Ayurvedic Reflexology: A Fusion Of Western And Indian Healing Methods

Posted on June 6, 2017
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Reflexology goes back thousands of years ago to no particular culture or continent. Historical accounts of the Egyptians, Chinese, Japanese and Indians show that they were practicing healing methods similar to the principle of reflexology. It is possible that the principle of applying pressure of the body’s extremities and nerve endings to induce relaxation is a shared discovery by these ancient cultures.

In India their version of reflexology is called the Ayurvedic Reflexology. Although those in practice do not refer to it as another type of reflexology but an entirely different method borne out of a fusion of two principles, reflexology and Ayurveda, the traditional Indian health system.

Ayurveda is of two Indian words; ‘Ayur’ or life and ‘veda’ or knowledge. The term roughly means the knowledge of life. Its basic concept states that health is holistic; it must be a fusion of a health mind, body and spirit. A healthy body cannot be achieved unless one is of a happy mind. A happy mind is also achieved through spirituality. Ayurveda also encourages the use of herbal medicines as a result of our harmonious coexistence with nature. It focuses on the prevention of illnesses rather than cure.

Daily massage is an inherent part of the Ayurvedic healing. A full body and hand massage is recommended each day before breakfast. If a full body massage can be undertaken, then vital energy parts can be massaged such as the head, temples, face and ears to maintain good health.

In reflexology, hand and foot massages are important, though in Ayurvedic, hand massages are for morning rituals and foot massages are for bedtime rituals to prepare the mind for a calm sleep.

Ayurvedic reflexology utilizes sesame oil as lubricant between the massager’s hand and the patient’s skin and Kasa bowl to press against the arch of the patient’s foot. These instruments allow better movement for the massager’s hands and prevent sprain and injury. Some reflexologists have reluctantly quit their clinical sessions due to the injuries caused by repeated arm and wrist movements.

Marma points are widely used in the Indian concept of reflexology. Much like the acupuncture and pressure points in Chinese and Western reflexology, marma points pertain to the vulnerable energy spots in one’s body that is pressed to detoxify and rejuvenate. The marma points located on opposing limbs are massaged one after the other in a circular motion. The difference between the Western reflexology and Ayurvedic reflexology is that the Western practice follows a map with several pressure points for each body part and internal organ whereas the Ayurvedic practice only has five major areas that cover the basic human anatomy.

Both traditional reflexology principles warn against improper use of reflexology. Generally, it is good for everyone, although there are a few exceptions. People who have abnormal skin conditions, acute trauma on the foot or hand, circulatory disorders such as severe varicose veins must refrain from getting reflexology treatments as it could worsen or have adverse effects on their health conditions.

Pilates Yoga

Posted on March 5, 2016
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Joseph Pilates, a German immigrant, developed the famous and highly popular Pilates exercise program, designed to get you fit without the bulky muscle of the Mr. America type. He spent many years, beginning as an adolescent, studying various body disciplines in his search for a program of exercises to promote health and fitness with a lean look and a graceful demeanor. Among the disciplines he studied was yoga, which he integrated into his method. Developed in the late 1920’s, Pilates yoga today is a well respected and wildly popular form of this ancient art and body discipline.

Although Joseph Pilates did not achieve fame in his lifetime, his work was practiced and carried on by a small group of devotees to his methods, for decades, before the recent explosion of Pilates exercise programs and Pilates yoga. Today, Pilates’ form of yoga is at the forefront of exercise and self discipline regimes. Pilates yoga is especially popular with dancers and athletes, as well as celebrities who’ve caught on to the superior benefits of Pilates’ methodology.

Pilates yoga requires an instructor to have expertise in human anatomy and movement, physiology and the principles of yoga. In order to evaluate the knowledge and integrity of the yoga instructor, several yoga organizations offer online information on choosing a qualified yoga instructor. There are even certification programs which require months or even years of study.

If you choose to pursue a Pilates oriented yoga program, you’ll want a well qualified person as your instructor. Be aware that some “certified” instructors may have as little as a day’s or one weekend’s training. In order to gain maximum benefit of a Pilates yoga class, look for a teacher with at least the minimum certification of 250 hours of training. An instructor with a 500 hour training certification will likely prove a good choice.

With the current popularity of the Pilates programs, you need to be careful in choosing an instructor, as certification programs are not standardized and vary widely in both standards and depth of training a certification may represent. So how do you make an intelligent assessment of your Pilates yoga instructor?

The Pilates Method Alliance (www.pilatesmethodalliance.com) has a database allowing you to search for qualified Pilates instructors in your locale. In addition, they give you a run down on the profile and standards of a qualified instructor, as well as tips on interviewing your potential instructor.

