I am turning 50 next month. Wow, that feels really weird to type. However, it’s true. And as it seemed somewhat monumental, I uncharacteristically asked my beloved for a BIG present… a trip to The Raj. The Raj is an aryuvedic health spa in Fairfield, IA (of all the unlikely places). I went on this adventure with my dear maman, who has been wanting to go there for many a moon.
Ayurveda translates as “knowledge of life”.
On our first full-day we each met with aryuvedic health expert, Mark Toomey. The appointment begins with an aryuvedic pulse assessment. Aryuveda utilizes many pulses to determine an individual’s doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), sub-doshas, and to determine any imbalances.
The vata dosha governs bodily functions to do with movement. Pitta’s main activity is to control the chemical transformation processes. Kapha is mainly concerned with bodily structure. Once an aryuvedic health expert has done the pulse assessment, they are then able to make individualized dietary, lifestyle, and treatment recommendations for strengthening the body’s healing abilities and promote balance.
It didn’t take Mark long to ask me if I had kids–he said I had the pulse of a “harassed mum”. Um yes, and yes! My predominant dosha is kapha, with vata/pitta not far behind. My dosha imbalances are in vata & kapha. With this information Mark was able to create a personalized treatment plan for my stay (treatment details coming in part three of this series). To learn more about aryuveda and take a quiz to find your dosha(s), check out: http://www.mapi.com/
I mentioned The Raj is in Iowa. It is a lovely destination–a hidden gem nestled among the corn fields. Funny story: as we were driving there our GPS kept taking us on “Level B Roads”. Here are some pictures from the last harrowing leg of our journey, completed with our gas needle pointing at ‘E’ and lots of laughter!