AYURVEDA : VITAL VEDA
I had the pleasure last week of experiencing my first Ayurvedic Massage with the very lovely Dylan Smith of Vital Veda. Having had all sorts of different massages throughout my years and in different realms of manual therapy industry, I have to say this was just such a unique, beautiful and nourishing experience. So what is Vedic Massage you ask? (I asked the same when it first came about don’t worry) Well the wonderful Dylan gave me a little more insight into just that and what has led him to offer this incredible treatment to others…
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am Ayurvedic practitioner based where I grew up, Bondi Beach, NSW. It’s pretty much what I am doing all the time, whether it’s treating people, teaching people, studying or living it. After graduating as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and opening my clinic in 2014, I spent a couple years training and working at the Raju Family Clinic in South India which really revolutionised my practice and increased the effects and success rates of my treatments profoundly. I continue to travel back and forth to study at the clinic ( drraju.com). At the moment I am also experimenting with sound healing using the didgeridoo and learning and incorporating more Australian native herbs into my practice (over a thousand Ayurvedic herbs are native to Australia!)
What led you to Ayurveda?
I discovered Ayurveda while doing Panchakarma (an Ayurvedic detox and rejuvenation program) in India. I was at the clinic reading about the Vedic notion of “Dharma” (purpose in life). Reading this chapter was a significant turning point in my life, and my reluctance towards studying architecture (I had completed my first year at the time) became more certain. I loved practicing Yoga and toyed with the idea of becoming a Yoga teacher, but it wasn’t until I met my current teacher, Vaidya, Dr. J.R. Raju (Vaidya means Ayurvedic physician) who suggested that I come study Ayurveda with him. When someone that you respect and admire immensely, someone that you believe is Enlightened makes an offer like this, it is not by chance, you most always will listen, surrender, and leap with action towards that direction with confidence from their guidance.
Were there any personal health conditions you had (and don’t mind sharing) which through Ayurveda you were able to heal?
Before I started practicing the Vedas: (body of knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda are derived), I was expressing anger and aggression, specifically in relationships. This dramatically reduced after I started to practice Vedic Meditation daily, and learning more about how to pacify the fire (Pitta) in me through Ayurveda. These qualities have essentially diminished, and instead I am sharing this ancient wisdom for everyone to utilize, enjoy and experience total wellness and bliss as I have.
What are the more common ailments (if any) do clients come to you for?
Stress, fatigue/low energy, digestive issues and back problems are the big ones.
What is the philosophy behind your treatments?
To restore the memory of the self and health, the innate intelligence and organising power of the mind and body that gets overshadowed by stress and the “habit” of disease. Everyone has the memory of perfect health, most of us were born perfectly healthy. Even if you were not, you still have the cellular intelligence and cellular memory, but we have to enliven it. I don’t directly attend to the disease, but rather enliven the intelligence in the body and strengthen the physiology to rise up and naturally heal itself. Treating the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. I also focus on making the patient aware of their situation so they can be self-sufficient.
If there were 3 things an individual could do each day to balance their dosha (food, movement, oils, etc) what would you recommend?
1. Sip Hot Water. Make this transition and you won’t go back. Sipping hot water melts the ama (toxins), dilates the channels and flushes them out. It is also very good to stimulate lymphatic flow. Frequency matter over quantity. Also, never drink or eat cold foods, they put out the agni (digestive fire). For more info:
2. Go to bed before 9.30-10pm. Sleep is your main bio-rythym. Get it right and it will regulate many things from stress to hormones and energy levels. 10pm is the cut-off time because after that the fire element (pitta) is dominant in the atmosphere, so it will be harder to get to sleep and it will be less restful. It’s also the time when your liver detoxes and you absorb micro-nurtients so it’s important to be asleep. Going to sleep at this time also means having a light and early dinner.
3. Self-Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga). Most of us moisturise our body. Swap that for sesame, coconut or even better medicated Ayurvedic oil. Instead of just applying it, massage the oil into your whole body. This is great to move lymph, circulate blood, tone the body (great exercise!) and most of all pacify the nervous system (since your skin has the more nerve endings than anything on your body). It’s an intimate way of self-respect and to learn about your own body. This is so powerful. Do it yourself and you’ll notice a difference that day or come to the clinic and have it done professionally. Download a Self-Abhyanga poster and learn:
Where can people find you for treatment?
My clinic is in North Bondi, Sydney. I’m also starting to travel more to offer my services. Follow my Facebook page to find out when I’ll be in cities like Melbourne and various parts of the USA.
0451 534 884