Another great workshop from Helen Harris on Ayurveda and Polarity Therapy Principles for Reflexology. It was a fascinating day and one that I can recommend to any reflexologists in Scotland.
Luckily all of this is very well documented and along with copious notes and appendices there are also laminates and a DVD which covers the practical session. Details of the workshop are at the bottom of the post for those of you who would like more information.
Ayurveda is from the Sanskrit – “Ayuh” meaning long life and vitality and “Veda” meaning knowledge or wisdom.
It was a fascinating day and obviously just a glimpse into another world of thought.
One saying which is usually attributed rather vaguely to Indian scripture is:
“Diseases do not go near one who massages his legs and and feet from knee to toes before sleeping, just as snakes do not approach eagles”
Briefly for those of us who don’t have the inclination to read to the bottom of the post for the full details: the workshop “covered” Ayurveda, chakras, the 5 ayurvedic elements and associations, Polarity Therapy and its links to Ayurvedic theory, Marma points as well as practical sessions using Polarity therapy and Ayurvedic principles in a reflexology context.
My personal favourite during the workshop was learning the technique of Ayurvedic Reflexology foot massage. This is based on the traditional Padabhyanga foot massage.
The lower leg and foot are massaged using warmed sesame oil. The experience was very relaxing, the massage on the foot generally brisker, more mobile and lighter than my normal reflexology session. During this the Marma points are massaged . Marmas on the legs and feet relate to the Earth Element and are thought to help stabilize and ground the individual.
It is important to take in the qualities of earth when you are feeling too warm, ungrounded, chaotic, emaciated, fluidic, lacking in self-esteem, feeling insignificant, irritable with a sharp tongue, vulnerable or if you can not withstand stress.
As part of the massage we used the kasa bowl to massage the leg and the foot.
The Kasa bowl is a bronze bowl which is traditionally used in this type of massage – see Sharon Stathis using a Kasa bowl in the Youtube video here:
Fuller details of the workshop contents:
The workshop was a very full day split into theory and practical sessions both morning and afternoon.
We began with a look at
- the historical beginnings of Ayurveda
- the Ayurvedic concepts of energy
- an in depth look at each of the chakras
- the 5 elements and associations
Also covered during the theory and practical sessions were :
- How to locate the chakras on the feet and hands.
- An insight into the work of Dr Randolph Stone and how his interest in Ayurveda and all his knowledge and training developed into Polarity Therapy .
- Polarity Therapy treats the body’s energy as biomagnetic and incorporates the chakras and the Ayurvedic Five Elements. From this we looked at long – line currents, balancing the Ayurvedic Elements and chakras and also at linking.
- Turning back to Ayurveda we looked at the doshas – the concepts of agni and ama and their effects on the individual.
All in all a very full and most enjoyable introduction to two fascinating topics and loads of ideas to incorporate into treatments.