FAQs

Can Ayurveda help me? Is it right for me?

Ayurveda can help support you through any kind of disease or imbalance, from asthma to ulcerative colitis and everything in-between. It is right for you if you are looking to treat the root cause of your imbalance and not just your symptoms. It might not be the right fit if you are looking for a quick fix. Disclaimer: I am not an MD or trained in Western medical diagnosis. I happily work alongside your doctor as part of a team, if that is what is best. OK, disclaimer over.

How do I get started?

Your Ayurvedic journey starts here, by booking an Initial Consultation. Before your appointment, I will email you your intake paperwork. You fill it out electronically (or the old fashioned way, if that’s your style) and email it back to me before we meet.

What happens in the Initial Consultation?

Your Initial Consultation is two hours long and we discuss everything on your intake paperwork and more. The paperwork covers everything from your ir/regular schedule to your elimination patterns to what you like to eat and how nourished you feel in your relationships. Because Ayurveda is a holistic science and everything is connected, I look at the whole pie, not just slices.

OK, I just told you my life story. What now?

We meet 7-10 days after your Initial Consultation. In this appointment, I give you your Ayurvedic constitution, we talk about where things are at now and how we are going to get you from where you are to where you want to be. I give you one or two recommendations to start implementing into your life and we order herbal medicines for you at this time. We also schedule your next Follow Up Visit.

What happens in Follow Up Visits?

In Follow Up Visits, we check in to see how the recommendations are going. I offer you creative, non-judgmental support to help you achieve your goals. And we assess how your symptoms presented over the past week. What we want to see, of course, over time, is that your symptoms decrease regularly.

How frequently do we see each other?

We meet weekly for the first 4-6 weeks. I am happy to be flexible here if you need to meet less frequently, but I can tell you that without exception, clients who meet regularly get results faster and are more successful.

What kinds of things are you going to tell me to do?

Recommendations are completely personalized, so no two individuals will experience Ayurveda the same way. Your "homework" may include:​

•Keep a daily habits journal

•Follow a specific doshic diet

•Use the Neti pot every morning and apply Nasya oil to your nostrils.

•Journal your core beliefs about food, career, love, money and sex.

•Drink an herbal cleansing compound 2 X day, in the morning and evening

•Perform a basti (Ayurvedic enema) at home every other day for two weeks.

•Incorporate a series of customized yoga postures into your daily exercise routine.

•Complete this personalized 5-day detoxification program at home.

How much and can I put this on a credit card?

Prices can be found here. I accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover, as well as cheques, cash, PayPal and Venmo.

You seem great and all, but when can I stop seeing you?

Our time together concludes when you have reached your goals and our work together feels complete. Depending on what you are looking for this can take anywhere from one to six months. In some cases, it can take longer; it all depends. My priority is that the work is effective and efficient and also respects your individual pace of change. There is no need to linger or rush and results typically unfold in stages, congruent with your compliance and consciousness.

What is your favorite thing

about Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is for everyone. Whether you want the whole kit ‘n caboodle, or just the tip of the iceberg, Ayurveda has something to offer every single person. I have seen it transform so many different kinds of people and it is the thrill of this lifetime for me to bear witness to that evolution. That is my favorite thing about Ayurveda. Oh, and tongue scraping. Tongue scraping is the best.
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Thunderbolt Ayurveda is by appointment only. For details and to arrange your initial consultation click here.
133 1/2 Kentucky Street, Suite E
Petaluma CA 94952
(707) 353-5088