WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Sonam spends one hour with each new patient/person. He always asks a lot of questions initially to ascertain the pattern of disharmony and imbalance.
The symptoms are discussed along with any current remedies being used, including the diet, exercise pattern, family history, sleep schedule, as well as lifestyle, relationships, employment, activities, and potential stressors within that frame.
An individual may expect expert care based on compassion and informed by the ancient and universal truths revealed to us by the wisdom of Pan-Asian medicine.
An initial session will begin with a brief explanation from Sonam of the basic tenets common to all of the ancient Asian healing traditions.
As in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda is predicated on a theory of five elements, corresponding to the five senses. We then come to understand how these five interact to create the three constitutional types (doshas), of Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water). *
Knowledge of one’s own constitutional type is a key to understanding oneself and others, as well as a key to success on the yogic path of spiritual practice.
Each of us has all three of the “climate-qualities” in us at all times; it is simply a matter of coordinating how they can work together harmoniously!
The purpose of your visit is to discern the pattern of any disharmony and suggest myriad ways to antidote the discordant pattern. This is a perfect example of the genius of Ayurveda.
An individual diet or exercise pattern can create an excess of hot or cold or damp or dry. Once the patient/person realizes their particular pattern of qualities and the way to balance them, the method of healing becomes clear!
The primary question that needs to be answered is, “Is the person in excess or are they deficient?”
For example, if the patient/person has an excess condition, they might present with a forceful pulse, loud voice and hyper-functioning of the organs. If the patient/person is deficient in “ener-chi” then they may exhibit low energy, weak pulse, and pale complexion.
Sonam fondly refers to clients as patient/person often because clearly seeing our own pattern of disharmony and taking remedial steps is a process… Patience is required! When the pattern is superficial, symptomatic relief tends to come more quickly. When the pattern of disharmony is deeply rooted, it simply takes longer to dig it out!
Two of the best things about seeing Sonam are that he will write all the findings down for you, and educate you about yourself!
* Further information can be found at AYURVEDA – THE BASICS on this site.