Another resource is the non-profit Yoga Alliance group (www.yogaalliance.org), dedicated to serving the yoga community with resources and their own searchable database of Pilates yoga instructors meeting their strict standards of qualifications.

If the Pilates yoga program holds an appeal for you, invest a little time in finding the right instructor and you’ll soon be on your way to that fit, lean body you always wanted.

Christian Meditation: Knowing About God’s Word and Obeying It

Posted on September 15, 2015
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When you hear people say meditation, there is a great chance that you will often think of Buddhist monks humming with their hands on their large beads. You will also imagine bald people in yellow robes reaching enlightenment. You have to consider that meditation isn’t only done by bald monks in yellow robes in order to reach enlightenment and know about Buddha’s words of wisdom, you have to consider that other religions, such as the Christian religion also practices meditation but in a very different way.

The Christian bible tells Christian followers to think about God’s word. You have to consider that what you think about affects the action you take. The mind is a powerful part of your body that can control your mind. So, by thinking about God’s words about the great things you have to do in order to benefit other people and help people who can’t help themselves, you will be making a good thing on society.

Meditation has a very different meaning in the Christian religion. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to shave your head and wear yellow robes, lie down on the floor or squat in order to meditate, meditation in the Christian religion means to think. In Christian meditation, you have to think about the good words that God has commanded people to do. You have to consider that you shouldn’t break the commandments and you have to do good to your fellow human beings in order to go to heaven and have eternal life.

You should consider that meditation isn’t just about thinking about Gods word, but you have to consider that you have to focus on it in order to imprint it in your mind and have a guide to live your life free from sin. Christian meditation is very easy to do and not as complex as you might think. All you need to do is pray with your heart and think of the things God have said. There are three times during a day where you can do Christian meditation in order to guide your everyday life. First is just before you sleep in order to make sure that you think of what God’s words were as you go to sleep, upon waking up in order to have a guide to start your day, and some time in your day so that you won’t forget about God’s word.

You don’t have to lie down in order to do Christian meditation. All you need to do is think about God’s word wholeheartedly and also accept them as your daily guide in your daily life.

As you can see, you will know what your priorities in life are if you do Christian meditation. All you need is a little time to think about what God has said and in order to satisfy your soul’s needs. As you live life like this, you will see that you will be happier and be more satisfied on how you live your life.

Chakras System as Healing Meditation

Posted on July 20, 2015
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Awareness, balanced thinking and well being are the results whenever body, spirit and mind works in full harmony. In actuality, nothing can overcome the sensation of being healthy on all levels. Now-a-days, this can be accomplished by using healing meditation technique. Healing meditation is performed by the reprogramming of negative human thoughts that results in illness. This reprogramming converts negative thoughts into the positive desires to achieve good health.

Human perception of different images does not matter in actual. The majority of people see themselves by means of the eyes of their brains. On the other hand, some can only imagine of the current processes occurring within their body. Few are capable of accepting the fact that anything they imagine is also happening to them in actual. In spite of any of these categories a person belongs, he can actively contribute in healing process. This is the most significant thing one can do.

Chakra System is one of the easiest forms of healing meditation. It brings quite profound effects on a person’s health. The chakras of a patient have core importance in the due course of healing process. A human body has seven key chakras (Chakra System) and several other less important minor chakras. These chakras are basically the energy centers or points in which energy flows. In fact, these are energy junctions of a human body. These centers are energetic links to your spiritual concentration and natural consciousness. The energetic operations of chakras can heal your body parts, mind, emotions and potentially spirit.

A particular chakra or an essential energy point has a unique character, which corresponds to the distinct part of your body. These energy centers resembles to the whirlpools of energy where every vortex lie within your body from the spinal cord (energy center) rising toward your head.

Following are some guidelines for using the Chakras System as Healing Meditation:

1. Chakra suggests sitting in straight posture just like other positions of meditation. Place your feet with uncrossed legs flat on floor. Rest your hands on the lap in a way that your palms remain exposed.

2. You can surround yourself with the white or sapphire blue light to activate your chakra system. You can also get assistance of meditation guides or practitioners during the process.

3. Chakra plates are the basic cabinets of chakra center. Each plate has a diameter of 6 inches.

4. You should start with the Root Chakra’s cabinet and remove Plate. Check out if there is any breakage or discoloration. This plate should be of striking bright red color similar to the chakra’s color.

5. Repair the cracks if you can or dispose it otherwise. Introduce a new plate and make it shiny before putting in the cabinet. Carry on the process until all the Chakras come to an end.

