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ZunZun Therapies Reflexology & Massage in Clifton, Bristol


According to Ayurveda, all living beings – including human beings – are made up of five basic elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. When combined with each other, these elements give rise to the three bio-physical forces or doshas:

  • Pitta – combining Fire and Water
  • Vata – combining Air and Space
  • Kapha – combining Water and Earth

    The functions of PItta Dosha include digestion, metabolism, vision, warmth, energy, skin tone, hunger, thirst and intelligence. You can disrupt it by eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun. If PItta is your main life force, you are more likely to develop conditions like Crohn's disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections.

    Vata Dosha’s functions include movement, breathing, initiation of activities, stimulation of Agni (digestive fire), excretion, sensory perception, speech and enthusiasm. Things that can disrupt this dosha include eating again too soon after a meal, fear, grief, and staying up too late. If Vata is your main life force, you're more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Strength, anabolism, potency, stability, growth and nourishment are all functions of Kapha Dosha. You can disrupt it by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things that contain too much salt or water. If it's your main life energy, you may develop asthma, and other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity.

    Basic Constitution (Prakrti)

    Each person's combination and proportion of Vata, Pitta, Kapha is determined according to the genetics, die and lifestyle of the parents, along with their emotions at the time of conception.

    Essentially the dominant dosha in the parents combine to form the constitution of the child. This is a unique and specific combination at the time of conception that does not change during the person's life.

    Current Body Constitution (Vikrti)

    As the weather, our diet, energy, lifestyle, emotions and stress levels change, so the balance of the doshas in our body and mind also changes. This alters the state of doshas, reflecting our current state of health.


    If your health is excellent, then your Vikrti will be the same as your Prakrti.

    However, it’s more common for there to be a discrepancy. The difference between Prakrti and Vikrti gives an indication of the kind of therapy and massage you might require and this is our skill.

    The Ayurvedic treatments we offer at ZunZun Therapies aim to re-establish Prakrti in your life.

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