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Massage and Ayurveda Treatment

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on December 17, 2012

Massage and Ayurveda Treatment by

Vaidhyan Yogacharya Paul Madathikandam

Near Newman College Campus, Thodupuzha, Idukki, India

Classes & Courses on Massaging also offered

Admissions open to all

For more Details Contact Vaidhyan Yogacharya Sree Paul

Mob. +919400877725, +919388813109

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Yogacharya Paul Madathikandam

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on August 30, 2012

Yogacharya Paul Madathikandam

(Yoga Teacher and Traditional Ayurvedic Physician)

Yogacharya Paul Madathikandam, was born into an orthodox Christian family. His parents were traditional Ayurvedic practitioners. He has been interested in Yoga and Ayurveda since childhood and so learned enthusiastically from his family.

Mr. Madathikandam, after years of practice and teaching through hereditary methods, completed a Yoga Teachers Training Course (yogasiromani) from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum, Kerala, India in 1997 and also the Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course (Yogacharya) from there in 1998. He also attended a Yoga Sadhana Intensive Course which is an intensive practical training.

Our teacher’s skills are honed from a locally recognized traditional background. His grandfather taught him Ayurvedic massage in the traditional methods. In Ayurveda Mr. Madathikundum has a hereditary certification from the Kerala government. Mr. Madathikandam is able to massage in different styles using both arms and feet. Because of his holistic, esoteric upbringing Mr. Madathikandam has unique specialties in his Yoga classes which can only be understood by directly experiencing it.

Contact

Address

Mr Paul Madathikandam

Madathikandathil House

Alakode,  Kalayanthani P.O.

Thodupuzha, Idukki – 685 588

Kerala, India

Phone/Mobile

09400877725 (Primary  – BSNL)

09605744330 (Secondary – IDEA)

09388813109 (Reliance)

04862 277725 (Home)

Email

yogacharyapaul@gmail.com

yogacharyapaul@live.com

paulmadathikandam (Skype Name)

 

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Techniques of Ayuveda Massage

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on August 30, 2012

Techniques of Ayuveda Massage

The traditional Ayurveda massage is done on the whole body with medicated oil in a special rhythm and pattern. It is a systematic way of treatment for almost all major diseases. There are several techniques in the Ayurveda massage to increase blood circulation and to make the joints, muscles, nerves and vertebrae flexible. It stimulates the heart, nerves, endocrine glands, joints, muscles and the digestive system.       

These massage techniques provide relaxation, circulation and elimination of toxins. If adopted as a daily practice, Ayurvedic massage techniques can even help to rejuvenate the body. In ancient times, ayurvedic clinics did not regularly offer massage, as everybody gave and received it. Only when patients needed a particular treatment were they referred to specialists that used the appropriate ayurvedic techniques. Today in India, practitioners roam the public places in great number and give head and body a massage for a few rupees. Although they often have little knowledge of Ayurveda they do know how to work with muscles, joints and bones. Many have received training based on the massage developed by wrestlers.

Ayurvedic doctors who were also wrestlers developed a special system of their own that contained the knowledge of the Ayurvedic system of medicine.

These traditional indian massage techniques are based on the ayurvedic Doshas and Marmas (vital pressure points like in reflexology). Specific ayurvedic massage techniques have also been developed for Massage Therapy, used in certain therapeutic treatments like in panchakarma purification. These massage techniques should only be practiced in a particular disease condition under supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor or vaidya. In rural areas, weekly massage is still a family scene. People in India enjoy it – they know that like a best friend it brings joy and relaxation. Medicated oils are essential to any Ayurveda massage.

Abhyangam

In Ayurveda the massage is described as Abhyangam.

Benefits of Ayurveda Massage

1. Jarahar (anti aging) – If done daily to the spine, feet and head with sesame oil, mustard oil or almond oil massage increases virility, vitality and semen. The body is made up of seven tissue ingredients that are called as Dhatu. Because massage is one practice, which provides energy, vitality, and nourishment to all seven Dhatus and old age approaches late, one remains young and energetic for longer duration. In this way, massage is anti aging.

2. Shram Har (fatigue reliever) – Fatigue is actually caused by physical and mental strain. It affects the muscles and causes tensions. Rubbing, patting and squeezing muscles gently removes fatigue.

3. Vata Har (pacifies the Vata) – Constant strain on the nervous system from Vata producing foods and anxieties disturb the Vata and one starts having pain in the muscle and joints. Regular abhyangam massage with Mahanarayana oil or oils prepared by burning garlic in heated oil, or adding fenugreek seeds to boiling oil, mint oil and wintergreen oil all help the troubles created by Vata.

4. Drishti Prasad Kar (Improves sight) – Daily practice of abhyangam massage can improve sight and reduces the risk of blindness. Those who have weak sight or who suffers from diseases of the eyes should massage the feet, especially under the big toe. They should also massage the spine, neck and head regularly. This will remove eye troubles and improve vision.

5. Pushti Kar (makes one strong) – By increasing the circulation of vital life fluids, and because of rubbing, pressing and kneading massage makes the body strong, increases stamina, vitality and virility.

