had the absolute pleasure of receiving not one, but two ancient Ayurvedic treatments from Andrea Emmerich.
One was abhyanga massage and the other was shirodhara. When I left Andrea’s studio, my muscles
were like jello and I was abuzz with calm, positive energy. This was yesterday and I’m anxious to
tell the world about it today.
Andrea is THAT skilled. You
are an Ayurvedic healthcare practitioner.
Could you tell me about your training?
I received my certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
from the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley. After 2 years of
academic studies, I did a 1-year clinical internship in practice. During this
time we had to write and analyze the pathogenesis of patients and perform
consultations consisting of intake, report of findings, treatment plans and
follow-up visits. This was the most effective part to build a practice after
finishing my studies. We documented everything and worked with an internship
supervisor. This was challenging
but made us very precise and detailed practitioners in our observations and
hence lead to satisfying results in healing. I also
completed a panchakarma training with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute
in Albuquerque, NM. Further I deepened my knowledge in pulse diagnosis taught
by Dr.Lad's protege Vijaya. I continue to educate myself with workshops,
literature and participating in the ayurvedic community. What
is panchakarma and why would a person need to do it?
Panchakarma is a mild, yet effective cleanse and rejuvenation
program that rids the body of accumulated toxins that are stored in the deeper
tissues. Even if we live a healthy lifestyle we are constantly exposed to
toxins in the environment around us and from the air, water, food, cosmetics,
negative thoughts and emotions. It is one of the pillars of health to
seasonally detox on a cellular level to get body. mind and spirit back into
I complete a panchakarma, I would most likely want to stick with
some of the principles of ayurveda. Name five things every Ayurvedic
kitchen must have.
Yes, when the body is back in balance it craves the things that
maintain that. Balance is very dynamic and we have to take into account the
seasons, our age, and physical location. Here are the things you want to always
have in your kitchen: organic lemons to make a hot lemon water first thing in
the morning to activate the body's detox process; fresh ginger to make ginger
tea or water to sip throughout the day. It increases circulation and helps
digestion; ghee (clarified butter) is best to cook with. When sauteeing spices
in ghee their therapeutic properties that are lipid-soluble get released and
make your food medicine. Basmati
rice and mung beans are the other must-haves. Mix them with an equal portion of rice and cook a
kitchari. Kitchari is often
referred to as the chicken soup of India. It is a complete meal that will
provide you with the needed nutrients in a perfect combination and it is very
easy to digest. How
often should a person do a panchakarma?
Ideally you would do a panchakarma cleanse 2 times a year. The
best times are spring and fall, after the big seasonal changes. But one time a
year at least. I
loved my shirodhara and abhyanga treatments from you. Please explain it to my readers.
Shirodhara is a very powerful and rejuvenating treatment for the
central nervous system. It is a stream of warm herbal oil continuously flowing
over the third eye point which makes your mind and thoughts surrender and
allows us to feel the deepest level of relaxation and bliss. Abhyanga is a warm
herbal oil massage applying long rhythmic strokes aligning the energetic flow
within the body. At the same time it mobilizes the toxins from deep within the