Meet The Ayurveda Retreat Team
Each and every member of the Ayurveda Retreat team is deeply passionate about helping our clients achieve their optimum sense of wellbeing. We make sure that we bring only the best-of-the-best onto our team, so we are confident that our clients will experience the highest quality of treatment and attention every time they set foot in Ayurveda Retreat. We are therefore incredibly proud to introduce you to our team of Ayurvedic Practitioners, Massage Therapists and Wellbeing Specialists:
Our Ayurvedic Practitioners…
MCM Ayurvedic Medicine; Secretary of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association
**Please note that Ayurvedic Consultations with Karolina are only available upon request (specific Fridays and Saturdays) and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made online or by calling 0118 958 8190**
Karolina is an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner as well as a certified yoga and meditation teacher. She studied Ayurveda at Middlesex University in London and further developed her clinical experience at multiple Ayurvedic hospitals and clinics in India as well as in the UK. Currently, she also works as a general secretary for the Ayurvedic Professionals Association.
Karolina has been visiting India on a regular basis since 2003. She has travelled extensively from the northern parts of the Himalayas to the southern tip of Tamil Nadu in exploration of Ayurvedic medicine, yoga and meditation practices.
Prior to her work with Ayurveda, Karolina worked as an artist and photographer. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Oxford University and a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Consultations; Sciatica Care Plan**
BAMS Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
**Please note that Ayurvedic Consultations with Archana are only available upon request and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made online or by calling 0118 958 8190**
Archana is a graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from the University of Pune in India. She is trained by a renowned Ayurvedic consultant in Pune and worked in his hospital before starting her own practice.
Archana is passionate about the wellbeing of people, particularly women’s health. She has experience of treating those experiencing backache, arthritis, stomach disorders (eg gastritis and IBS), skin problems and weight management issues using traditional Ayurvedic medicines, Panchakarama and specially tailored diets based on an individual’s Prakruti.
Before relocating to the UK, Archana had her own practice in India for six years that focused on Ayurvedic Medicine and Panchkarma treatment. During this period she successfully helped a number of patients with managing their health issues.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Consultations; Sciatica Care Plan**
MSc in Ayurvedic Medicine
**Please note that Ayurvedic Consultations with Kristina are only available upon request and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made online or by calling 0118 958 8190**
Kristina holds a Masters Degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Middlesex University, London. She gained her clinical experiences at several Ayurvedic clinics and hospitals in India specialising in various Panchakarma therapies. For over a decade she has been academically involved in organising various seminars and workshops for Ayurvedic professionals. She is a full member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association and has a deep passion for Ayurveda. Kristina is focusing on specific treatment and care plans and is currently offering treatment plans for sciatica and lower back pain.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Consultations; Sciatica Care Plan**
BA HPC reg. Podriatist, MScCH, MA BScOst Dip Ayurveda MSc Ayurvedic Medicine
**Please note that Ayurvedic Consultations with Angela are only available on request and must be booked in advance. Please call 0118 958 8190 to find out availability**
Angela is a fully-qualified Osteopath, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Chiropodist/Podiatrist, having begun her career in Chiropody in the early 1970s. After seven years working in this industry she realised the limitations of just treating one part of the body and neglecting the health of the rest of it.
In light of this limitation, Angela moved to America and completed an MA in Nutrition and Health Counselling at Beacon College in Boston where she focused her dissertation on Ayurveda, which was later published as Healing with Ayurveda in 1997. She then went on to become Head of Nutrition modality for pain and stress relief clinic at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Boston, Massachusetts.
Angela was eager to learn more about alternative therapies so furthered her studies in reflexology and Ayurveda. She trained with the renowned Ayurvedic Physician and Author, Dr Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Allston Massachusetts. Angela finished her training in Gurukula ‘Vedic School’ in Pune, India in 2003. Angela realised that Ayurveda’s deep interest in nutrition and lifestyle offers us a very simple schema which, unlike modern approaches, hasn’t changed with time. Primarily it is free from side-effects and has a profound respect for all living things. Coming from a western background she realised how little we are exposed to such practices, which prompted her to write Ayurveda For Dummies, which is an accessible and exciting read for all those keen to learn this ancient wisdom.
Angela’s treatments involve a combination of all the therapies she has studied and practised, where appropriate. This enables her to work with individuals, using treatments that most effectively bring about the most positive outcome. Her approach to treating patients is to see them as a multi-level being whose body, mind and spirit are intimately linked. With this in mind, each person is seen as a unique presentation of symptoms, all of which have to be addressed before wellness can be experienced. Treatment will include dietary advice, meditation, breathing exercises and natural medicine.
Angela’s special areas of interest include musculoskeletal problems, nutritional approaches and psychosomatic disorders.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Consultations (call to check availability)**
Our Massage & Wellbeing Therapists…
I have been interested in beauty and wellness from a very young age so decided to pursue this childhood passion when I moved to the UK from New York. I enrolled and certified as a Beauty Therapist from a leading school of beauty in London. The training provided detailed knowledge and in-depth training in analysis of human anatomy, lifestyle habits and identifying potential ailments and issues impacting beauty and well-being of individuals.
