Monday, June 22, 2009

The Luxury of Spas


Locate a patch of trees and expect to find water underneath as well. Just like plants, man can survive for many weeks without solid food as long as he has water to drink. Traditionally water is considered the source of all life. What magical powers water possess?
Immerse yourself in water and relieve the ills of the flesh. Known as hydrotherapy, this has been one of the most effective forms of medicine since the ancient times. Submersion in water allows tired tissues to relax and recover stamina. A warm bath stimulates circulation, luring blood to the body’s extremities to soothe, calm, and sedate.
On the other hand, cold water inhibits the circulation to the skin, redirecting blood to the vital organs in order to restore, energize, and build resistance to diseases. Bathing in a warm tub relaxes tense muscles, turning the mind inward and instilling that sense of peace as stress drifts away.
A spas bath is an extraordinary treatment when mineral-rich sea water or fresh spring water is used. For this reason, many of the sought-after spas in the world are located on coastal areas or adjacent to natural mineral springs. Coastal spas pump in sea water for thalassic therapy – Greek for “sea treatment”. The water is heated since it is believed that doing so increases the adoption of minerals.
Mineral water spas divert water gushing from its underground source into pipes connected to the treatment rooms. In a certain area, the quality of spring water may vary, some waters sparkling with natural carbonation, which increases circulation and flushes impurities out of the skin. According to those who bathe in such therapeutic waters, the bathe stimulates as well as relaxes the mind and draw out toxins from the body. These processes are intended to cool inflammation and makes muscles more supple. The water leaves the skin soft, velvety, and well-hydrated.
Right in your homes, create an ambiance that promotes rejuvenation. Turn off overhead lights, and use several candles instead. Play some lush, relaxing music. Diffuse the air and mix the spa water with some aromatic oils of aromatherapy. Decorate the rooms with flowers.
Water temperature is critical for an effective hydrotherapy treatment. For a relaxing bath, the temperature should be at 35degreesC for 10 to 15 minutes; sore muscles at 38degressC of five to 10 minutes. For an invigorating bath; five minutes at 18-24degreesC. You can use a kitchen thermometer to determine the water temperature.
If you prefer extremely hot baths, stay in the water no longer than five minutes. Hot water dries and tightens the skin and can leave you feeling “wiped out”. The Chinese believe that staying in hot water too long is unhealthy and drains your chi.
After bathing, splash yourself with cool water to tone and invigorate your skin. Cold water also closes the pores of the skin so you don’t get sick.
Massage is also an excellent compliment while you’re still in the tub. Natural sea sponges or loofah rolled down your back and shoulders stimulate and exfoliate the skin. A pumice stone can be used to remove foot calluses.
Plain water cleans very well. Don’t sit in a tub of soapy water. Doing so dries and irritates skin

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Checklist to Long Life


The great sages of ancient India gave man a priceless gift – one that would promote the maintenance and protection of his health. The gift is the ayurvedas, the oldest scientific medical system in the world with along record of clinical experience. With its holistic approach of combining the body, mind, and spirit, the ayurvedas shows how to cure diseases as well as promote longevity. The desire to maintain fitness, health, and longevity is one of the common aspirations of man.
A healthy person has a balanced digestion and metabolism, such as the function of his tissues and waste materials are normal. In such a healthy state, he achieves a well formed constitution, an attractive appearance, good muscular strength, and complete peace of mind. With good health, he gains recognition in the society, friendship with all people, honor, and wealth, since he has the energy and ability to achieve his goals.
Long life is a cherished desire by most people. However for those who are continuously rocked and tangled by the stress and pressures of a high-strung society, long life is vied as a dreadful nightmare. Whether you consider longevity as a curse or blessing, there are physical signs to show you if you are a possible candidate for long life. This information is contained in the chakara samhita, which dates back to around 1,500 BC. Some of this signs are repeated but at least you know exactly what tissues are in optimal condition and which ones are not. Check how many of these signs you might have:
*The skin of the individual is soft, smooth, firm and fine. The forehead is prominent, in the shape of a half moon. The ears, when viewed from the front, appear small, but appear large when raised up and full of flesh when seen from behind.
*The eyes show their white and black parts distinctly. The eyelashes are thick and well set. The nose is straight and moderately prominent, with large nostrils and the end rose up somewhat. The lips are red but not protruding. The jaws are large, as is the mouth. The teeth touch each other and are glossy, smooth, white in color, and equal ion size. The tongue is red, long, and thin. The chin is big and well-formed. The nails are thin, red, and rose up slightly. The hands and feet are rather large, glossy, full of flesh, and red-dish. The fingers are long and, when placed together, do not leave any space between them.
*The back of the body is expansive and the spine covered with flesh. The voice is deep and resonant, with a nasal sound to it, and lingers after speaking. The skin is glossy and vibrant. All the bones are appropriately proportioned and capable of separate and easy movement. The joints are well-knit and strongly connected by muscle and blood, strong and full of flesh. The flesh and blood are best quality, in the right proportion, and all the limbs are ideally juxtaposed.
Such individuals of proportionate musculature and compactness of the body possess very good strength. With these, they can defend themselves from the onslaught of disease. They can stand hunger, thirst, heat, cold and severe physical exercise. They can digest and assimilate large amounts of food properly.
The optimal condition of the blood is seen in the quality of the skin – glossy, smooth, soft, attractive, thin, and tender. This glossy and red color is also seen in ears, mouth, tongue, lips, nose, palms, and soles of the feet.
When the muscle tissue is in the best condition, the back of the neck, forehead, temples, eyes, chin, shoulders, stomach, breast, and joints of the hands and feet become solid, strong, attractive, the voice deep and pleasing, the hair and nails soft and glossy.
When the bone tissue is in the best of health, you have large and well-formed heels, ankles, knees, elbows, collar bones, chin, and forehead. The other bones, nails, and teeth are large, compact, and steady. You know that your nerve tissue is working well when you possess a very soft but strong body, deep voice, glossy skin, and long, rounded joints. When the reproductive tissue is functioning well, you have an attractive personality, a joyful temperament, glossy, strong teeth, hair, nails, full red lips, and a good sexual capacity. Thanks to Marilitz "thoughts".


