Ayurvedic practitioner in Florida with Melissa Afonso

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. Interns have completed their academic studies and work under the supervision of experienced clinical instructors. This semester’s talented group of interns comes from throughout the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) interns work on supporting patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with their constitution. Patients learn about their constitution as well as the nature of any imbalances. They will also receive support to adjust their diet and lifestyle accordingly and to normalize your digestion and elimination. As part of the Ayurvedic program, an intern can include ayurvedic herbs, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is is the best of preventative health care! For those who have a specific condition and are looking for clinical management through Ayurvedic Medicine, they should consider having a consultation with an Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist intern or graduate. 

Interview with Melissa from Florida

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

After my son was born in 2007, I began to pay close attention to how the food he consumed effected his overall health and mood. When he started showing symptoms of asthma and becoming sick frequently, my intuition said to dig deeper and to find the root cause and to not just treat the symptoms. I insisted on a food allergy test and we found out he was allergic to milk. Once removing the culprit, his health drastically improved. Ayurveda happened upon me during my research and it was then that I felt inspired to learn this unique system.

2)    What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?

The public is craving a truly holistic system of medicine that can be easily understood and applied to everyday life. This is Ayurveda. Typically a person will not visit a healthcare provider until they are sick. However with Ayurveda, you would visit your practitioner before you’re sick. It’s a complete system of preventative medicine treating the mind, body and spirit in which the practitioner will consider all aspects of the person and guide you through the process. This kind of thorough and personal care makes it very attractive to the public.

3)    What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?

The future is bright for Ayurveda in the USA. Although it has been the primary form of medicine in India for many many years, Ayurveda is only recently becoming more popular here. I believe as more Americans learn about it and reputable institutions continue to educate students, the knowledge will continue to reach deeper and ultimately play an important role along side Western medicine.

4)    What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?

My favorite therapy is an abhyanga massage. There is something special about the energy of a two person synchronized massage using an oil blend specific to you. It’s pure bliss!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up near Ocean City, Maryland. After working for a couple of years in the corporate world, I took a leap of faith and decided to make a solo move to Ft. Lauderdale. Many of my days were spent soul searching, being physically active and living a fun tropical beach lifestyle. After nearly sixteen years of living in South Florida, working as a timeshare hotel assistant manager, I am here today developing my career as a Ayurveda Health Practitioner. I am married to my husband Miguel, who not only encourages my growth, but is is a continual positive influence to my success. We have a six year old son who brings great joy and light to our family, as well as our beloved cat and dog. I am excited to embark on this journey into internship and I look forward to sharing it with my community.

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