September 2020 Newsletter Update

Thank you to all our clients who have remembered us during the lock down and have called after the lock down to see how we managed. Its been rough like most businesses but we are getting by, between the Dangerous Disease and the weather, we are trying to survive.

AYURVEDA is our core service we have 1 lady doctor and 2 male doctors, all qualified from Kerala Universities in South India, each of them with an average of 15 years experience. The Ayurveda Doctors are qualified and experienced in :-

Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bells Palsy, Body Aches & Pains, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive problems, Diet Disorders, Eczema, Eye Diseases, Fertility Issues, Fibromyalgia, Frozen Shoulder, Headaches, High blood pressure, Hair Loss, High Cholesterol levels, Inflammations, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Menopause problems, Migraines, Memory problems, Mental Issues, Obesity, Parkinsons, Paralysis, Pregnancy difficulties, Post and Ante Natal Care, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Skin Diseases, Stress, Stroke, Tinnitus…

Every year Bacteria and Viruses attack us, these microorganisms can be good or bad, the very bad ones can be killers. We all want to be healthy, this can only happen if we have a robust immunity.

According to Ayurveda, strong immunity is a product of good digestion, strong agni (the metabolic fire), quality liver functioning, and a balanced endocrine system (which includes appropriately balanced hormones).

Ayurveda advocates a 3 plan focus to enhance immunity: 1.Satmya -suitable diet, 2.Vyayama – exercise, 3.Rasayana -Rejuvenation. We conduct workshops on how to build up your Natural Immunity.

We are offering Workshops on Dangerous Diseases and Building Natural Immunity as a Defence. To find out more Contact us on 0121 7777007/6888080 for our course commencing November 2020

Our centres began to feel the impact of Covid 19 from about the beginning of March, we were eventually forced to shut down on 23/03/2020. We were able to assist some of our clients by giving advice over the phone during lockdown.

Our Sparkhill Clinic has water damage and also needs to be Covid Proofed. We have developed the grounds at Karma Centre exercises, yoga, Tai Chi etc We have now Covid proofed the Karma Centre and retrained staff to work using PPE. All our staff are being employed on a part-time basis at the Karma Centre.We are booking in at the Karma Centre where the private Car Park and gardens will help make our clients feel more comfortable and safe.

OUR PRICES HAVE INCREASED – each therapy needs the room sanitised after and left so we cant use the room immediately. We loose therapy times and have to pay for additional cleaning. Our clients are required to bring 2 of their own bath towels.We are undertaking all the measures recommended to make our centres SAFE FOR OUR CLIENTS AND STAFF.

PLEASE CONTACT US ON 0121 777 7007 OR 0121 688 8080 between 11.30am and 4.30pm for bookings. Deposits are required.

We have Rooms to hire at our centres at Kings Heath and Sparkhill, Our Karma Gardens are available for sporting activities and small events when permitted.

Onam is a harvest festival celebrated by our people from Kerala, India.

According to our legends, the festival is celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.

Sadly, this year Onam festivities in Kerala have been cancelled as the state is in lock down. It’s also very low key in the UK. Sadhya is a feast of Kerala origin and of importance to all Malayalis, consisting of a variety of traditional vegetarian dishes usually served on a banana leaf in Kerala as lunch.

Sadhya means banquet in Malayalam. Sadhya is typically served as a traditional dish for Onam, the state festival of Kerala. Most of these dishes are very healthy.

Karma Centre invited to present at the 13th congress for integrative medicine in London in September 2020

We have some exciting news this month as we announce that world renowned academic Dr Madan Thangavelu is coming to the Karma Centre in Kings Heath and Kerala Ayurveda Spa Clinic in Birmingham. Dr Madan is a Genome Biologist with a PHD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Cambridge as well as being General Secretary of the European Ayurveda Association. As well as holding multiple academic titles in various scientific fields, Dr Madan has worked with a number of international bodies related to Ayurveda, holistic therapy and natural remedies.

As part of his research into the benefits of Ayurveda we give a warm welcome to Dr Madan who will visit our practices this month. His research will encompass a number of different facets of Ayurveda as well as looking into why it has grown in popularity in Birmingham. Kerala Ayurveda Spa Clinic and the Karma Centre are both fortunate to be based in Birmingham, the city with the largest South Asian community in Europe. In recent years we have seen a boom in Ayurvedic clinics opening or at least those which offer Ayurveda-derived massages and therapies.