Healing meditation through chakra system can bring a good change your condition. However, successful results can be obtained through regular practice. In this way, you can get true healing by means of Chakra System.

Yoga: The True Meaning

Posted on June 27, 2015
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If you enroll yourself for a modern yoga class, you will find that it has many similarities with ballet. Most people take up yoga due to the grace, poise and flexibility it promises, like ballet. However, whatever yoga has in common with other exercises does not last beyond the first look. Even though yoga is now touted as the modern chic way to achieve fitness and health benefits, yoga is a centuries old Eastern practice with deep spiritual roots, combining different cultures and traditions.

But because of the Anglicization of yoga, it has lost a great part of its spiritual aspect, and has become just a new form of exercise to the western world. The meaning of yoga has been lost though the ritual itself has been preserved unchanged. In the olden days, yoga was viewed only as a small part of a larger whole, such as the branch of a tree. But now, the West views yoga as the tree itself, the essential deeper meaning has been lost.

Even though the development of yoga cannot be traced to the exact moment in time, it is roughly taken to be at the time of the discovery of the seals of the Indus Valley civilization which depicts figures in the yoga posture (asana) of the lotus pose at about 3000 BCE. Around this time, the Vedas were also being written and these are the sources of the current yoga postures. The Vedas gave rise to Vedic yoga which created the old Indian obsession with ritual and sacrifice. The yogic corpse asana shows the importance given to sacrifice.

It involves lying as if placed in a coffin, signifying death, the greatest of sacrifices. This is deeply meaningful, even though it might seem morbid today. The corpse pose meant that one understood that according to the Veda’s teachings, death leads to freedom.

Yoga means ‘union’ and sacrifice was seen as something which would join the physical and the spiritual. The Vedanta sutras (verses 4:4, 13-14) say that the free soul is not attracted to material possessions. By wanting us to liberate ourselves from being attracted to materiality, compassion wants us to be self-sacrificing. This spirit of unselfishness and giving must needs be compassionate.

Even today, modern yoga does make this possible. Through the medium of the asanas and stillness, we can change our awareness and thus, our outlook. We will feel ourselves to be part of the cosmic whole, and see how giving to others is also giving to ourselves, as we are all one.

Yoga, in the ancient days, was seen as a small part of a whole. Millennia ago, yoga focused on breath work and postures amid the betterment of the mind, body and spirit. But today, yoga concentrates more on postures and less on breathing. Yoga’s postures and concentration on breathing do offer tremendous advantages. The medical benefits of yoga include increase in flexibility and energy, reduces stress, improves muscle strength and tone, reduces depression, and improves balance and coordination.

Aromatherapy: What Is In The Essential Oils?

Posted on April 9, 2015
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Aromatherapy relies greatly on essential oils. The thought is that these oils that are extracted from plants can help in the production of good moods and improved thoughts. They can also help in the founding of physical wellness. If you are hurt, you can often find help in the use of aromatherapy. Yet, how this works is quite amazing. Through the smell of these oils, your body triggers healing, it helps to improve the mind, and it can help to improve your mood as well. And, believe it or not, aromatherapy is scientifically proven.

But, what is inside all of those different essential oil products in aromatherapy? Learning what you can get from these oils is important. Here are some of the aspects that you will find in the aromatherapy products that you purchase.

• Essential Oils: These oils are taken from a plant. It can be done in one of several methods including through distillation (the most common method) and through expression. In addition, a solvent can help to extract them as well. This makes up a substantial amount of what goes into your bottle.

• Absolutes: Another type of oil, this one is extracted from the flowers. It can also come from the plant tissues. It is extracted from solvent use or through supercritical fluid as in a rose.

• Hydrosols: Most of the time, these by products are not good smelling and are not often used in the final product. They come from the distillation process. For example in rosewater. You will likely find them used in chamomile and rose products.

• Phytoncides: These are organic compounds that are actually able to kill microorganisms. They can help in providing the healing aspects.

• Carrier Oils: Triacylglycerides are oily plant bases that are used in aromatherapy products. Their job is to help in diluting the essential oils enough so that they are effective yet not too strong or overpowering to the skin.

• Infusions: These are extracts of various types of plant material. They are infused into the product for your use.

Learning about what is in aromatherapy can help you to see just how the process benefits you. Aromatherapy has a lot of very common plants in it. Yet, how those plants are used is what makes the most difference in the long run. Seeing what is in those bottles can help you to see why they would benefit you if you use them.

