Rejuvenating Health with Ayurvedic Medicine
Jun 01, 2019 06:29PM
● By Martin Miron
Ayurveda holistic services at Still Point Ayurveda include massage, Ayurvedic yoga therapy, Ayurvedic nutritional consultation, massage therapy, Thai massage, shiatsu, CranialSacral Therapy, reiki and other Ayurvedic hands-on modalities.
Antonio (Vishnu) Aragona AD, AYT, LMT, founded Still Point Ayurveda part-time in 2003 and full-time in 2009. He states, “I provide a high level of integrated care and have many years of experience and training. It is clear that the first step must start with the consultation and assessment, where the protocol is begun and several sessions are put in place to support what is needed. Panchakarma (a deeper detoxification and rejuvenation protocol/program) is also considered on a case-by-case basis.”
Aragona has dedicated his life to helping others transform from victim to victor, so that they can awaken to a hidden potential of healing and guiding them on their paths to a better life. He helps them to reconnect with their health through their bodies and hearts by providing a safe foundation that involves exploring the potential of emotional and physical wounds that have affected others health incorporating a holistic model of body-mind-spirit medicine.
Aragona’s life has been all about transforming and transcending his own childhood traumas that rendered him hopeless and helpless at times. It was his life purpose to transform it all so that he can be a lighthouse for others and show them how it's possible to go from pain and suffering into health and happiness. Growing up as a first-generation Italian immigrant family, he learned household responsibilities, the art and science of gardening and healing through compassion as he witnessed friends and family around him struck by grief. During this time, he was introduced to massage at age 5 through his stepfather, learned old-world Italian herbal remedies and began developing an interest in healing sciences.
Aragona was a victim of sexual, physical, emotional and mental abuse. Poverty on so many levels was an issue, and not just financially. This went on for years, and his self-esteem was shredded to the point that he developed emotional and physical numbness. Yet, something inside him persevered. He had this sense that all of this pain could not be real and there had to be a way to finding peace. Aragona’s brother was the sole positive influence during childhood.
Wanting to understand the mind and learn why people behaved as they did, he enrolled in a psychology class in high school and fell in love with the subject, so much so that he eventually made his way to SUNY Purchase College and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, as well as a master’s degree in Ayurveda. Aragona was affected by 9/11 in New York City, and this prompted him to relocate to Philadelphia.
Aragona has an upcoming cooking class is in the works, along with a talk at Temple University for a private group, and another workshop offering the basics of Ayurveda on specific topics such as weight loss and sleep. He attributes the success and growth of his practice to the quality of care provided and the satisfaction of clients with the results.
Still Point Ayurveda is located at 6911 Cresheim Rd., in Philadelphia. For appointments and more information, call 215-356-7270 or visit StillPointAyurveda.com.