Dr Madan will look into why Ayurveda is so popular at our practices and what the effect of Ayurveda on the individual, community and society at whole is. Dr Madan will be working closely with our trained Ayurveda doctors at both our Sparkhill and Kings Heath practices to build up his understanding. We are proud to say Dr Madan has chosen our practices precisely because we are considered one of the most popular and well known Ayurveda clinics in the Midlands.

Thanks to Dr Madan’s studies we hope Ayurveda will gain a foothold in medical practices around the UK as well as gain more respect as a healing therapy. With more scientific studies and in depth analysis of Ayurveda we hope the public and media at large will realise its full potential. We believe this collaboration with Dr Madan will allow the Karma Centre and Kerala Ayurveda Spa Clinic in Birmingham reach a larger audience to promote Ayurveda.

Winter Demands on the Human Body

Ayurveda originated over 6,000 years ago in a culture very different from ours, a time when life was closely connected with nature. Life was mostly governed by the changes in seasons and the time of day or night. Being in tune with nature, our ancestors adapted themselves to these changes. Indian Sages observed individual constitutions, or prakruti and were able to classify them into three subtle energies: vata, the energy of movement; pitta, the energy of digestion or metabolism; and kapha, the energy of lubrication and structure. The seasons are also classified into vata, pitta, and kapha.

The Indian Sages believed that for our system to remain in balance all year long we need to adjust to the environmental changes through diet, exercise and routines.

Ayurveda advocates the following winter routine:

  • Wake up around 7.00am.
  • Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue
  • Drink warm water.
  • Do some yoga and deep breathing.
  • Rub warmed sesame/mustard oil all over your entire body, letting the oil soak in for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take a hot shower and exfoliate your skin.
  • Eat nourishing meals at regular times. Eat more warm foods like stews, pasta dishes and casseroles and avoid raw foods, salads etc.
  • Avoid cold drafts, wear warm clothes, and don’t forget to wear a hat, scarf and gloves when going out.
  • Ginger is a good remedy for colds. Drink ginger tea.
  • Drink hot water several times a day to remove toxins.
  • Try to avoid dairy products, including yogurt, cheese, milk, and ice cream, if you are congested.
  • A full body oil massage is one of the most pleasant Vata balancing measures.

These are general guidelines and do not apply to people with other disorders, always check with your physician for diet/exercises/lifestyle suitable to your condition.


Black Friday Offer – £10 off all relaxation massages

Soothe away your aches and pains and feel calm and relaxed with a massage from our therapists.

From 22nd November to 29th November we are offering £10 off all massages with a therapist.

Call today in order to book your slot. Limited spaces available.

What Is Going on at The Karma Centre?

There is so much going on at the Karma Centre in Kings Heath come and see for yourself! We have a range of holistic therapies and services available for you including counselling, healing, bridal packages, Ayurvedic massages, and so much more!

Ayurveda at the Tree of Life Celebration in Birmingham

The Tree of Life festival is about inspiration, wellbeing and vitality, we were very proud to represent Ayurveda and Yoga amongst other holistic therapies and medicines. Based at Beeches Hotel in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

It was a great occasion for the Karma Centre to have a stand and present the Art o Healthy Living and the Healing Benefits of Ayurveda and Yoga, which forms an important part of Indian medicine.

Our team found the whole experience to be very productive, we had several conversations several visitors and various exhibitors who had questions about Kerala Ayurveda and the disciplines of Yoga.

Mary the Centre Manager introduced the Karma Centre as a House of Lifestyle and Healing where Eastern and Western Art of Living and Health management are practised.

Dr Anil covered the concepts of Ayurveda, Dr Shinny talked about the benefits of Ayurveda and Dr Jacob elaborated on the traditional values of Yoga. Many people are aware of Yoga, but Ayurveda is only known to those who have actively explored alternative natural therapies.

We were also joined by Master Satpal who teaches Kundalini Yoga and Dr Daljit Sandhu who practices Psychotherapy and Tai Chi Yoga classes at the Karma Centre.

The Tree of Life festival was a great opportunity to speak to members of the public and find out what they knew about Ayurveda and answer any questions they had. We were able to show that Ayurveda is accessible to everyone regardless of age or background.

If you are interested in Ayurveda please contact us at The Karma Centre, Kings Heath.

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