Acupuncture and Arthritis

Posted on December 18, 2014
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Acupuncture is a therapy that has long been held in high esteem because of the beliefs that the Chinese had about its capabilities. However, if you are currently living with arthritis then there is something that you should know about the acupuncture therapy. For starters, there have been arthritis patients who have experienced a great relief from the arthritis pain that they have felt. Whether or not acupuncture works for everyone dealing with this kind of chronic pain is unknown, but what is known is that the therapy does work and there should be lots more research being poured into this age-old technique.

Theories about Why Acupuncture Cures Arthritis

Many chronic arthritis have said that they feel instantly better after a round of the acupuncture therapy. This is not only an astounding finding, but many people and researchers don’t exactly know why it works. However, the only existing and current theory comes from the Chinese because they believed that the therapy of acupuncture could cure pretty much any pain in the body. For starters, the Chinese believe that there are various acupoints located along points in the body that trigger the pain that is felt, especially during a bout of chronic arthritis. If acupuncture needles are then pointed towards those acupoints in the body, it is believed that the pain will cease and the individual can go on living a healthy life.

This theory certainly is held true over the very many lives that have tried it. More than ten million Americans currently suffer from some form of arthritis, and many of those patients feel as if they have nothing to lose when trying acupuncture. Indeed, they do not have anything to lose, because the Chinese believed that this form of therapy, even if it wouldn’t work for some people, certainly would not be of harm to anyone.

Where to Receive Arthritis Acupuncture

If one is looking to find a cure for their arthritis and they are looking for an acupuncture cure specifically, there are many places one can go in order to try this age-old therapy. For starters, universities and colleges along with research centers are usually more than happy to take on arthritis patients in their effort to find out more about why acupuncture does work. Along with these kinds of establishments, though, there are also set acupuncture therapists that work alongside patients in their private offices, and these are the offices where the more individualized acupuncture care can take place. If one is not able to find an acupuncture therapist in his or her own city or town then chances are that they will have to drive a short distance to find someone who is interested in the therapy.

Nevertheless, though, there are thousands of places across the United States that are interested in pursuing the art of acupuncture in order to cure arthritis. What arthritis patients do know and what acupuncture therapists have known for quite some time is that the therapy does work well and it only take a little bit of believe and confidence in order to know that one will actually get better from the terrible and plaguing arthritis.

Advantages Of Homeopathy

Posted on October 21, 2014
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The reason why homeopathy has gathered quite a lot of adherents to its way of treating ailments may stem from the fact that it operates quite opposite principles of what conventional medicines follow. Many people seem to notice that certain alternative remedies such as what homeopathy offers may provide a necessary alternative especially when conventional treatments may not be able to provide an effective cure for certain diseases. Here are the other advantages that the practice of homeopathy may offer.

It is considered safe.
Homeopathy is considered as a safe alternative form of treating diseases and other ailments. The main purpose of homeopathic remedies is to aid the body and the life force from fighting disease by improving its own capacity to heal. The remedies in no way work against the natural healing processes of the body. That is why most consider it as a relatively safe form of alternative treatment.

Homeopathic remedies are based on natural ingredients.

Synthetic and man-made substances are considered as obstacles in the practice of homeopathy that may impede the body’s own natural healing powers. That is why homeopathic remedies are only made from ingredients that are naturally found in the environment. Homeopathic medicines are basically made out of natural ingredients.

Homeopathic medicines are easy to use.
Most remedies developed through homeopathy come in the form of small sugar pills. They are usually convenient to carry and easy to take. Homeopathic medicines are also recognized and regulated by the FDA. There are also over the counter versions that can be conveniently obtained fro stores.

Homeopathic medicines are quite affordable.

People may consider using homeopathic medicines simple because they are quite inexpensive. People may be able to undergo homeopathic treatment for ailments and diseases for fairly less as compared to costly conventional medical treatments.

Remedies can be used safely with other forms of treatment.
Since it is considered relatively safe, homeopathic remedies may also be used along with other forms of therapy and medication. One way of using homeopathic remedies is by using the along with other supplements and herbs. These remedies won’t affect even if people may be taking other forms of medication to treat their condition.

Homeopathy in non-invasive.
One good thing about the practice of homeopathy is that it is a non-invasive form of treatment. It does not in any way disturb the natural processes of the body because it may disturb the natural balance of vital forces that homeopathy aims to uphold. The practice also does not try to suppress the body’s natural ability to heal.

The advantages offered by homeopathy makes it quite popular among those who wish to find a good alternative to conventional medicine. For the advantages that it offers, homeopathy makes a good supplemental treatment that may help improve wellness.

Tips To Look For A Safe Alternative Herbal Medicine Online

Posted on August 6, 2014
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Alternative herbal medicine is the latest trend in modern medical technology. Modern societies are known to make use of this method for addressing common health-related problems or to improve their body’s overall performance. They are free from side-effects commonly attributed to synthetic medicines distributed and used today.

