Kapha

Kapha = Water + Earth

Cements the elements in the body, providing the material for the physical structure.  Kapha attributes are: heavy, slow, cold, oily, slimy, dense, soft, static.

Physically Kapha people have well-developed bodies, and have a tendency to carry excess weight.  Their complexions are fair and bright, with soft and lustrous skin.  Their hair is thick, dark and wavy, and they have large, beautiful eyes.

Physiologically Kapha people have regular appetites with slow digestion,  and slow movements.  They have strong stamina and are generally happy, healthy and peaceful.

Psychologically they are slow to learn, but what’s learnt is never forgotten.  They tend to be tolerant, calm, forgiving and loving, but they can also exhibit traits of greed, attachment, envy and possessiveness.

Typical illnesses that afflict Kapha types and can be eased by Ayurvedic Massage are:

Weight gain, lethargy, excessive sleep, cellulite, reduced stamina and fluid retention.