Karen Murtagh

Ayurveda

Do you want a natural way of taking care of you and your family’s health that doesn’t cost a fortune?  You can maximize the quality of life for you and your family through food choices, daily routines, and exercise that will benefit and not deplete you, career choices that will fulfill you and yoga the suits your body type as well as your time of life.

Ayurveda, a system of natural health,  is the sister science to Yoga.  Health and longevity developed from ancient times to the present day to enhance quality of life.  Ayurveda includes the whole person (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) in its assessment of your constitution (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) and of any imbalances you may presently have (vikriti).

For example, do you (or a loved one) seem quite ungrounded at times, jittery and unable to sleep?  How can Ayurveda help without costing a lot of money?  Food choices like warm oatmeal for breakfast; nightly foot massage with warmed sesame or almond oil; and a drink of warm milk CAN help!  OR, do you (or a loved one) suffer from inflammatory issues, skin rashes and impatience?  Food choices like lime water (instead of lemon), cilantro and cucumbers; massage with coconut oil (especially on the head); and cool drinks CAN help!  OR, have you (or a loved one) had a lifelong struggle with weight gain and phlegm related issues and sometimes feel lethargic?  Food choices like lemon, ginger & honey water in the mornings, buckwheat and goat cheese vs. cow cheese; dry brushing in the morning before a shower; and warm-hot liquids CAN help!

Ayurveda has  several different areas of focus as well as levels of Practitioners. Ayurveda integrates all forms of healing and encourages you to find what works best for you at this time.  You may see a Naturopath, a Nutritionist, a Medical Doctor and still employ Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations.

  • What time is best for me to go to bed at night/wake up in the morning to maximize energy?
  • What vegetable oil would be best for daily self-massage? And, why do a daily self-massage?
  • What kinds of foods best suit my dosha?
  • Why do I get so hot-headed at times?  How can I set myself up for the best me?
  • Why am I  lethargic?  Are there things I can do to energize myself?
  • Why am I fearful and scattered?  What are some strategies to ground myself?

Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultations

Meeting once we determine your Ayurvedic constitution (vata, pitta or kapha) and, perhaps more importantly, your vikriti (or present imbalances).   I will outline some easy general Ayurvedic lifestyle regimes to maintain balance and enhance your well-being.  You can pick one to begin and add one each week or make all the changes at once.  What kinds of changes?  Here are some examples:  types of oils to use for your daily massage; best bedtime and wake-up times work for your type; what to focus on in your yoga practice or what kind of exercise works best for you; foods – what kinds, how to prepare, what time to eat even, etc.  Sometimes just simple tweaks in diet, lifestyle regime or exercise can make a big difference in how you feel!  One size does NOT fit all!

Follow-up appointments are available as well as frequent ayurvedic tips on facebook, books to read, websites to find more information and so on.

Appointments Available: Monday Afternoons, Tuesdays and Fridays (some Saturdays).

Ayurveda Massage

Using either herbal blends or essential oil blends, Ayurvedia Massage is a systematic relaxation massage using techniques specific to your Dosha or your doshic imbalance.  Recommendations for continued benefits are given.  This is a very relaxing style of massage as well as therapeutic.  It is usually recommended that you do not make busy plans for after your massage but rather set it at a time when you can go home and relax (as best as you can).

Appointments Available: Tuesdays and Fridays (some Saturdays).

Qualifications:  I have graduated as a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist from the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania and am continuing my education to increase what I can offer you.  I also did some study of Ayurveda at Caish in Toronto during training in Ayurveda Massage as well as through Correspondence with David Frawley.