices

Your emotions are reflected in your breathing pattern so Ayurvedic therapy emphasizes various practices to derive a benefit from breath.  You may occasionally feel anxious or fearful. You may notice your breath becoming rapid and shallow.  Breathing practices can alter the state of your emotions and alleviate anxiety.  When you feel anxious or angry, try drawing your attention to the movement of inhale and exhale.  Note how this withdraws awareness from the external world and gives your mind a rest from your surroundings.  It draws attention to you body and, thereby, away from the source of your distress.  This simple practice can be life changing for some people.  It is only one of many breath practices that might be employed to help regulate your emotions.

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Meditation is the practice of controlling where your attention is directed.  The particulars of the object of attention are irrelevant.  Ayurveda and yoga explain that there are five main things to pay attention to:  body, breath, thoughts, intuition and sense of connection with the environment.  People commonly place most of their attention on thoughts.  The ultimate goal of meditation is samadhi which is to be aware of all inner and outer activity while simultaneously having the intuition and sensation of absolute connection.  Samadhi is living fully in the the present moment.  Jessica will provide specific meditations to incorporate into your daily self-care routine. 

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The three keys to proper nutrition are: having a healthy digestive system, eating the right combination of foods for your tridosha makeup and eating in a calm environment.  Ayurveda teaches that the root of all disease is when you lack any one of these three components.  During our work together you will learn the practices that will help you achieve proper nutrition.

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Herbal medicine

We make herbal medicine using the modern and ayurvedic approach.  Modern herbal medicine uses herbs according to their chemical constituents and their actions.  Ayurveda uses herbs according to the way they impact the tridosha makeup.  Each approach considers which of the body's systems and tissues the herb impacts as well as the contraindications of taking the herb.  We consider herbal formulation an art that blends together the right herbs in the right amount for the individual and their imbalance.  We will create a unique herbal formulation to alleviate any symptoms you may be experiencing in your body or mind.

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Get the most from your workout by choosing the exercise program according to your Ayurvedic body type.  Your wellness plan will provide you with an exercise program that's best for you.

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