In my research during this training I read about holistic approaches to beauty and non-invasive wellness options. I travelled and gained certification from a leading institute in India in the centuries old and proven Ayurvedic Massage Therapy. I love combining the western beauty practices with proven organic and traditional Ayurvedic treatment methods to provide comprehensive and personalised massage treatments based on each individual’s needs. This is a fascinating and never-ending journey, and I am constantly discovering, learning and adapting techniques to improve the health and well-being of my clients.
When I am not working I enjoy cooking various cuisines, listening to various genres of music, travelling and walking in the countryside.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments; Sciatica Care Plan**
When I was younger I always enjoyed helping people and playing sport, so becoming a massage therapist seemed only natural to me. I first studied Sports Massage in South Africa and haven’t looked back since. I have been fortunate to work with some great therapists and teachers over the years, both in the spa industry and on the field, as well as working with some very talented and famous athletes.
I have always been a traveller at heart and massage has offered me the opportunity to travel. I worked on the cruise ships for a couple of years, travelling to wonderful places such as Alaska, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Hawaii to name a few. After that I spent a year in Abu Dhabi supervising a spa for Etihad Airlines in their first and business class lounges. After a few years back in South Africa, I decided to come to the UK and try to settle down. I have been working with Ayurveda Retreat since February 2011 and have found it very interesting and rewarding.
To me, massage is a necessity, something we all need to incorporate into our daily lives. With all our modern stresses and pressures, people are turning more and more to complementary therapies and the results are amazing. For me, I love helping people improve their situation and helping them to feel better. It is an interesting environment, one where I keep on learning new things every day.
In my spare time I enjoying going for runs and cycling around the countryside, I am a huge animal lover and activist.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments (excluding Udvartana); Sports Massage**
I have been a fully licensed massage therapist for almost 20 years, having trained in America. I was first introduced to Ayurveda by Dr. Deepak Chopra, and since then have completed numerous courses in Ayurvedic Massage and Dinacharya (daily routine/diet for Doshic types). I also practise and teach yoga, with my most recent trip being to Rishikesh in India to study yoga and Ayurveda. In addition to these passions, I enjoy holistic nutrition, reading, walking in the countryside, music and travel.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments; Sciatica Care Plan; Sports Massage; Pregnancy Massage; Reiki; Reflexology**
Caroline (Thursdays & Saturdays)
I trained at Thames Valley University In 2004 with a diploma in Sports Massage. I have always been involved in a sporting environment from an early age. I was very heavily involved in competitive sports, competing in county level hockey and netball in my early years.
I then went on to pursue a career in coaching sports such as sprinting, field events and trampolining. Whilst coaching I felt a strong desire to help the team prevent injuries and give them the best support I possibly could. Sports massage offered the best solution, enabling me to assist them with a speedy recovery and enhance their performance.
I then decided to broaden my horizons to alternative treatments such as reflexology, Swedish massage and Ayurvedic massage. Alongside my role as a therapist I remain active with my hobbies, including martial arts, sports and painting.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments (excluding Shirodhara & Udvartana); Sports Massage; Reiki; Reflexology**
My journey through wellbeing practices has led me to yoga, plant-based nutrition, meditation and holistic body-works. Ultimately, I am witnessing the beautiful mind-body connection and deepening my understanding of how to bring the mind, body and spirit into harmony through holistic massage.
My path with holistic massage started with Lomi Lomi, the massage that comes out of the Ancient Hawaiian medicine tradition. My training with Hawaiian massage was very immersive; I lived with my teacher for a month and we practised for six hours every day. Alongside the herbal medicine aspect, she taught me the esoteric philosophy that the Hawaiian medicine tradition is steeped in. The massage comes from an awe-inspiring history – in the Old Days the massage was given in the Temples only by priests, who were also the doctors in Polynesian society.
Whilst Hawaiian massage shares a lot of principles with the Ancient Ayurvedic system, for example, the flowing sweeping strokes, the use of herbal medicines and tailoring each treatment to the specific needs of the receiver, I am understanding the unique wisdom of the Ayurvedic system. Ayurvedic massage works on the physical level to heal on an emotional and mental level; unblocking the lymphatic system, releasing muscle knots and liberating stagnant energy points to bring one’s mind and body into balance. I find these massages transport both me and the receiver to a meditative realm where time, location and all other constructs dissolve into peace.
I feel blessed to be in service of those who would like help with bringing their mind-body connection into balance through massage and I give thanks to all those who share their healing journey with me.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments (Foot Massage only); Sciatica Care Plan**
Imola’s path led her to Denmark to an authentic Ayurvedic boarding school where she studied yoga, pranayama, meditation and the theoretical knowledge of Ayurveda. Since then these practices have been part of her Ayurvedic daily routine and she has been living her life according to Ayurvedic principles and her doshic constitution.