6. Ayu Kar (provides longevity) – By creating an electrochemical balance, massage helps in achieving longevity.

7. Swapna Kar (induces sleep) – Massage relaxes the body and removes tensions. Those suffering from sleeplessness, insomnia or those who are unable to enjoy sound sleep should massage the body (especially the head and feet) before sleeping. The use of oil in this case, especially oil from pumpkin seeds, massaged on the head is very helpful. Brahmi oil is also advised.

8. Twak Dridh Kar (strengthens the skin) – Dryness of the skin is caused due to dry climate, excess mental work, anxieties and constant worrying. People who live in cold climates get dry skin by constantly facing the chilled air, which creates dryness. Vata, by nature, is cold and dry and its cold property is more active when there is a cold wave or cold wind. The skin directly comes into contact with the external atmosphere, and the skin also reflects like a mirror to the inner state of the physical body. There are so many other factors that make skin unhealthy like cosmetics of chemical origin, pollution etc. Massage with oil remove dryness, which is first sign of disturbed Vata in the body. Massage also makes the skin smooth and makes it shine. Regular rubbing makes it strong.

9. Klesh Sahatwa (provides resistance against disease and disharmony) – Massage strengthens the seven ingredients of which the body is made up. These antibodies provide more resistance to disease, and the strength, which comes from the seven Dhatus, gives tolerance, forbearance, and patience. This saves one from sorrows, agonies and anxieties.

10. Abhighat Sahatwa (resistance to injuries & power to recover quickly) – Those who massage the body regularly recover from physical injury more quickly than other person who do not massage. Those who massage regularly experience the healing process from within immediately and they experience comparatively less pain and fewer problems.

11. Kapha Vata Nirodhak – Subsides ailments caused by Vata and Kapha.

12. Mrija Varna Bala Prad – It maintains body strength, skin health and also improves the color and texture of the skin.

Thus in Ayurveda, abhyangam massage is highly praised and much emphasis is placed on the use of oils in massage. However, you must note the above are only guidelines for Abhyangam and you should consult with a qualified ayurvedic physician.However you must take this massage by a specialist who has finished Massage courses through a known Institute

Udhwartanam

Udhwartanam is a special massage with herbal powders for diseases like hemiplegia, paralysis, obesity (excess fat) and certain rheumatic ailments.

Herbal powders are massaged in a special way for 30 to 45 minutes every day for 7 to 28 days. This is considered very good in reducing over weight and controlling cholesterol of the body. It also strengthens muscles and tightens loose skin . There are several types of powder massage for various disorders. Powder Massages are done for rheumatism, to reduce overweight and also to increase weight in some cases. The main powder used for Udhwarthanam is Kolakulathadhi Choornam.

 

 

 

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History of Ayurveda Treatments

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on August 30, 2012

The Real History of Ayurveda Treatments

Where ayurvedic knowledge ultimately developed is unknown, but oral myths, circumstantial evidence, and several early texts have been used to research its origins. Indigenous Indian medicine is probably as old as the Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 3000 BCE. The meticulously planned cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro are pointers not only to India’s rich cultural heritage but also to its advanced systems of hygiene and health care. The remains of deer antler and bitumen found in Harappa testify to the existence of a medical practice. It was between 1200 and 700 BCE, that the four sacred Vedas were composed. References to diseases, herbs and herbal cures can be seen in all the four Vedas especially in the Rig Veda. The Atharva Veda has many hymns eulogizing herbs. Many plants were worshipped as deities and invoked by incantations. There were also many Mantras (invocations) to combat jaundice, consumption and hereditary diseases among others. The Atharvan hymns chanted for the cure of diseases were known as Bhaishajyams and those for attaining longevity and prosperity were called Ayushyams. These hymns, especially the Ayushyams are considered to be the foundation for advances in later medicine.

In in inception, the system of Ayurvedic medicine was orally transferred via the Gurukul system until a written script came into existence. In this system, the Guru gave a solemn address where he directed the students to a life of chastity, honesty, and vegetarianism. The student was to strive with all his being to heal the sick. He was not to betray patients for his own advantage. He was required to dress modestly and avoid alcohol or drugs. He was to be collected and self-controlled, measured in speech at all times. He was to constantly improve his knowledge and technical skill. At the patient’s home, he was to be courteous and modest, directing all attention to the patient’s welfare. He was not to divulge any knowledge about the patient and his family. If the patient was incurable, he was to keep this to himself if it was likely to harm the patient or others.

The normal length of the student’s training appears to have been seven years. Before graduation, the student was to pass a test. But the physician was to continue to learn through texts, direct observation (pratyaksha), and through inference (anumana). In addition, the vaidyas attended meetings where knowledge was exchanged. The practitioners also gained knowledge of unusual remedies from laypeople who were outside the huffsteter community such as hillsmen, herdsmen, and forest-dwellers.