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Friday, June 5, 2009

PAST LINKS FROM THE PAST


We often say that, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” The past is done over and done with. We should turn the book of life if we want to get anywhere. We cannot change the past. Why delve in it when the present already offers much to think about? Is there any value in the past?
The past may be gone but it has left its imprints in the present. We are what we are today
because of the past. Our thoughts, attitudes, our beliefs today are results of the past. In fact, the impression may be so deep that we may be pushing now because someone had hurt us before. Some people put up a hard fa├žade as a form of defense from the pain. Deep resentment patterns influence us today.
Why wait to be the life’s knife-edge and panic before we resolve these resentments? Now is the time to dissolve and resolve these resentments. In the state of panic, it will be very difficult to focus the minds on the healing work. So right now, we simply have to take some time off to deal with those hidden fears first.
If we believe we are helpless and victims of the past, nature will support us in that belief. We vindicate ourselves and foolishly go down the drain due to such beliefs. This is why we must release ourselves from outmoded, negative ideas, and beliefs that we are not maintaining nor nourishing us. As I’ve told my friends,” Why do you’ve need to strap this heavy load on your back? You don’t need to. You can snip it off and be a happier person.”
To release ourselves from the past, it is vital that we forgive not just others, but especially ourselves. Forgiveness may not come that easily. We may not know how nor even want to forgive, but if we are aware that we must and, at least, are willing to forgive, our healing process begins.
For us to heal, it is essential to release ourselves from the past and forgive everyone. “I forgive you for not being the way I wanted you to be. I forgive you for your shortcomings and set you free.” To come to the point of even saying that may take a lot from us but this is how we heal ourselves.
In the Course of Miracles, it is stated, “All disease comes from a state of unforgiving” and “Whenever we are ill, we need to look around to see whom it is that we need to forgive.” When we are ill, we need to search from within the depths of our hearts to see whom it is we need to forgive. Quite revealing that the very person whom you’re least incline to forgive is the one you need to let go of the most. When we forgive, it doesn’t mean we now condoning or consenting to that person’s behavior or the situation. Forgiveness means letting go. We may not even know how to forgive but to bring to ourselves to want to do so invite nature to step in and take care of the rest.
No one understands our own pain as much as we do. It is easier for us to lock ourselves in what we are going through and forget others who are involved in that experience. Often, it is also difficult for us to understand that those we need to forgive the most are also in pain. We need to understand that those people are doing the best they can with the understanding, awareness and knowledge they have at the moment.
Just as we accept others and try to understand the way they are, we should the same to ourselves. Again, this not to condoned nor justify any mistakes we’ve made, but this must be an acceptance and love for ourselves. From there, we can work out what needs to be done. The past can be change by changing our attitudes about it. But first we must not reject or punish ourselves. This creates many miracles in our life in terms of an improved health, more fulfilling relationships and even more money. We begin to loosen up and express ourselves in more creative, fulfilling ways. It’s almost like magic: everything seems to happen without our even trying too hard.
When we love and approve of ourselves, we create a space of trust and acceptance which in turn creates some organization in or mind. More loving relationships in our life, attraction of a new job and a better place to live in. people who love themselves and their bodies neither abuse neither themselves nor others. Charity begins at home. No charity begins with oneself.
Thanks to Marilitz "thoughts".

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