Why do we as women rarely take care of ourselves? We are care givers, nurturers, loving and caring. Women work jobs, come home and prepare meals, do laundry, help children with homework and are ready for the special attention our husbands may require, and/or engage in activities outside the home, such as, bible study, choir practice, or a meeting. This becomes a lifestyle, beginning all over again the next day which leads into weeks, months and years.
Sometimes women start feeling uncomfortable in their bodies; headaches, backaches, menstrual cramps, insomnia, irritable bowls syndrome and more. The skin wrinkles showing premature aging and some develop rashes; hair may start falling out causing baldness, development of diseases and maybe body odor. We panic and run to the doctor, where drugs are prescribed to help us feel better momentarily, not realizing our lifestyle may be the cause of these symptoms. Women are so busy caring for others that we are not conscious of what is happening in our own bodies until we are out of control and ill. We need to care for ourselves too.
Women are beginning to recognize this correlation and are taking control of their lives by eating healthier, getting more rest, doing yoga, taking a walk, run, spin or dance class, meditating or other activities to enhance the quality of their life.
Women are also realizing the healing benefits of body works, such as: massages, reflexology, reiki, and AYURVEDA .
Ayurveda is the science of natural healing system from India dating back 5000 years. There are the different types of Ayurveda healing systems treatments:
- Abhyanga, (energy massage with medicated essential oils) helps balance the energy in the body called dosha (metabolism). When the body becomes out of rhythm with nature, it causes a dis –ease in the mind and body that can turn into disease if not corrected in time.
- Ayurveda manipulations, work the body (bones, joints, muscle, circulation, heart, lymphatic system, nervous system, and the marma points (vital areas)), by adjusting the intercellular fluid in the body-lymph, to create a chemical balance among the organs to preserve their proper functioning.
- Shirodhara (deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbalized oils poured in a gentle stream over the forehead), synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. It also enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp and generally aids in release of stress and tension.
- Vishesh (vigorous rhythmic treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances), breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body when certain channels are blocked or when neither awareness nor blood can access deeply seated tissues.
- Nasya (nasal cleaning), clears the brain, calms the nervous system, and is excellent for the sinuses and also very stimulating. It will enable you to smell the roses.
- Acupressure (applied with pressure using the thumbs and fingers and no needles) stimulates the prana (life energy) flow in the body to remove pain, stress and tension.
More and more women and men are using these natural healing modalities to enhance the quality of their health and life. Life is short and then we die. Until we die, let’s live. Let go of the fear to live and just live simply, Ayurvedicly speaking.
Toni’s Happy Hour Yoga & Holistic Ayurveda Wellness Center