Candice Ashley May
Registered Herbalist (AHG) | Ayurvedic Practitioner
Candice May began her journey in natural medicine in 2004, as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of New Mexico. Since graduating from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe, Candice has worked with thousands of clients in both a clinical and spa environment.
Currently, she specializes in Ayurvedic bodywork treatments, including abhyanga, shirodhara, marma therapy, and localized bastis (oil baths). Her treatments emphasize deep relaxation and support for the nervous system, which allows for a natural unwinding of stress and tension in the body and mind.
She also continues to offer traditional Swedish massage, emphasizing integration of the body as a whole. Myo-fascial work is combined with flowing, relaxing strokes to encourage release and restoration.
Ayurveda is the 5,000 year old medical system originating in India, with profound implications in today’s modern world. In 2007, Candice graduated from the Ayurvedic Studies Program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she studied intensively under Dr. Vasant Lad and faculty.
Her training in traditional Ayurvedic medicine includes classic constitutional assessment, Ayurvedic diet and nutrition, Ayurvedic herbal medicine, and clinical diagnostic skills. She has since completed additional trainings and mentorships in Ayurveda, and is currently enrolled in the Ayurvedic Practitioner program with the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and is enjoying mentorship with Dr. Claudia Welch.
Candice is a registered herbalist with both the American Herbalists’ Guild, and the Canadian Herbalists’ Association of BC. She has been studying and working with herbal medicines for over a decade, initiating her education with Rosemary Gladstar’s herbal medicine program. In 2011, she was one of the first graduates of the 3-year Diploma of Phytotherapy at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC.
This intensive program is currently the most comprehensive training of Western Herbal Medicine available in North America, and is modeled after the high academic and clinical standards of medical herbalist training in the UK. Candice’s studies at Pacific Rim College included extensive training in Western medical sciences, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced physiology and diagnostics, biochemistry, phytochemistry, nutrition, medical lab tests, counseling, and ethnobotany.
Candice completed over 500 hours in clinical training within the student clinic at Pacific Rim College, where she provided one-on-one herbal medicine consultations for clients in the Victoria area. She has also completed Dr. Aviva Romm’s Herbal Medicine for Women program.
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