Jessica Grant, owner of Prima Wellness, was born to be a healer. Originally from Southington, her family placed tremendous value on helping those in need. She’s grown up to become a licensed psychotherapist, an Ayurvedic practitioner, part of the clinical faculty team at Yale University’s School of Medicine, and she has just opened Prima Wellness in the historic West Street Yard in Litchfield.
What is Ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurvedic medicine is a system of natural healing originating in India over 5,000 years ago. An ayurvedic practitioner will facilitate an in depth assessment in order to ascertain your unique physiological constitution, mind-body imbalances, and personal wellness goals. Treatment strategies might include individualized nutrition guidance, lifestyle and self-care practices, detoxification, somatic support, and herbs. Ayurveda works synergistically with mainstream healthcare protocols.
Besides being a licensed psychotherapist, what other credentials do you have? I have worked in mental health for two decades. I am a graduate of the Himalayan Institute’s School of Ayurveda and continue advanced studies at Kerala Institute in India. I have certifications in yoga therapy, western herbal studies, and energetic studies. I am also on the clinical faculty team at Yale University’s School of Medicine.
How did working at Yale segue into you starting Prima Wellness?
I became inspired to champion evidence based practice innovation in the realm of holistic health care and develop a client centered practice that would offer the “alternatives” that are actually traditional healthcare in its most raw and untouched form.
What services does Prima Wellness offer?
We provide therapy, ayurvedic consultations and treatments, energetic healing, reflexology, yoga therapy, customized herbal products, wellness retreats, and specialty groups—including our beloved sacred science for women. We have partnered with Litchfield local, Michael Torrant, and now offer licensed massage therapies.
What role has Ayurvedic medicine and yoga played in your own life?
Every healer has their own wounds, and the most poignant aspect of our healing work is to introspectively learn how to shed light on our own blockages so that we become the purest channel and conduit for helping others. Ayurveda and yoga have helped me to intimately understand this.
Can you share a few Ayuverdic self-care tips for the fall season?
Autumn is a time when the elements of air and ether—vata dosha—peak and imbalance is common. Incorporating food as medicine and using warming spices like cinnamon, turmeric, or ginger is soul supportive. Eat more nutrient dense healthy fats—sunflower seeds, walnuts—and enjoy macrobiotic produce such as beets, turnip, squash, leek, and pumpkin. Grounding with a self-massage of warm sesame oil will calm overstimulated senses; and inviting in rituals such as herbal bathing and teas will cultivate inner peace as we move into the holidays. Breathe deeply and spend time outside to align with earth.