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Ayurveda is a healing art and science of life. Ayurveda’s concern is alleviating
both bodily and mental diseases and promoting physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. It
includes eating, living, and moving with the seasons and the 5 elements, balanced self-care, healthy
relationships, and balanced living. It includes learning how to be proactive in one's own health and
life. In its fullest form, Ayurveda is also a path of awakening to Wholeness and integration with all of life.
Scope of Practice
Cary treats and guides people of all ages, including infants and children. She teaches people how to be responsible for their own health and well-being, and how to eat and live with awareness and balance.
Ayurvedic treatments are customized for individual needs, with an initial consultation used to determine the underlying cause of illness, one's base constitution, current physiological and psychological state of the patient, and concerns the individual may have. Personally tailored dietary recommendations and herbal formulas are offered to correct any imbalances, and specialized Ayurvedic body therapies may be scheduled if necessary. Guidance will be given on how to make lifestyle changes. You can also see Cary for health rejuvenation and active prevention, not just when you are ill.
Cary not only treats a variety of challenging health conditions, such as digestive issues, women's health issues, skin problems, allergies, hormone imbalances, thyroid, anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, ADHD, ADD, autism, sleep disorders, hypertension, liver/gallbladder diseases, etc, but also offers preventative care to those that wish to take an active role in their health and well-being.
This infant had an extremely hot liver & severe acid reflux. As you can see here, he is now fully recovered and radiant!
She has supported women to become pregnant, seen mothers through multiple pregnancies, and provides care for their children as they grow up.
Cary has supported her clients through major health issues requiring surgery, and supported their healing process before, and afterward; including Ayurvedic treatments, herbal medicine, and physical rehabilitation at her movement studio.
In working with all aspects of our being, we begin to get glimpses of Wholeness & greater well-being.
Life's Sacred Transitions
Many students and their families have worked with Cary for years.
As a result of this long-lasting relationship and the depth of work in their exchange, they have made requests for her to oversee their transition at the time of death.
In the role of a Spiritual Counselor, she supports her students to
prepare and transition when this moment comes. Per requests, she has been by their bedside supporting this very sacred transition.
After the loss of a loved one, she provides support for their family and community. In holding the process and supporting the flow of grief, deep healing is made possible.
A very happy young lady, just after having received a Marma Point massage and some playful dancing together. Healing happens when life-force enery is flowing and the heart is supported.
Cary teaches how to live in accordance with the shifting seasons, how to nourish oneself with whole foods to heal and strengthen the body, and self-care practices that promote health and longevity. All of these based on the 5,000 year old wisdom of Ayurveda.
She teaches how to prepare food and cook in a healthful way according to the season. Many of her students have become excellent cooks-all based on Ayurveda's unchanging wisdom.
Her students learn how to take care of themselves & strengthen their life-force energy.
The Healing Power of Nature
She takes people into nature, and teaches them the power of being in relationship with the natural world.
Meditation & Contemplation
They learn how to respect and value this precious aspect of life from which many of us have become disconnected, and begin to understand how good health depends on this relationship to the natural world being nurtured.
On these adventures, they learn how to draw on the healing power of the 5 elements and to restore health to their body, minds and inner life.
Cary teaches the power of meditation, contemplation and communion with the Inner Sacred Source.
In classes and retreats, we learn to become aware of your senses. We are educated on how the cause of many health problems arises from the misuse of our senses.
Cary teaches how when we abuse the senses we lose connection to the source of health. We learn how to use them consciously, restoring our senses to a state of healthful relationship with the world we live in.
On a residential retreat at early morning practice, we are learning how to start our day caring for the sense organs.
Through this they are learning how to draw on the healing power of awareness.
A visit to our healing clinic is not just a conversation or diagnosis, but rather an authentic learning experience.
Cary's patients often learn how to cook a nourishing meal as part of their personal support-a foundation for good health and self-reliance.
This proud young man just learned to make his first pot of sweet potato soup in our kitchen. He left feeling empowered to support himself in a way he hadn't known before.
Cary's primary focus in her practice of Ayurveda is to teach the path that leads to being in touch with and living from the greater Self, our Wholeness, which is beyond all dogmas, all cultures, and all systems. When one comes into a relationship with the light of the soul- our natural Pure Potential, as the regulating center of one's life, this ignites the unification of body, mind, and spirit.
In learning to live in harmony with nature's natural rhythm, we align actions of body, speech, and mind with the fundamental wisdom of the five elements and the energy of the seasons. We learn how to stay in balance, how to value life, how to live our personal life creatively and in the flow of grace. When we value our health and take care of it on all levels, learning not to live in extremes, we flow with a more harmonious relationship with all of life. In attending to ourselves in a loving way, we can then respect and support others.
You can read many personal accounts from Cary's patients, students, and retreat participants on our testimonial page. See further details on the various sessions offered below.
Ayurvedic Health Consultations bring balance to your life by actively engaging in preventative medicine thus affecting your future health, by learning appropriate diet and routines for your individual constitution, and by taking an active role in your own well-being.
Our 48 hr. Cancellation Policy
Please note the 48 hr cancellation policy for Ayurvedic Consultations. You will be responsible to pay in full for all appointments canceled in less than 48 hrs from your scheduled appointment time.
