Optimal health is integral to keeping our minds and bodies flourishing. Yoga is one part of a healthy lifestyle that includes making informed choices. There are a variety of methods for treatment and we have provided some here…
According to Patanjali, the great ancient yogic sage, there are a number of major impediments to yoga – over eating, over exercising, too much public contact and speaking too loudly. For this century we should add one more – toxicity. Clearly we are living in a toxic world, not only chemically and environmentally but just simply due to the obvious challenges and stresses imposed on us in our contemporary life styles.
Every day our bodies face the formidable challenge of functioning properly in our chemically laden world. In fact, most people need to detoxify or cleanse some aspects of their life on a regular basis. Cleansing or Detoxification in holistic terms means ridding the body, mind, + spirit of unwanted, unneeded, toxic substances or influences that are detrimental to good health.
Massage and Bodywork
Receiving massage and energy work is a wonderful complement to maintaining a healthy body and mind. While it’s important to practice yoga so that we learn body alignment and stress relief independently, it’s also important to give ourselves the opportunity to have someone else help us. Here is an introduction to some great forms of therapeutic massage and energy work.
Swedish Massage/Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
Most commonly requested in wellness spas. Adapted from Chinese methods of massage. Generally uses oil, lotion or cream and focuses on long gliding movements combined with some friction. Can be relaxing and gentle or go deeper to focus on releasing deep knots in the muscles.
Known as ‘lazy man’s yoga’, a relaxing bodywork performed wearing loose fitted clothing on a mat on the floor. Involves gentle pressure points along with yoga like stretches to help joint mobility and flexibility.
Japanese bodywork performed with loose fitted clothing on a mat on the floor. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine working along meridians with thumb pressure to balance body energy.
A gentle form of Japanese energy work involving “laying on hands” in order to keep the unseen “life force energy” flowing. Without obstructions to the flow of energy wellness is maintained.
Deep work involving the manipulation of myofascial tissue in order to manipulate structural imbalances. This is generally intense and quite deep.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the early 1800s. It uses medicines made primarily from natural substances (mostly herbs, also minerals) which have been diluted so many times that the original remedy substance is no longer present. Instead, its vibrational pattern has been imprinted on the water it was dissolved in. It is this energetic imprint which the remedy imparts to your body’s Vital Force or chi (healing energy), stimulating it to react against your health condition and push it out of the body for good.
As an energy-based healing system, homeopathy has many advantages over conventional medicine. There are no side effects or adverse reactions; it stimulates and strengthens the body’s healing energy, instead of weakening it and lowering the immune system; it is especially well-suited for people who are extremely sensitive (to medications, environmental toxins, etc.); it can address mental and emotional as well as physical symptoms; the remedies are inexpensive and do not need to be taken indefinitely.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India that aims to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle in order to maintain wellness. Yoga is one of the recommended therapies used in Ayurveda. Recommendations will often be different for each person regarding which foods, yoga poses and which lifestyle changes they should follow in order to be completely healthy.
Ayurveda understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas. Each person has some aspect of each dosha: Pitta (fire), Vata (wind), Kapha (water). When the doshas are out of balance, the ayurvedic practicioner will make recommendations to either increase or disperse a particular dosha.
Acupuncture is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems. Acupuncture originated in China more than 3000 years ago and has been embraced world-wide.
There are many traditions of meditation. Vipassana or mindfulness, transcendental and zen meditation are just a few of the well-known practices.
Many people will commonly say they don’t know what to do in order to meditate or they aren’t sure its ‘working’. Meditation is simply the art of not doing anything. Sitting and being fully aware in the present moment. From that stillness arises a sense of clarity of mind and a place from which we can truly express our authentic ‘self’.