The Beginner's Guide to Ayurveda


Spa Sophia is proud to be one of the few places in Los Angeles to offer Ayurvedic treatments. On top of the Ayurveda Massage, our resident massage therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner Megan Darwin offers treatments such as Nasya, Abyhanga, Therapeutic Steam and an Ayurvedic Detox Program . Want to know what exactly Ayurveda is, and why it's so good for you? Read our little Beginner's Guide to Ayurveda...

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old lifestyle philosophy and comprehensive natural healing system from India. It's a Sanskrit term and means "science of life" or "practices of longevity." Ayurveda is all about the person as a whole, physically, mentally and spiritually, and teaches that these three things are intricately connected. Ayurveda also emphasizes a person's place in his or her environment, and the world. Through natural medicinal treatments, mediation, nutrition, yoga, massage and essential oils Ayurveda aims to prevent and cure diseases and help you live a balanced life to reach your fullest potential.

Three Elements of Ayurveda

In Ayurveda there are three doshas, which are biological forces in the body believed to govern life. Pitta includes the elements fire and water, which are responsible for heat, appetite and digestion, while Kapha is characterized by the elements earth and water, which are responsible for structure and stability. Vata is the biggest life force and derives from the elements of space and air, which constitutes the energy of movement. When the three doshas are in harmony, you are in optimum balance and health. Symptoms of mental and physical illnesses are seen as doshic imbalances, which can be healed through Ayurvedic medicine and therapy.

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Ayurvedic practitioners believe mental and physical health are inextricably connected, and equally important. Since Ayurveda places big emphasis on our place in the world around us, things like changes in weather, society, economy, lifestyle, diet, work, financial status, emotions and relationships are also considered. That's why Ayurvedic healing - on top of herbal treatments - almost always includes lifestyle interventions. Think of a healthy diet, sleep pattern, and yoga, but also skin care and hygiene.

Contemporary Ayurvedic Treatments

Contemporary Ayurvedic practitioners, such as Spa Sophia's Megan Darwin, focus on attaining a healthy metabolic system, maintaining good digestion and releasing toxins. The combination of specific massage techniques, diet, oleation, lymph drainage, steam and purgation makes Ayurvedic cleansing an incredibly comprehensive and successful process for detoxifying and rejuvenating the entire system.

Ayurvedic Massages

Ayurvedic massage with warm therapeutic herbal oils can open up the channels in our bodies through which all of our fluids flow. Without healthy flow, these channels will accumulate toxins that will eventually lead to disease. Spa Sophia offers several Ayurvedic massages with essential oils, that will leave you feeling totally relaxed and renewed. Here are just some of the benefits of Ayurvedic massages: Building immunity, decreasing stress, cleansing the body, achieving overall balance, improved sleep and glowing skin. Want to discover Ayurveda in Los Angeles at Spa Sophia? Book a treatment online, email us, or call (310) 564 6676to set an appointment! For more information on the 5 Day Ayurvedic Detox Program, email Megan directly at