During her studies in Denmark she received a Panchakarma treatment, an internal detoxification procedure, which had a profound effect on her life, so she decided to learn Panchakarma herself at the most prestigious Ayurvedic university in Germany. Meanwhile, she qualified as an Ayurvedic Massage Therapist at Tri-Dosha Living Ayurveda in the UK. For several years after completing her Panchakarma studies she worked at clinics worldwide, namely in the Netherlands, Norway, Germany (in the biggest Panchakarma clinic in Europe), Japan and the UK.
Because of her special refined touch, she was recommended to learn Marma Therapy at The Deutsche Ayurveda Akademie. After completing her diploma, her focus shifted to Marma treatments, which is a technique that applies a silent, subtle touch. It provides deep, blissful, healing relaxation and a profound inner experience. Ever since, she has been on a learning journey of Marma Therapies as there are many specific treatments for certain conditions.
Imola wishes to use her 10 years’ knowledge and experience of Ayurveda by offering personalised treatments to Ayurveda Retreat clients to help maintain and improve their health and quality of life, whilst flourishing their awareness.
In her spare time Imola enjoys getting to know new cultures, Ayurvedic cooking and reading spiritual books.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments; Marma Therapy; Sciatica Care Plan**
I originally studied Hospitality and Catering before going on to work for many years in the hospitality industry in Hungary, Austria and Germany. When I moved to London in 2012 I felt I would like to learn some new skills and change my career path.
I was always interested in complementary therapies as I love helping people and think we all deserve a healthy mind, body and soul. As I already had good experience of alternative therapies, I decided to learn holistic massage at the Quantum Metta School of Massage in London. I finished my course in 2014, achieving ITEC Level 3 and qualifying as a Holistic Massage Therapist.
It was then that I started to work as a freelance therapist in London before moving to Reading where I had the opportunity to learn Ayurvedic massage whilst working at Ayurveda Retreat. Having had two years at home with my baby boy I am now ready to start focusing on my massage work again.
In my free time I love walks in the forest and anywhere where nature can be enjoyed, swimming, yoga and reading books.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments (PadAbhyanga only); Sciatica Care Plan**
Although I have travelled a lot over the years, I am now settled in the UK and am involved with a range of holistic practices. As well as having been a Massage Therapist for over ten years, I am also a Hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master and an Ashtanga Yoga teacher.
My philosophy is to do everything with love and to care for everything – from the planet to each other. The Ayurvedic system fits perfectly with this philosophy and with my passion for holistic therapies and healing.
Besides the time I spend practising Yoga, I also enjoy reading and dancing.
**Available For: Ayurvedic Massage; Oil Massage; Back Massage; Indian Head Massage; Ayurvedic Treatments (MukhAbhyanga & PadAbhyanga only); Reiki**
My journey into holistic healthcare began in 1996 with a Reiki course followed by a further Reiki II course in Japan a year later. In 2001 I decided to spend three years at the College of Natural Medicine in Australia studying Health Science, with a focus on Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Medicine. It was in the first year of this degree course that I learned Swedish massage. I became interested in Ayurvedic Medicine whilst travelling in India, so in 2008 I studied for a Diploma in Indian Head Massage. This was quickly followed by a qualification in Sports Massage Therapy.
Six years ago I began teaching children and young people with special educational needs and mental health challenges, which I still find so rewarding; teaching for a charity alongside my Naturopathic/Massage work. As a fully qualified member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP), I believe that modern/allopathic medicine does have its place but that the benefits that natural medicine/therapy offers as prevention, as well as treatment, needs to be brought into mainstream consciousness. I wish to further my knowledge and skills by embarking on a degree in Acupuncture in the near future.
My other passions are dancing, writing and theatre, and I was awarded a First Class Degree in Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies in 2012. I am also practiced in Yoga and meditation.
Chandrika (Reiki Specialist)
I have always been drawn to holistic therapies; filling our bodies with chemicals feels at odds with our natural state. Having suffered with chronic back and neck pain for five years I tried many treatments, both conventional and complementary, until I discovered Reiki. After experiencing the wonderful, pain-relieving effects of it for myself I was amazed! It felt right for me to learn and train in Reiki so I could help others to also experience the fantastic benefits.
I am a qualified Reiki Practitioner and member of the Reiki Guild. I thoroughly enjoy helping people feel better, in a completely natural way. It is wonderful to see clients improve – from back, shoulder and neck pain to stress; from fungal infections to asthma; from anxiety to eczema – the transformations are incredible. For me, Reiki isn’t a job, it is a part of each day and I do self-Reiki on myself because I love the experience.
I enjoy meditation and yoga, which complements the balancing of the mind, body and spirit.
**Available For: Reiki**
T: 0118 958 8190
32 Friar Street
Mon-Fri: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Sat: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sun: 09.30am - 4.30pm