If you are planning to take this method of healing for better results and savings then you might want to look for the best herbal medicine in the online market. There are quite a lot of them around but you have to be careful before buying one to ensure that you are not scammed by frauds active on the Web.

1. Consult An Expert Before Purchase

Consumer should always take extra care in what they drink or eat — especially in the case of medicines. Even if herbal medicines are reputed to be 100% free from side-effect, we can never be too sure how our body will react to the ingredients in it.

Such is the case; it is best to consult an expert first and have your body checked and your health problem diagnosed in order to determine what type of herbal medicine would be best to use, as well as making sure that you won’t have any allergic reactions to it. Have a doctor prescribed you details on the name of the herbal product, ingredients, and dosage for use.

2. Check The Company Who Made The Product

Since you will be buying your herbal medicines on the Web, you have to be sure that the product is 100% safe to use. Since identity is a common problem related to the Internet, it would be best to do your research first to ensure that you won’t be having troubles with its use later on.

You can use search engines to pull out some information about the pharmaceutical company that made the herbal product. You can use the name of the herbal medicine or the company that made it as keywords and try to check out reviews from different consumers who tried it out. While you’re at it, you might want to check if these companies are affiliated with known government health services and credible medical companies in the market.

3. Determine The Ingredients Used

If you don’t want to have any allergic reaction to a specific herbal medicine then you need to check out the details indicated on the label. Since the product is advertised online, there should be a specific page on the distributor’s homepage that details the natural ingredients and other chemicals used in it. If you have no idea what to look for then you better consult an expert to determine whether it is safe for you to use or not. Don’t buy herbal medicines on the Web without proper information of its ingredients, dosage, or usage to avoid compromising your health.

4. Look For Consumer Testimonies Online

It would be prudent if you look for testimonies of people who have used the herbal product before making the purchase. We can never be too sure how it would affect our health when used so you can base your research on those who have tried it out and to determine whether it worked for them or not — and whether it could be useful for your health concern. Don’t stick only with the positive comments but concentrate more on the negative postings from consumers to make sure that you get the advantages and disadvantages listed down to help you decide.

An Introduction to the Art of Meditation

Posted on June 24, 2014
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Mediation activities and their daily practice is not a new thing as it also belongs to our ancestors. People of old times were very well aware of meditation art and its advantages. Now-a-days, individuals like to include meditation as an indispensable part of their lives to bring an immense distinction in their lifestyle an attitude. The process of mediation includes numerous postures and steps. Most commonly used of these postures are as under.

1. Cross Legged Posture
2. Seated posture
3. Kneeling posture
4. Corpse posture
5. Hand gesture

At present, the most recent technological advancements are considered as the best way of introducing techniques of meditation to people across the globe. Generally, Meditation CD is considered as the best way in this regard.
Meditation plays a vital role in the lives of a lot of people with an aim of cultivating pleasure and internal peace. These are two most important parts of a person’s internal nature. But, the impending barriers in human nervous systems results in deprivation of getting such things.

Therefore, it is required to perform any of the meditation activities on daily basis. It will help in the removal of these hindrances in your nervous system. Yoga practices also enhance your capabilities to cope with stressful situations of your life. Quietness of your internal nature can only be attained with the aid of proper enlightenment and nourishment.

The meditation CD is a good source, which can offers proper guidance to perform different meditation activities. Orientation is the most important and vital aspect of all kinds of meditations. In fact, if you understand the philosophy behind the meditation then you can get maximum benefits out of it.

Meditation is basically a simple process of conscious relaxation. It is a combination of processes and postures, which involves human brain to achieve state of pleasure and tranquility. Concentration is the backbone of all meditation techniques. Free you mind of all thoughts and try to get rid of all sorts of distractions to fall in the deep meditation state.

Numerous health specialists revealed that patients of stress and anxiety do not need drugs for curing purposes. They can easily overcome such problems by bringing into play any of the best suitable meditation technique. The meditation has been proven as successful cure from years to reduce depression and anxiety. It is also the best solution to prevent you from panic attacks.

Meditation is nothing but an enjoyment of flow of positive energy in your body. So, you can do meditation by just feeling relaxed by lying on floor. All you need is that your back should be in comfortable mode. Conventional styles of meditation like prayers are the most excellent ways to bring your brain in an ideally relaxed state.

Now, you can get all inclusive information about meditation, its techniques and performing facts in CD format. You can get these CDs from your nearby market. However, Meditation CDs are now extensively available on internet. Just search out the most reliable website offering CDs with absolute information about meditation exercises.

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