Mud is an important element of nature. It contains important minerals which have positive effects on human health. Mud can absorb toxins from human body therefore is very useful in preventing many diseases. It is also known for its healing properties. It also helps in cooling and relaxing body as it can hold moisture for a long time.
Benefits of Mud therapy
It relaxes muscles and improves blood circulationIt maintains metabolism rendering positive impact on digestion
It is useful in conditions of inflammation/ swelling and relieves pain
It is a good hair conditioner and is good for skin
It is useful in condition of stiff joints
Massage therapy is used for treatment of many disorders and for up-keeping a good general health. Massage has been in use as a therapy for many centuries to cure different ailments. Hippocrates is known to have used massage therapy for treating many of his patients. While performing massage therapy on a patient, a therapist manipulates soft tissues of body to restore health of a patient.
Massage therapy is very effective in toning body, nervous system, elimination of body waste/poison through kidney, bowel, skin and lungs, and improving respiration. Massage therapy is also useful for improving blood circulation, relieving pain, fastening metabolic rate, delaying appearance of facial wrinkles, easing stiffness of body, and toning muscles.
Water therapy is a very powerful method to cure a variety of ailments. It involves treatment with water containing sea salts at different combinations of hot and cold water for treating different ailments. Water therapy can be classified in two categories: Hydrotherapy and Water exercise therapy. While water therapy requires special knowledge of the procedure and must be performed under guidance of a trained therapist, Hydrotherapy could also be performed at home for backache. The most popular of water therapies are Enema, Hip bath, Spinal bath, Colon irrigation, Foot bath. Arm bath, Jacuzzi, Steam bath, Whirlpool, Circular bath, underwater massage, Immersion bath, Wet pack etc. Different combinations of hot and cold water are used for various effects for treating different ailments.
Raga (Music) Chikitsa was a treatise written in the ancient times,which highlighted the usage of ragas for treatment of various ailments and the methodology to listen to such ragas for cures.
Raga is referred to as a ‘miracle of microtones’ and the swaras can range between 5 to7 which covers 22 sruti’s in an octave. The flexibility in Indian music provides the performer an opportunity to osculate swaras, which is where Raga music plays the therapeutic role. The frequencies can reach the neighboring swaras which intensifies the listener’s musical experience. Overtime the raga music therapy system can trim a person’s mind and their behavioral pattern.
Every listener will have a connection to their favorite raga emotionally and physically (e.g. nod of the head). The list below provides raga’s which can assist in defusing certain diseases.
Reflexology is the massage of the feet. The feet are divided into zones that represent the whole body. The massage of the nerve endings situated at the bottom of the feet triggers off a response in the body. Thorough stimulation of all reflex areas of the feet reduces stress and tension and creates a space in the recipient’s body for healing to take place.
Therapeutic reflexology is a very popular therapy all over the world and in South Africa in the major cities, but not as well known in the rural areas. A few companies are now employing therapeutic reflexologists on a full time basis.
A micro system is one part of the body that contains a reflection of the whole body. It is believed that there are several micro systems in the human body such as the hands, ears, tongue, and head. In reflexology the body parts are reflected in miniature detail on the feet, with the front of the body on the soles and the back of the body on the top of the feet.
A steambath is a steam-filled room for the purpose of relaxation and cleansing.
Steam baths provide a variety of health and beauty benefits, suitable for almost anyone. Warm, moist heat supplies sink in to the skin, joints and muscles. The skin first responds by opening the pores, cleaning several layers deep into the dermis. Perspiration carrying the body’s toxins can seep out of the enlarged pores with ease. The body reacts by relaxing sore muscles and improving blood flow, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to all areas of the body, even the most delicate capillaries. A steam bath—also called steam shower, hot springs, sweat lodge, wet sauna, hydrotherapy and hot bath—is safe and beneficial for almost every age and medical condition.
The body has 2 ways of removing toxins, through the kidneys and through the skin. Toxins exit the skin via sweat and this is why people use steam baths. Over a period of 5 to 20 minutes in a steam bath, the skin will start sweating out all of the body’s toxins and leave you looking and feeling healthier.
Shirodhara (Shiro – Head, Dhara – Flow) is considered as the most divine of all Ayurvedic therapies. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice performed in India for over 5,000 years. In this wonderful body detox program with relaxation process, the scalp and forehead is caressed with a thin stream of medicated lukewarm oil. Shirodhara treatment is extremely relaxing, rejuvenating and enhances the functioning of the central nervous system. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions including eye diseases, sinusitis, and memory loss. This is one of the most divine therapies which helps in awakening your body’s intuitive knowledge.
Shirodhara is proves to be extremely beneficial for people suffering from Vata and Pitta imbalance. When Vata is out of balance, it exhibits as fear, insecurity, worry or racing thoughts & when there is a Pitta imbalance, it is e exhibited as anger, irritability, frustration or judgment. The action and qualities of the liquid used in Shirodhara counters the qualities of the out of balance doshas. It soothes, nourishes and pacifies the doshas through the application of the liquid to the forehead, scalp and nervous system.
Fasting is abstinence from food or drink consumption, or both, for a specific period of time. The word Fast comes from Feastan in English, which means to observe. In Sanskrit fast is called Vrath. In naturopathy, it is believed that fasting is important for preservation of health. Fasting could be practiced for a long period or could be practiced with intermittent breaks. It is essential to consult a naturopath incase one wishes to proceed with a prolonged fast.
Air is essential for our survival and fresh air is key to good health. It is advantageous to take air bath every day, i.e. walk in fresh air for atleast 20 minutes with very light clothes on. The effect of air bath is enhanced when it is combined with exercise and cold rub.