Personal Consultations & Therapy Programmes available at:

75 Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8 0AE. (see map)

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Manasa Ayurveda Consultant: Matthew Aldridge  MA BSc (Hons) THORN BA (Hons) DipHE RMN Dip Ayu. MFHT

Manasa Ayurveda Consultant: Matthew Aldridge MA BSc (Hons) THORN BA (Hons) DipHE RMN Dip Ayu. MFHT

Personal Consultation

You will be provided with a complete assessment of your mental, physical, behavioural, emotional and cognitive situation. Assessment will include traditional Ayurvedic as well as modern scientific evidenced-based methods to determine your:

• diet | āhāra

• digestive strength | agnibala

• physical activity | vyayama

• sleep | nidrā

• signs and symptoms | lakṣaṇa

• memory & mindful attention | smriti

• body constitution | deha prakruti

• mind constitution | manasa prakruti

• character | carita

• Body Mass Index (BMI)

• Blood Pressure (BP)

• Total Cholesterol (TC)

Full Consultation (online & face-to-face)

Full consultation assessment consists of three stages:

1. Online self-questionnaires

2. Follow-up call with Manasa Ayurveda Therapist

3. Face-to-face consultation

Following this thorough assessment process you will receive a detailed personal report with findings and recommendations for your mental health and wellbeing including specific self-care methods, courses and workshops and a personally tailored therapy programme which will be designed with you.

Full Consultation (1 hour 45 mins - online 45 min & face-to-face 60 min) 

Online Consultation

You can also choose to have an online consultation only. This consists of two stages:

1. Online self-questionnaire

2. Follow-up call with Manasa Ayurveda Therapist

Online consultation does not include assessment of body constitution, mind constitution, character, BMI, BP or TC and recommendations for your mental health and wellbeing would be limited to self-care methods.

[Note: online consultation is included within our Holistic Well-being Course]

Online consultation (45 mins)

Therapy Programmes

(following your personal consultation)

Therapy Programmes (3 or 6 session programmes)

Manasa Ayurveda Therapy programmes include (3 or 6) 2 hour one-to-one sessions, usually on a weekly basis. Following your consultation, your therapy programme will be personally tailored and designed with you. It will include Buddhist Āyurvedic counselling (anusāsanī), and will be co-designed with you based on your experiences to include guided meditations, dietary and exercise suggestions, self-care support and direct personal physical therapies (yukthivyapāsraya) such as Shirodhara and many others specifically tailored for you.

6 Session Therapy Programme (6 x 2 hours)

Self-Care Support

(following your personal consultation)

Our supported self-care programmes usually have a focus on:

  • Detox (ama pachana)

  • Diet (ahara)

  • Exercise (vyayama)

  • Sleep (Nidra)

Our self-care support programme includes:

  • Four telephone support sessions with a Manasa Ayurveda Therapist over a three-month period.

  • Online Self-Care Resource Pack containing useful online resources (e.g. personal detox diary).

  • Availability of specialist personally tailored therapy products (found in our online shop).

Self-Care Support Programme (4 x 20 min telephone support sessions)

Additional Sources of Support

GP Practices

If you are not already registered with a GP practice, or would like to change your GP, you have the legal right to choose a GP practice that best suits your needs. You can compare GP practices according to facilities, services, access and performance before you decide. Ask friends, relatives and others you trust for their thoughts and recommendations. Information on how to register with a GP practice is available on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk

Smoking cessation

If you or anyone you know would like to stop smoking there are free smoking cessation services within the NHS.

Mental health crisis

A mental health crisis can mean different things to different people. In a mental health crisis, you might feel so distressed that you want to harm yourself or someone else. You might hear unpleasant voices, or feel that people are watching you or trying to hurt you. At such times it can help to tell someone you trust, maybe a family member or a friend. They can be with you and help you decide what to do. They can also contact services on your behalf.

For urgent help:

Call 111 to speak to the free NHS helpline for anyone with an urgent healthcare need. Tell them if you need a translator. They can:

  • give you self-care advice

  • connect you to a nurse or GP

  • book you a face-to-face appointment

  • send an ambulance, if necessary

  • direct you to the local service that can help you best

  • If you are with someone who has attempted suicide, call 999 and stay with them until the ambulance arrives.

For less urgent help:

  • Speak to your GP. They can put you in touch with local services.

  • Contact the Samaritans - Call for free: 116 123 (24 hours a day) email: jo@samaritans.org

London and national contacts (numbers beginning 0800 and 0808 are free to call from landlines and mobiles. 0300 numbers are local rate)

Holistic Wellbeing Course

8-Week Programme

COURSE DETAILS

How often do we meet? 2 ½ hours per week for 8 weeks (plus personal consultation - online and face-to-face)

Who is the course for? General public (over 18s)

Where is the course? This course will be at the London Buddhist Vihara

How many people on each course? 6-8

COURSE BACKGROUND & SUMMARY

In a safe, friendly and respectful space with a small group of six to eight people, you'll learn how to look after your well-being using a personally tailored Buddhist Ayurvedic approach. 

Starting with an online consultation, and a face-to-face consultation on the first session, you'll develop well-being through physical self-care, behaviour change, meditation and mindfulness.

1.    Eating well & improving digestion (āhāra & agnibala)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve your digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to eat well according to our own mind and body (āhāra)

o   How to practice mindfulness of breathing (ānāpānasati)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the hands (hastaabhyanga udvartana)

2.    Exercise & sleeping well (vyayama nidrā)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve your digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to look after our well-being using exercise (vyayama)

o   How to sleep better using an Ayurvedic approach (nidrā)

o   How to develop loving-kindness towards self and others(mettābhāvanā)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the feet (padaabhyanga)

 

3.    Strengthening & controlling the senses (indriyabala indriyabhigraha)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve our digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to strengthen and control our senses (indriyabala indriyabhigraha)

o   How to practice mindfulness of feelings (vedanānupassana)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic face massage (mukhabyanga) & nasal drops (nasya/sirovirecana)

 

4.    Taking care with actions & developing compassion (sīla karuṇābhāvanā)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve our digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to clarify and commit to what we want our lives to stand for (vrāta)

o   How to act in the ways we value most - in body, speech and mind (sīla

o   How to practice mindfulness in everyday actions (sampajānakārin)

o   How to keep a merit book (puñña-potthaka)

o   How to develop compassion towards self and others (karuṇābhāvanā)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the face (mukhabyanga) & nasal drops (nasya/sirovirecana)*

 

5.    Getting back on our feet (vuṭṭhāna-vidhī)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve our digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to get back on our feet when we feel like we’ve messed things up (vuṭṭhāna-vidhī)

o   How to develop empathic joy (muditābhāvanā)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the head (shiroabhyanga)

 

6.    Understanding and developing our character (carita)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve our digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to understand our own character (carita)

o   How to practice mindfulness of mental states (cittanupassana

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the head (shiroabhyanga)

 

7.   Developing wisdom (paññābhāvanā)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve your digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to see impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and non-self (aniccādukkhaanattā) in our lives

o   How to develop equanimity (upekkhābhāvanā)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic herbal oil compressfor the head (shiropicu)

 

8.   Working with hindrances (pañcanīvaraṇāni)

o   How to remove toxins (ama) and improve our digestive strength (agnibala)

o   How to deal with mental obstacles and hinderances (pañcanīvaraṇāni)

o   How to practice mindfulness of mental activity(dhammanupassana)

o   How to select and blend our own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

o   How to apply Ayurvedic herbal oil compressfor the head (shiropicu)

Contact us if you’d like to find out more about our next Holistic Well-Being Course