Monday, January 26, 2009

Some details of my ayurveda treatment at Calicut

I am undergoing treatment for scoliosis at Sukrutham Ayurveda , Calicut. First  few details about my condition.

According to my physio, I have idiopathic scoliosis. The curvature in my spine is not as prominent as in the X-rays that are shown on various sites regarding this disorder. 

When I was in Bangalore, about four months back, I got this pain in my legs which I initially ignored, but which became unbearable later on. I did not consult a physician till i was in Cochin, and the condition aggravated.
 I consulted two doctors before my friend referred me to his physiotherapist who then diagnosed my problem as scoliosis. Then followed about 2 weeks of physiotherapy which helped me a lot.

It was my mother's idea to go for an Ayurveda treatment. 

So here i am. 

The first three days consisted of abhayangam followed by podi kizhi.

The word abhayanga means to massage.The massage is customised to each patient depending on their disease or condition. There are different types of abhayangam also. From what I have read and understood mine was Vata har.

This was followed by podi kizhi which is massage with herbal powders.It is mainly done with the powdered roots of 12 herbal plants such as alpinia galanga, ricinus communis, sandalwood and dry ginger. All these are fried together with a little rock salt, crated coconut and lemon juice. The mixture is tied in muslin cloth boluses and is again heated in warm fire. It is then soaked in herbal oil to massage the whole body. After that, the patient is given a bath in moderately warm water. The treatment is an alterative to remove toxins and balance tridosha - vata (nerve energy), pitta (catabolic fire energy) and kapha (anabolic nutritive energy)..

On the fourth day my treatment was changed to Navara kizhi in which a special type of Rice called Navara is cooked in milk and herbal decoction is packed in small cotton bundles. With this the whole body is massaged. This improves circulation, relieves muscular stress and aches.The added advantage here is it is also good for the skin!!! :).

These are the basic details of my treatment, apart from the daily schedule and some medications....

Well there is always a tendency in me to complicate my life... I think I am very good at it...may be no one can do it like me...

Just cannot let life be as it is,
Always the search for more,
better, and even more...
The Quest, almost always lands me
in a quagmire, the solution to which
Involves that which am terrible at ;
between something desirable, lovable, 
unnatainable, unreasonable or un
Importance of anyone, questioned, cannot be
I procrastinate, delay and try to circumvent
And then comes a point where finally life takes a decision!!!
And tries to attain the equilibrium that 
I always tend to destroy....
I know it 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thoughts on seeing the sunrise today!!!

The rising sun peeks through the cover of the night,
 spreading a healthy crimson glows across the sky 
like the supple cheeks of a new born baby...
reflected in the calm mirror of the great blue ocean... 
Heavenly is this vision, 
reenergising and reinvigorating...
Every day would be better than the one before, if this is the foremost sight that welcomes...

When the world is at its best most of us are still under the covers of our bed, exhausted from yesterdays drudgery or indulgence... The most positive energies are radiated during dawn to sunrise...just to observe nature awaken during sunrise soothes the mind and body and relieves the lethargy and laziness, giving the day a magnificient start...which can last throughout the toils of the day...

Just some more thoughts from today morning!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Dream

Lying down on the warm sand of the beach of nowhere,
Gazing at the silent and calm blue vastness the sky,
Pure white clouds like ribbons strewn over...
tranquil and unearthly the feeling is
Nothing is mine or yours, Everything is ours
But  everything is for everyone

Day passes over, gives way to the cool night
Cool zephyrs take you into their arms
and take you to the world of dreams.
You lie there exposed to the nature whim and fancy
And she protects you as a mother its child

Each passing moment refreshing and reuvenating
Energising the whole body with the nature's love
Danger is unknown, betrayal is non existent
Life is simple, uncomplicated

Then the dream rushes into reality
and I awaken...


These thoughts come to me while i am undergoing Ayurveda treatment  for scoliosis at Calicut... 

Life is so fast and mechanical these days...never did i think i will become a typical city dweller. A typical working day doesn't give me enough time to spend on myself,my family or my pets...This is a comparatively laid back and chilled out city of Kochi!!! There is so much I wanted and want to to do, but then there is so much that I  have to do. It seems to me that there is so little time left for all that I want to achieve and enjoy. Its like being in a race without a finishing line, so there are really no winners. I also know that my life is more balanced than many of my friends, colleagues etc, but then still there is so much I feel that I miss out on...

There are so many things I wanna learn... I keep thinking that I will do this, learn that...never works out...Heck I haven't been able to manage even a drivers' license till now( i know thats pathetic). Yeah i know, may be i just don't know how to manage my time, or may be I cant prioritise... but then thats just me. Again i end up telling myself, you cannot have everything in life!!

Am  not exactly a career woman, I value family more than a career, but then I do not want to depend on anyone either. So there is the need to work... and then I can't do work for the sake of it...It should be meaningful and something of value... Since I have fortunately found a job and an organisation to my liking, I cannot help being committed and sincere to it...thus my work is always lingering at the back of my mind, even when I am with my friends or family...thinking of ways to better the reach, the effectiveness etc...

Sometimes I do feel like letting go of everything and just focussing on what I want to do...but just a second later reality strikes and am back on track!! There are something you need to let go in order to have a 'normal' life i guess! By normal I mean which is accepted and recognised as normal by contemporary society...which is again relative...anyways discussing that right now would be too philosophical and unwarranted too.

I guess thats all for not supposed to sit for long....need to go now!