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Holistic Health – Balancing with Touch

Are you feeling run down and out of energy? Are you struggling to keep up with your work and personal obligations? You may benefit from holistic health. Holistic health is a broad term that refers to a variety of health philosophies and treatments that consider the whole person, rather than just individual symptoms or body parts. If you’re interested in holistic health, here’s what you need to know.

Holistic health can be broken down into five main categories: mind-body medicine, natural products, alternative medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and energy healing. Each of these approaches has its own set of beliefs and techniques that can be used to improve your wellbeing. For example, mind-body medicine emphasizes the importance of stress relief and relaxation techniques,

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that has been around for centuries. One of the key principles of ayurveda is that of balance – or finding equilibrium within the body and mind.

So today lets look at balancing with Touch

A loving touch releases healing chemicals. Touch relates to the element of air. You feel a rush of wind on your skin. Like air, touch is full movement and motion. 

Ayurveda reminds us to balance our bodies with Self abhanga or massage.

Why? because skin is the largest organ of the body. 

It’s rich with neuro-chemicals, immune modulators, and nerve receptors. Through these channels, touch changes us emotionally, physically, and biochemically. 

When your skin is stimulated by loving touch or massage, it releases healing chemicals that:

•Enhance immune function
•Improve circulation
•Elevate mood
•Promote restful sleep

All dosha types benefit from self-abhyanga.

In addition to the direct benefits of massage, herbalized oils provide healing benefits. 

According to Ayurveda, these oils help protect tissues from potentially harmful chemicals that can accumulate in the body. 

The skin absorbs the oils, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can protect and balance tissues.

Oil massage keeps the body’s first line of defense,
the skin, lubricated and healthy.

– Ayurvedic saying

 

Would you like to find out If your body in balance?

Take our quiz and find what you need to adjust.  As part of Holistic Health course, we will share tips and look at some foods that can help boost agni, as well as some tips on how to create healthy meals using these foods.

Are you ready to learn more? Great! Let’s get started!

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REFLECTION

  1. BREATHE: 
    • Take a moment to pause and notice your breathing.
    • Feel the air going in and out of your body.
    • Observe how deep or shallow the breathing is
  2. REFLECT:
    • Ask yourself: What are the sources of healing touch in my life? 
    • Can you notice tension, pressure, unpleasant sensations in your body?
  3. RESPOND: 
    • Slow deep breathing… and guide your breath to go deeper
    • Try breathing in for a count of 4 and breathing out for a count of 5 or longer
    • If you notice your mind going away from breathing, gently come back to the breath, without any judgements
    • With the next breath out Release and let go of anything that is not needed
      or anything that is not helping you right now.
    • What new sources of touch would you like to bring in?

Remember that you have a choice!

Breathe, connect with power of choice and stay balanced.

If you’re looking to improve your health, Ayurveda may be a great place to start. This holistic approach to nutrition takes into account all aspects of an individual, including mind, body and spirit.

Our Holistic health course will teach you everything you need to know about the principles of Ayurveda so that you can start eating in a way that supports your health goals. Register now and join us on this journey to better wellness!

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