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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

Manasa Ayurveda offers both online and face-to-face consultations undertaken by a highly qualified Ayurvedic consultant and UK registered mental healthcare professional.

You will be provided with a complete assessment of your physical, behavioural, emotional and cognitive situation, receive recommendations for your health and wellbeing in a detailed personal report and will have access to recommended self-care resources.

Assessment will include traditional Ayurvedic as well as modern scientific evidenced-based methods to determine your:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure (BP) and Total Cholesterol (TC)

  • Agnibala – digestive function

  • Hydration & caffeine intake

  • Alcohol, tobacco and substance use

  • Physical activity & sleep

  • Smriti – memory & mindful attention

  • Brahmaviharas – the four divine abodes: positive human qualities

  • Prakruti & carita – body constitution & character type

Your personal report will outline the findings of your consultation and assessment. Based on these findings, the second part of your report will give personal recommendations and provide access to our self-care resource pack, online shop and additional sources of support.

Online Consultation

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

Completion of our Mind-Body Assessment

This consists of multiple-choice questions and gives space for you to describe any problems you might have (the form takes around 15-45 minutes to complete). Once submitted, this form is emailed directly to a Manasa Ayurveda therapist for analysis.

Discussion on Assessment Findings

You will book a time convenient for yourself and your therapist to talk by phone. Your therapist will call you at the time you book. During the call (usually around 45 minutes), your therapist will discuss the findings of the analysis and, where helpful, ask further questions.

Personal Report

Once your online consultation is completed, your personal report will be compiled and sent by mail or given to you in person.

Online consultation: £45

Learn about available concessions and payment plans HERE

Full Consultation (online & face-to-face)

Completion of our Mind-Body Assessment

(described above)

Discussion on Assessment Findings

(described above)

Face-to-Face Consultation

As well as the online consultation the your full consultation will include an additional (30 min or 60 min) meeting in person with our Manasa Ayurveda consultant to discuss your current concerns in detail and to complete further clinical assessments such as:

  • Traditional Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis (nadi pariksha)

  • Traditional Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis (jihva pariksha)

  • The CORE Outcome Measure (CORE-OM) [included in our Holistic Well-being Course]

  • National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

  • Accutrend Plus - Total cholesterol test (TC)

  • Character type (carita) assessment [initiated in our Holistic Well-being Course]

Face-to-face consultations are usually delivered in the comfort of your own home in London (we usually cover zones 1-6). Contact us if you would like to know about other options.

Personal Report

Once your full consultation is complete, your personal report will be completed and given to you in person.

Face-to-face consultation (30 minutes): £65

Face-to-face consultation (60 minutes): £75

NOTE: You can also book your face-to-face consultation as part of your Therapy Programme

Learn about available concessions and payment plans HERE

NEW 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)

Learn about available concessions and payment plans HERE

Therapy Programmes

(following your personal consultation)

We offer a comprehensive range of Ayurvedic treatments. Therapy programmes are usually delivered in the comfort of your own home in London (we usually cover zones 1-6). Contact us if you would like to know about other options.

In your personal report (delivered or handed to you in person following consultation) specific Ayurvedic treatments will be suggested. You can book an individual treatment separately (30-60 mins), an individual therapy session (90 mins), or a therapy programme (usually 3 or 6 sessions):

Learn about available concessions and payment plans HERE

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:

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

  • 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 (5 sessions): £60

Learn about available concessions and payment plans HERE

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)