When Jessica Grant, the founder of Prima Wellness, asked us if we’d like to explore our doshas we said, “Yes, please!” Then we Googled it. That’s how we roll! Keep scrolling for the low down on our Ayurvedic consultation, plus some daily Ayurvedic rituals we can all incorporate into our lives!
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Prima Wellness in Litchfield offers licensed holistic psychotherapy & wellness coaching, Ayurvedic consultation, licensed massage therapy, and yoga therapy. As well as somatic treatments such as Ayurvedic reflexology, eye rejuvenation treatment, heart-healing treatment, and energy medicine sessions. Click the links, we want to try them all…but would have to work up to the eye one!
The integrative wellness practice offers individual treatment, groups, workshops/learning labs, and both local and international retreats.
Meet Jessica Grant, MS, LCSW, C-IAYT
Jessica Grant is the founder of Prima Wellness, a licensed Psychotherapist and Ayurvedic practitioner, and we’d like to add; a shining ray of good vibes, and a Katy Perry/Emily Blunt doppelgänger.
Additionally, she’s the newest member of our #WWA club – Women We Admire.
In addition to serving as the founding director of Prima Wellness, Jessica holds a clinical faculty position within Yale University’s School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
Prima Wellness was launched in December of 2014 after Jessica decided that there was a tremendous need for an integrative model of care in her local community. Due to ailments of the mind, body, and spirit being so interconnected, she believes that people should be able to seek treatment from a provider who is well versed in all three.
Jessica approaches her clients from a heart-centered philosophy of non-judgment and is passionate about supporting what she entitles “whole self-health.”
Ok, we have questions…
Ayurvedic medicine…what is that again?
More than treating illness, Ayurveda [eye-er-vey-duh] is an integrative model of whole-self healing that’s designed to help people reach optimal vitality and potential. Ayurvedic philosophy is in alignment with nature’s innate rhythms and reminds us that health is the balance between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.
Give it to us in bullets, what are some issues that Ayurveda can be helpful for?
- Sustainable weight loss & maintenance
- Detoxification & nutrition support
- GI/Gut metabolic disturbance including IBS
- Fatigue & low energy
- Psychological conditions such as anxiety & depression
- Environmental & chronic stress
- Insomnia/sleep irregularities
- Seasonal allergies & cleanses
- Women’s health, fertility, and hormones
- Chronic autoimmune illness
- Regaining a sense of self & meaning in one’s life
What goes on in an Ayurvedic consultation?
- A comprehensive intake process to assess whole self-functioning
- Tongue and pulse diagnosis
- Review of digestion and elimination pathways as well as other bodily systems
- Assessment of psychological well being and immunity
- An exploration of your doshic Prakriti + vikriti in the context of season, age, and physiological dynamics
- Strategies for current ailments and challenges
- Nutrition based solutions for identified issues related to weight management, metabolism, and a wide continuum of mental and physical health symptoms
- Lifestyle and exercise suggestions to optimize well being
- Herbal medicine and treatment protocols
Here’s what went on in our mini-consult…
We took the dosha quiz to explore our constitution. Here are the results – and remember, this is just one part of the Ayurvedic consultation.
Lora is tridoshic with a sturdy constitution, exceptional strength, and stamina. She’s quick-minded, creative, and is capable of holding a big vision. She needs to learn to recognize and honor her different needs in order to support her ongoing health. [yes!]
Bev is generally intelligent and discerning with articulate speech. She has strong athletic potential, and a reliable appetite [so true]. She can sometimes overindulge [also true].
How can we get more dosha balance in our lives?
Interventions might be offered that involve individualized nutrition plans, daily lifestyle coaching, detoxification rituals, somatic wellness planning, and herbal medicine.
The Prima Wellness team
Prima Wellness has a group of 5 wellness providers with specializations in a variety of areas. Michael Torrant, Director of therapeutic bodywork & yoga, is a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist and offers a wide range of treatments. He’s trained in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Massage, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, and Acupressure.
Most recently, they’ve welcomed Macie Prajer, who has her master’s degree in psychology and specializes in holistic counseling for tweens, teens, and young adults.
Daily Ayurvedic practices everyone could benefit from
The key is to find a system of daily rituals that work for you and adjust as you need to!
- Tongue scraping – the best way to get rid of those toxins that surface there
- Warm lemon water in the morning
- Regular mealtimes – lunch should be the heartiest, dinner by 5 or 6 PM if possible
- Herbal medicine – nourishing, balancing, and safe (Jessica can prescribe and makes many of them)
- Dry brushing + moving our lymphatic fluid
- Bathing – steep your body in herbal remedies
Prima Wellness has a lab space and wellness apothecary with handmade products available for clients such as herbal tinctures, teas, infused botanical oils, and Ayurvedic cleanse kits.
Throughout the past decade and beyond, Jessica has presented at national conferences, serves on clinical advisory boards, and is an educator at various universities of higher learning and professional organizations. She is a published writer and is available for media and press consultation.
174 West Street, Suite 207, Litchfield, CT 06749
Pics: Lora / Words: Bev