Ayurvedic Consultations, Body Treatments & Holistic Skin Care
My life's mission as an Ayurvedic doctor is to create an environment for healing for my clients, and to teach them a unique and individual approach to their own health and beauty.
Nina Fine, Ayurvedic Doctor & Licensed Esthetician
Ayurveda & Skin Care
Skin is a mirror of your health. Ayurveda has a complex holistic approach to work on any skin condition. The key to having healthy skin is to work topically and from the inside out to achieve best results.
Classical Ayurvedic texts teach us that our bodies and the skin are made up of five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The Earth element gives structure and firmness to the skin. It is in muscles, collagen, elastin, and connective tissues. The Water element is abundant and gives moisturization and plumpness by being present in intracellular spaces, the lymphatic system, and blood vessels. The Fire element is responsible for metabolism in the skin, the health of blood vessels (red and white blood cells) and skin complexion. The Air element provides speed for the skin metabolism, including water metabolism. It carries oxygen to skin cells and takes out waste products, is responsible for nerve impulses, sensations, and muscle constrictions. Space, or Ether, as an Ayurvedic element, connects everything together and provides space for other elements to fill in.
Ayurveda literally means “the science of life” and can be understood to mean “the science of self-healing.” What this mean is that your health and healing are ultimately in your own hands. Ayurveda has a long and rich history of assisting people on this journey, and as an Ayurvedic doctor, it is my job to guide you toward optimum health, well-being, and peace of mind.
Do you know that if a ship sails around the world, changing its coordinates by just one degree will change the destination by 500 miles? We can use the same analogy in Ayurveda: when we find the root cause of a disease or imbalance and make a few, sometimes small changes, we can bring your life to a new destination without disease and suffering.
It is never late to change the course of the ship (your unique combination of the body, mind and spirit) towards your happy and healthier Self.
My name is Nina Fine. I’m an Ayurvedic Doctor and Licensed Esthetician, as well a Certified Acne Specialist.
Acne is a complex skin disease. That is why I utilize a fusion of Ayurvedic and Western approaches to create an individually tailored acne program. With my Ayurvedic Acne Program, I don’t just address current breakouts. I focus on acne prevention and on guiding my clients up to the point where their skin stays clear forever. With your commitment to the Program, we will take control of your acne in as little as 10-16 weeks.
Acne is a disorder of the skin, which has sebaceous (oil) glands that connects to the hair follicle, which contains a fine hair. In healthy skin, the sebaceous glands make sebum that empties onto the skin surface through the pore, which is an opening in the follicle. Keratinocytes, a type of skin cell, line the follicle. Normally, as the body sheds skin cells, the keratinocytes rise to the surface of the skin. When someone has acne, the hair, sebum, and keratinocytes stick together inside the pore. This prevents the keratinocytes from shedding and keeps the sebum from reaching the surface of the skin. The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the plugged follicles and cause inflammation, swelling, redness, heat, and pain. When the wall of the plugged follicle breaks down, it spills the bacteria, skin cells, and sebum onto nearby skin, creating lesions or pimples.
The Panchakarma cleanse is the most powerful therapy in the clinical practice of Ayurveda.
It is a highly sophisticated approach to a purification and rejuvenation therapy that has been refined and developed over several thousand years for the treatment of illness and the attainment of longevity. The most important aspect of this approach is the presence of both the purification and rejuvenation stages. The purpose of Panchakarma is to balance doshas (the bio-energies), tissues, and the physiological systems and functions of the body.
Panchakarma utilizes cleansing herbs and therapies, which help with loosening, binding, extracting and flushing out endogenous toxins called ama, which translates as "undigested." The buildup of ama (toxins) from poor digestion, poor circulation and poor elimination is the primary cause of disease in the body. Ama collects over time as tissues degenerate, the passage of waste materials is blocked, and the body’s regulatory functions grow weak, causing a host of symptoms that affect the body and mind.
The Panchakarma treatment must be performed by a knowledgeable and well-trained therapist. Every person is unique and has their unique combination of imbalances. Thus, the Panchakarma cleanse program must be customized by prescribing only those therapies that suit the person’s situation (age, season, level of immunity, amount of toxins present in the body, etc.).
Ayurveda views health and disease as the result of how we interact with our environment. Harmonious interactions lead to health, while disharmonious interactions lead to disease. Ayurveda is the science of developing greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses: taste, sight, sounds, smell and touch. Ayurvedic body treatments utilize the senses of touch, sound and smell, thus bringing harmony to the body, mind and spirit.
Ayurvedic spa treatments have been tried and tested for 5000 years for relaxation, improving circulation, lubricating the joints, detoxification, skin health, energy, stamina, and better sleep. People who have discovered Ayurveda will return again and again, often experiencing improved results over time.