What is Ayurveda?
A simple translation of the Sanskrit word tells us that Ayurveda is “the complete knowledge for a long life” or “the science of life.” It is a compilation of techniques, five thousand years old and native to India, that focuses on nutrition, hygiene, and a series of wellness treatments to find balance and health within the body. In our Western minded culture it can be considered as a holistic form of medicine, however, in the countries of the East it is the main form of medicinal care. Some consider this ancient practice “the mother of all healing,” and for those that practice yoga, it is considered a sister science. The Ayurvedic approach is based on prevention and health maintenance, but can be beneficial to those already suffering from ailments such as chronic pain. Healing takes place on many levels within the self, but unlike Western medicine, Ayurvedic principles aim for the root of the problem. Because of this, Ayurveda can provide the optimum health results, finding true wellness, rather than hiding symptoms with medications and unnecessary surgery. Check out our treatments and products page for more specific information as it applies to the theory and practice of Ayurveda, and the ailments they serve best. Ayurveda is especially close to my heart for its ability to help and heal me; my own experience with pain led me to my current career as an Ayurvedic practitioner. I would now like to share with you my journey.
My Life with Pain
My name is Lisa Belisle and I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I thought for many years that I had a simple childhood, and a pretty average one. Had my ups and downs like any other teenager, and then when I was 21 I moved out of state to the greener pastures of California, finding my butterfly wings and experiencing what life was really about. I started to travel and absorb the culture rich world we live in. So I took trips, I found myself in Holland, and Australia and New Zealand, and then Papua New Guinea. Once I arrived on the island, I loved the raw, uncultivated life the villagers lived. What was to be a two week visit turned into a three year stay.
While I was in Papua New Guinea my hips began to hurt, it felt like a thick rusty nail was jammed into the socket. It was a dull nagging pain that drove me crazy at night and prevented me from sleeping. I thought to myself, “well maybe I’m not exercising enough,” so I would walk with the ladies around the golf course every other morning. The pain only worsened and,not knowing what could be wrong, I ignored it. This went on for a couple years. When I returned to California I worked one day a week as a florist doing very large hotel arrangements. I did my best to lead an active life style, eating healthy, exercising regularly, but some days I would be so burdened by my pain I would sit on my over-sized chair with ice packs on my hips and take an Advil. Other days I would be so discouraged that I would break down and cry. Without health insurance I looked to what was available at local nutrition shops, and I started seeing a Naturopath in Orange County who said “get your butt up here, I’m going to fix you and you will have no problems within 6 weeks.” Three thousand dollars later I found myself with an empty bank account and a sick stomach from all herbs I was taking three times daily.
I was busy florist who had to minimize the work load because of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and an ugly condition that doctors labeled fibromyalgia. For years, I refused to acknowledge these limitations until I was brought literally to my knees. Discomfort and pain often forced me to crawl on the floor upon waking and I cried when I had to walk from the store to my car with bags of groceries. Luckily, I met a friend who was a personal trainer. He took me under his wing and while we were travelling, I did everything he did. Within two weeks, I was a changed person. I used the information that he shared with me and hit the ground running. After three months, I shed 15 pounds and I restarted my life.
I enrolled in a nutritional course back home in California when the pain lessend and my “Fibro-Fog” lifted. I began applying the nutritional concepts I was learning to my own life, in hopes that I could alleviate my pain, which seemed to exacerbated by increased sugar consumption and over-processed foods. I cut out carbs from my diet completely, began drinking raw milk, and added more organic protein to my diet. I remained active, and in conjunction with my healthy diet, was able to see roughly a seventy percent decrease in the pain I was experiencing. Although there seemed to be only a residual pain, it was my goal to remove it entirely from my life. My nutrition consultant, and frankly everyone I saw, claimed that “my case was a complicated one, with many layers.” So I began to search for that something that would help me to peel back the layers. Luckily my nutrition classes provided the answer. It was there that I was introduced to Ayurveda. For me, Ayurveda provided the tools to rejuvenate the body and the mind. From the first I was intrigued, and it was then that I booked my final life changing trip to India. I spent four months traveling through the south of India, indulging myself in Ayurveda with the intent to cure myself of my pain, and with the goal that upon return I would be able to help others do the same.
Today I live an Ayurvedic lifestyle, a Holistic Indian method of health and wellness that has been around for over 5000 years. I have continued to practice its principles and because of this, my life only gets better day by day. My journey began with the desire to cure myself, and continues with the desire to cure others through the properties of nutrition and Ayurveda. No one should have to live with chronic pain and unhappiness. I feel it is my purpose to share my success so that doesn’t have to happen. No one should find themselves sitting in an arm chair with ice packs on their thighs, or what have you, popping Advil and being reduced to tears. While I want my client to be well and pain free, I don’t want them to feel overwhelmed; I want them to find relief in the simplest way possible. Beginning at the source, working from the inside out, employing manageable, thousand year old proven techniques to create for themselves the life they deserve, the life they love living.
Since founding Life without Pain four years ago I have been fortunate enough to create a quality line of products and treatments. In addition to services offered, Life Without Pain has come to reside within Muskego, Wisconsin. We are exceptionally proud of our treatment and consult room and our apothecary. Please see below for more information.
Our office is a place of Relaxation
Life without Pain has found its home within Muskego, Wisconsin. We currently occupy one treatment room inside a gorgeous home that is in one of the quietest neighborhoods. We have done our best to provide a calm and relaxed environment for all clients. Within the treatment room, we are proud to offer a warm and comfortable, treatment table, adjustable lights and surround sound, which provides ample opportunity to set the mood for relaxation.
We have our own Apothecary:
In addition to the treatments and homemade products listed elsewhere in the website, we have over 100 herbs, spices, and flowers that we mix tailored churnas, decoctions, and lepas to heal and cure individual patient’s needs. Other Ayurvedic institutes in the area are not as fortunate to offer customized herbal blends. All herbs are certified organic or wildcrafted from tursted sources. Western herbs are purchased from reliable companies or co-ops within the United States, while many of the Eastern herbs are bought directly from India. If clients are seeking an alternative to Western medicine, they can easily find relief using herbal supplements from our apothecary.