Payment Methods Available:
Cash, Check, or Credit Card
Ayurvedic Body Therapies
Available by Individual Appointment
Treatments are recommended after an initial
consultation with Cary, but one can also come in
just for treatment and she will read your pulse
and proceed accordingly in offering treatment that is
needed for your current state.
Prices will vary according to individual needs.
Please contact us to schedule a body therapy
In the Ayurvedic tradition, these specific
therapies are used to heal and bring balance.
Shirodhara: Oil Therapy
Through the methodic dripping of warm oil infused with herbs and essential oils specific to the individual's constitution, the body's inherent healing mechanism is awakened. As the oil pours over the brow point continuously for half an hour or more the Shakti Prana (creative life force) and the cellular memory are nourished. This treatment is specific for anyone experiencing headaches, stress, loss of hair or hearing, inflammation in the body, poor digestion, menopause, eating disorders, or following any trauma. During any time of change or uncertainty, it is deeply soothing and grounding. This treatment is recommended during the junctures of the seasons to assist in the transition.
Marma: Point Therapy
Marmas, junctures of prana, are vital points where muscles, ligaments,
and tendons meet. Through a specific massage technique, the marmas and
circulatory channels are stimulated. Marma therapy, one of the most
ancient techniques for relieving pain, acts directly on the blood, nerves,
and lymph circulatory systems. By stimulating these points, especially
when performed with warm oil or specific herbs prepared for the
individual constitution and condition at hand, it serves to cleanse and
revitalize the body. This therapy is recommended for any condition or as
periodic therapy to keep the tissues clean and vital.
Photo: Here a young boy age 10 years is receiving treatment. Marma point
therapy is used on all ages, babies included, with profound restorative
Abhyangam: Oil Massage
Abhyangam is an Ayurveda way of oil massage with Marma therapy. Marma points are vital points of the body which contain Prana energy. Gentle pressure on Marma while doing massage provides Prana energy to the body and mind which gives ultimate healing. In Abhyangam, special herb-infused Ayurvedic oils are slowly warmed up and gently massaged into the skin. This massage is deeply relaxing, harmonizes, detoxifies, strengthens, and revitalizes the entire body. This massage also improves lymph flow and stimulates the immune system. It simultaneously calms and strengthens the nervous system. In this way, Abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver, and rejuvenator.
This is a special treatment specifically for supporting a woman's health and well-being. In this treatment, you will receive an Ayurvedic Abhyanga of belly, breasts, and hips and a Marma treatment of the hands, feet, and face. This is a very special therapy that gives care to areas of the body that are not treated regularly in the traditional western massage.
Vashpaswedanam: Medicated Steam Bath
This treatment is helpful to eliminate impurities from the body,
reducing fat, and also helps in healing skin diseases. It is a unique
therapy in which leaves of medicinal plants are boiled as the body
rests in a tent filled with herbal steam. Deeply relaxing and
Nasyam: Nasal Therapy
The administration of herbal oil through the nose is called Nasya. Nasya is particularly useful in the treatment of diseases occurring in the sense organs of the head and the mind. It promotes functions of the sensory and motor organs and specifically provides strength to the head, nose, and neck. Indirectly it works on the whole body by improving the functioning of the endocrine glands. It will prevent premature wrinkling, graying, and falling of the hair. It is helpful in sinus conditions and with allergies. Nasya is deeply calming and balancing for the mind.
Netra Tarpana: Eye Rejuvenation
This treatment aims to provide optimum rejuvenation to the eyes. A special
dough is put around the eye area to create a dam around the eyes. Herbal ghee
is put in this groove to lubricate the eyes and surrounding areas which
will be kept warm for 30 – 35 minutes. This helps to improve vision,
beautify the eyes, and strengthen the eye tissues.
Udvartanam: Therapy for Cellulite Management
The whole body is gently massaged with medicated powders prepared with various herbs. This helps to reduce fat and cellulite, tones the muscles, improves blood circulation, and eases joint pain. Regular Udvartanam is good for not only cellulite, but it helps weight loss by increasing the basal metabolic rate. This is followed by the application of specific herbal formulas created to reduce cellulite and support new collagen formation.
Empowering and Educating
One of the primary roles of an Ayurvedic Doctor is not only to treat their patients, but to educate them on how to stay healthy, how to live a balanced life in harmony with nature, and how to find the space within that is the source of all healing.
Cary has spent over 20 years offering classes, workshops, and retreats in order to empower and educate her community to take care of themselves and to become their own healer. This is the heartbeat of Ayurveda. In knowing how to live a life of balance, and becoming inspired to follow through with true knowledge, we begin to find the healthy flow of our being that is our natural state when honored with consciousness.
Since opening her practice in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2002, she has been educating her community when Ayurveda was totally unknown there and holding seasonal retreats to teach her patients and students how to eat and live according to the energies and natural rhythms of each season. Here they have learned how to understand the six tastes of food, how to prepare healthy, life-giving meals for themselves and their families, and how to take care of themselves following the healing practices of Ayurveda. They learn how to process and sort what is most helpful from the masses of information available regarding health in our modern culture, and what not to follow in our search for true healing.
Here are pictures of these events held over the past two decades. You can see more on our Host A Workshop page.