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Meet Chelynn Tetreault of Little Lotus Ayurveda in Northampton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelynn Tetreault.

Chelynn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began my post-college life as an artist and waitress living in Jamaica Plain and working at various high-end restaurants throughout the South End of Boston. I very much enjoyed the social scene, the art of fine foods and dining, and my ability to provide excellent service. My desire to serve others expanded after I graduated from MA College of Art and went on to study and become licensed in Therapeutic Massage around 2004. I loved the idea of making my own hours, assisting others with their health and being an entrepreneur.

My twin sister, who was also a massage therapist, introduced me to an ancient form of medicine originally from India called Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as ‘life knowledge” or “life science”. I took a bodywork course in the field of Ayurveda and instantly fell in love with the foundational principles that Ayurvedic Medicine offers. The main goal of Ayurveda is to provide longevity, vitality and good health for an individual so that they may live out their personal life path to the fullest. I have been studying and practicing Ayurveda for about 12 years and my practice has grown to not only include therapeutic bodywork but also providing consultations for patients. I offer consultations both in person at my office and online if the patient is long distance.

I love having my own practice and business and to be a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, it must be a path of love, as there is much dedication required.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Finances, divorce, priority of caring for my child, the field of Ayurveda is largely unknown by US culture, having to change the paradigm/mind set of our culture, the strong belief that others heal you to the idea that you heal yourself and a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist simply provides the guidance for healing to occur.

Working alone, making all the decisions myself.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I have a private health practice called Little Lotus Ayurveda. My business helps individuals to ease suffering they experience when their health is not at its best. I assist patients to reconnect with their health by making additions to their diet and lifestyle practices. I also provide proper herbal formulas and bodywork therapies to further assist a patient in their healing. Little Lotus Ayurveda specializes in individual consultation work and is known for supporting patients through seasonal cleanse and rejuvenation processes.

I am very proud that I have been able to flourish as a private practice using non-Western approach to help others heal for over 12 years. What sets my practice apart from most other health practices is that I take the time to get to know the state of health and health imbalance in every individual I work with and provide a specialized treatment plan unique to that individual.

Work with all people, work with pregnant and postpartum Mothers, a very overlooked time of life that needs specific health care support.

What were you like growing up?
I was spirited, assertive, funny and somewhat cynical. I was into athletics, especially competitive running, and did quite well academically and was involved in extracurricular activities such as drama/theatre.

I would always question why things were the way they were and that has definitely carried over into my adult life. I don’t go along with what everyone else is doing just for the sake of fitting in. I enjoy what misfits have to offer society, and that we have all felt like a misfit at some point in our lives, and that it can be a positive thing! I always liked the misfits.

I loved drawing and art and studied sculpture and photography in my college years. I still have a small photography business and bring art-making into my life whenever possible.

Pricing:

  • Personal Ayurvedic health consultation: first visit, 90 minutes: $120; follow-up visits: $90 (online or in person)
  • Personalized herbal formulas: $40-100 per month
  • Ayurvedic bodywork therapies price range $90-110

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1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Pasculli

    November 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I speak from experience, Chelynn is the real deal. Full with love and intelligence.

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