Ayurvedic medicine is the world's oldest holistic healing system. It has been used for over 5,000 years to cleanse and restore balance to the body and mind.
Ayurveda is successful in alleviating a wide range of conditions, including skin conditions, painful and heavy menstruation, menopause symptoms, digestive complaints, weight loss, low libido, stress and anxiety.
Jessica Sherlock is a qualified consultant trained by one of the foremost Ayurvedic practitioners in Europe, Dr Deepika Rodriguez.
Through a private one-to-one consultation, Jessica will develop your personalised Ayurvedic treatment plan, including nutrition, lifestyle and herbs, to cleanse, balance and restore your health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic massage therapy is also available.
“After around three months the skin condition almost completely cleared up, I’d say a 90% improvement. I’m now able to re-introduce the foods which I most enjoy but I keep an eye out not to consume too much of the things I now know aggravate my skin condition"
John, Social Enterprise Director, London
“For ten years I suffered from severe migraines and fatigue…as no other medicine worked I felt desperate and tried Ayurveda. It hasn’t been an overnight cure but in the last month, I have seen a real breakthrough. I haven’t been off work sick for ages and I very rarely get migraines anymore. I really recommend Jessica, she will encourage you and takes the whole journey seriously which is refreshing after many a failed attempt with the NHS”.
Sheona, Charity Manager, London
"We could see a difference in the severity of his skin condition [baby] after a couple of weeks. I also generally felt more balanced myself... It's worth giving Ayurveda a go, and Jess is wonderful person to take you through it”
Sally, Finance Director, London
“The next day (following the massage) I woke up feeling extremely grounded and relaxed all day and even a week later felt that there was a groundedness that I still could feel as a result of the massage. My whole body felt deeply nourished by the oils and I loved the smell of the oils”.
Penelope, Baby Massage Teacher, London
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CONSULTATION
An initial consultation lasts one hour and uses a range of diagnostic methods such as pulse, tongue, etc. It also includes extensive discussion of a person's medical history and current lifestyle, for example, favourite foods, exercise, relationships, work and home life. During this time the person’s unique constitution and the “imbalance” that is causing illness will be diagnosed.
Following a consultation, a bespoke treatment plan is given to the patient which involves the use of dietary and lifestyle changes and herbs. Follow-up appointments usually take place after 2-3 weeks. The length of the treatment depends on factors such as how the illness has developed and the type of support needed by the individual to incorporate healing changes into their life.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A MASSAGE
Ayurveda massage has numerous benefits: it removes aches and pains, relaxes the muscles and nerves, it is anti-aging, helps to detox the body, stimulates resistance to disease, promotes a deeper breathing pattern, induces deep sleep, aids healthy digestion, strengthens the skin and makes life more joyful.
Ayurvedic full body massage involves massage of the whole body, scalp and face using abhyanga, a set of specialized techniques: tapping, cupping, rubbing, squeezing, kneading with warm oil. Therapeutic oils are selected according to the constitution of the individual and any imbalance in their doshas. The Marma points are stimulated through gentle pressure to over 100 energy nodes all over the body that tap into the energy channels and mind-body connections. Pinda Sweda, hot poultices made with herbs and rice are used to deeply relax the muscles and reduce aches and pains.
Several years ago I suffered from digestive problems and tried a range of treatments which were unsuccessful. I was drawn to Ayurveda as it shares the same roots as Yoga and stumbled upon Dr Deepika Rodrigo’s highly successful practice in South London. After three months of treatment, I was so relieved to feel well again and this experience inspired me to train to become a practitioner, leaving behind my 15 year long career in the field of environmental sustainability.
Some of those I’ve treated would not have tried an alternative health system like Ayurveda if it weren’t for me and were quite sceptical about the scientific basis for the treatment, however, seeing the benefits first hand they are now converts!
Home visits and appointments by arrangement at Integrated Body Dynamics, N4 4DS (Crouch End) and various other locations. Appointments by arrangement with Jessica. Tel:07792 274 916 email Jessvedalife@gmail.com
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition, Distinction (January 2016) Ayurveda Institute UK
Diploma in Ayurvedic Massage Therapy, (July 2016), Ayurveda Institute UK
MA Leadership for Sustainability (2010)
BA (Hons) Study of Religions (Buddhism) and Social Anthropology (cultural understandings of health) (2004)
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Free introduction to find out more about Ayurveda by telephone (20 mins)
Initial consultation and nutrition plan £55 (1 hour) (herbs at additional cost approx. £20 3 weeks supply where needed).
Follow up consultation £25 (30 mins)
1.5hr Full body massage £80 (body, scalp, and face). Includes marma points, Pinda Sweda hot poultices and therapeutic oils
1/2hr massage head+face or back (£30)
Concessions offered to students and those currently unemployed or on a low income.
Appointments can also be held at 1 Chesholm Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 0DP and via telephone and Skype.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Ad-hoc daytime and evening appointments may be available on request.