Exploring Ayurveda, the science of life

"When the why is clear, the how is easy." 

When you meet Candice, it feels like she’s where she needs to be. She's an Ayurvedic bodywork therapist, an idea that aligns easily with her caring, nurturing personality. For those who aren't familiar, Ayurvedic massage is a type of bodywork that combines the 5,000-year-old Indian principles of Ayurveda and circulation-stimulating movements. It aims to balance your mind, body, and spirit, and help unlock your body's natural capacity for healing.

As we know, finding your ‘why’ takes a great deal of inner work. We find out more about how Candice discovered Ayurveda, and why it resonates deeply with her.

“I was intrigued and amazed by the holistic approach that Ayurveda offers, which is more than just fixing the problem on the surface.” 

The path to Ayurveda 

In her early twenties, Candice was seeking a cure for polycystic ovary syndrome (a hormonal disorder). She had tried both western and eastern health treatments, but none of them seemed sustainable and often felt invasive. 

Then, she chanced upon Ayurveda online and booked a consultation. By examining her diet, stress levels, and more, Candice was finally able to resolve her health issues. The experience inspired her to enroll in the Ayurveda foundation course with the same clinic, through which she discovered and decided to pursue bodywork therapy.

On starting SOL House

It’s been over a year since Candice left her full-time job and started SOL House.

“SOL House is a safe and non-judgmental space for anyone keen to learn the wisdom of holistic remedies rooted in this ancient Indian healing system. Loosely translated, Ayur means "longevity" or "life," and Veda means "science". SOL is short for "Science of Life" and that literally means Ayurveda.”

There’s a keen following that’s growing around the brand, with slots fully booked out in advance. We're not surprised, as it's easy to see her passion for helping people and sharing Ayurvedic knowledge. Try a session with her, and you’ll be impressed by how thoughtful and comfortable the entire experience feels.

A book I’d recommend is...

'A New Earth', by Eckhart Tolle

How she reclaims balance

Candice shares that she recently went on a 40-day self-practice, known as a Sadhana. “It harnesses my mental fortitude and balances my mood, allowing me to react with good intention and tackle problems with grace.”

This year, she also completed her 200-hr Vinyasa yoga teacher training, as a way to deepen her personal practice and inform her Ayurvedic work. 

“My relationship with yoga has grown more profound and intimate than before. I used to think that yoga is all about asana poses, but now, yoga offers a framework of life that goes beyond the mat. My teacher once told us in the training that we married yoga. And it is true. My relationship with yoga is sacred and should not be paraded for others to judge. The technique may be necessary, but commitment holds much more weight than you know.”

"We are often lost when our intentions are blurred. To reclaim balance, I would think the most primal question we can ask ourselves is: What is our intention? When the why is clear, the how is easy."

Simple ways to practise Ayurveda

Before we come to the end of this feature, Candice shares a few simple tips for Ayurvedic living.

In Ayurveda, 6-10am is considered the ‘Kapha’ period of the day. Kapha is a biological humour (dosha) that consists of heavy and dull characteristics. To avoid feeling lethargic, try waking up before 6am.

Practise self-massage (abhyanga) with warm herbal oil at least once a week. “Self-massage can be very soothing for our nervous system, and it is an expression of self-love.” 

Check SOL House’s IG for more content, and discover Candice’s bodywork offerings on her website.