My morning routines are now becoming a habit followed by my lakeside walk. I’m starting to see the same people walking each morning as the sun rises. I’m not sure if they recognise me but it’s an interesting assortment including a couple of young Nepalese girls in track suits, a mother and small son, an elderly gentleman with a topi (traditional hat), a group of young girls and boys practicing karate (seven days a week I might add), a group of ladies in their saris always deep in conversation and a couple of young guys hard at it jogging. There’s even a group of dogs I see every morning including the cutest wee puppy! This morning they’re playing tug of war with an old sock or something.
Today is my last normal food day for eight days so I’m stocking up inside – might be a bad idea with what’s to come however!
My treatments today include yet another wonderful 90 minute Abhyanga with Penu then a Chakra Basti with Penu and Dr Rumee.
The Chakra Basti is simply amazing! This process provides subtle nutrition to the Chakra, it helps to improve the function of the Chakra and alleviates the diseased or stressed organ associated with the particular Chakra. It is followed by a gentle massage of the energy points.
The Chakras are the energy fields in the subtle body and govern the subtle elements, sense organs and organs of action. They possess corresponding energy fields in the physical body and the nerve plexus to govern gross elements and to maintain life. In their heightened or spiritual function, they awaken the subtle sensory and motor organs to which they relate, giving us the experience of the subtle world and higher states of consciousness.
Physical diseases relate to imbalances in the outer Chakras which function through the various nerve plexus and endocrine organs. Psychological diseases involve imbalances in inner Chakra functioning.
There are five places for the application of Chakra Basti:
- Mooladhra Chakra (Root Centre)
- Swadhisthana Chakra (Pubic Centre)
- Manipura Chakra (Naval or Solar plexus Centre)
- Anahata Chakra (Heart Centre)
- Vishuddhi Chakra (Throat Centre)
My Chakra Basti today focuses on my Manipura Chakra. I have four of these treatments during my stay so will cover most of them. I also have a Siro Basti in my program which is the crown chakra, on top of the head, so my chakras will be well taken care of by the time they’ve finished with me!
The treatment involves the shaping of flour dough into a ring and placing it around the desired Chakra area, in this case my naval. It is secured into a dam-like structure and warm medicated oil is gradually poured inside. While this is going on I have singing bowls placed on and around me and Dr Rumee ‘plays’ these while Penu pours the warm oil onto my belly.
As I said before, this treatment is simply amazing, I thought the Siro Dhara was the pinnacle but I think this tops it. I’m not really sure how to describe how I felt but it was almost like I was transported to somewhere and I seemed to be floating on a cloud. I guess you had to be there!!
The conditions it treats includes:
- Improves and balances the function of the Chakras for subtle spiritual growth.
- Helps to improve the function of neurons and the endocrine system.
- Helps to pacify the disorders of those organs which correspond to the Chakras.
I’m so chilled out from the Chakra Basti that I spend the rest of the day lazing around reading but I do manage a short walk later in the afternoon before dinner.
Ahhh, the end of another fabulous day.