A common myth states that ancient “rishis” (seers) revealed the knowledge after meditations on the questions of life. The result was a treatise of philosophy encrypted in poetry and mythology, partly to reveal the knowledge to true students and partly to help memorize the voluminous oral content. Ayurveda is said to have been first compiled as a text by Agnivesha, in his book Agnivesh tantra, which was written during Vedic times.[citation needed] The book was later revised by Charaka, and renamed to Charaka Samhita (encyclopedia of the physician Charaka). Other early texts of Ayurveda include the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita. The system was orally transferred via the Gurukul system until a script came into existence. The earliest scripts would have been written on perishable materials such as Taalpatra and Bhojapatra, which could not be readily preserved.[citation needed] The script was later written on stone and copper sheets.[citation needed] Verses dealing with Ayurveda are included in the Atharvaveda, which implies that some form of Ayurveda is as old as the Vedas.[citation needed] Ayurvedic practices have also evolved over time, and some practices may be considered innovations upon earlier Vedic practices, such as the advances made during the Buddhist period in India.

Dhanvantari, the God of AyurvedaAccording to India’s Council for Research on Ayurveda, the Ayurvedavatarana (the “descent of Ayurveda”) or origin of Ayurveda is said to be a divine revelation of the Hindu deity Brahma as he awoke to recreate the universe. It was revealed to the gods through the means of the divine physician Dhanvantari who emerged from the churning of the celestial ocean. This knowledge was passed directly to Daksha Prajapati in the form of shloka sung by Lord Brahma, and this was in turn passed down through a successive chain of deities to Lord Indra, the protector of dharma. According to this account, the first human exponent of Ayurveda was Bharadvaja, who learned it directly from Indra. Bharadvaja in turn taught Ayurveda to a group of assembled sages, who then passed down different aspects of this knowledge to their students. According to tradition, Ayurveda was first described in text form by Agnivesha, in his book the Agnivesh tantra. The book was later redacted by Charaka, and became known as the Charaka Samhita. Another early text of Ayurveda is the Sushruta Samhita, which was compiled by Sushruta, the primary pupil of Dhanvantri, sometime around 1000 BCE. Sushruta is known as the Father of Surgery, and in the Sushrut Samhita, the teachings and surgical techniques of Dhanvantri are compiled and complemented with additional findings and observations of Sushrut regarding topics ranging from obstetrics and orthopedics to ophthalmology. Sushrut Samhita together with Charaka Samhita, served as the textual material within the ancient Universities of Takshashila and Nalanda. These texts are believed to have been written around the beginning of the Common Era, and are based on a holistic approach rooted in the philosophy of the Vedas and Vedic culture. Holism is central to ayurvedic philosophy and elements of holism is found in several aspects of ayurveda.

In the Mahabharata it is stated that Lord Krishna had a son named Samb. He was suffering from leprosy. In order to treat him, Krishna invited special Brahmins from shakdvipa (believed as present-day Iran). They were sun worshipers and famous astronomers. They treated Samb and cured him of leprosy. Shakdvipiya brahmins originated from those shakdvipa origin brahmins and are also called as magi brahmins. Sakaldwipya are said to be specialized in ayurveda, astronomy, astrology and the Sakaldwipiya are the sun worshipper or so-called Saura.

The most detailed account of the origin of Sakadvipis or Bhojakas occurs in Bhavishya Purana (chapter 133). They also played a great role in Ayurveda. The founder of modern Ayurveda Charaka was a Maga or Sakaldwipiya. Different schools of Sanskrit philosophy such as Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta and Mimamsa influenced Ayurveda. The principles expounded in these philosophies facilitated the development within Ayurveda of its theory of humoral pathology which propounds that the human body is composed of Tridoshas, the three humors – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When these are in equilibrium they are called the Tridhatus. The body in which these three humors are in a state of equilibrium enjoys perfect health; their disequilibrium causes ill health.

 

Although Ayurveda was formulated in ancient times, there were a number of additions made during the Middle Ages. Alongside the ancient physicians Sushruta and Charaka, the medieval physician Vagbhata, who lived in the 7th century, is considered one of the three classic writers of Ayurveda. In the 8th century, Madhav wrote the Nidana, a 79-chapter book which lists diseases along with their causes, symptoms, and complications. He also included a special chapter on smallpox (masurika).

 

 

 

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AYURVEDA – THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on August 30, 2012

AYURVEDA – THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a science evolved through centuries and developed by the great Indian sages. It is the science of healthy living, the ancient living medical heritage of India. It is a way of co-operating with the nature and living in harmony with it, making our lives happy and healthy. The mind, body, soul and the environment are in a state of dynamic interaction and the maintenance of this interaction in an optimum state of efficiency is what we call health. It is a sense of all-round well-being as contrasted with illness. It is difficult to live without depending on and following the science of health called Ayurveda.

What is Health?

When the elementary equilibrium of the human body is in harmony with nature, a person is said to be in a healthy state. But when this harmony is lost either by means of internal factors like diet, sleep or sexual life, or by means of external factors like the variation of the elements like the earth, water, wind, fire or ether factors, a person is said to be sick. Ayurveda is based on the three Dosha (Vatha, Pitta, Kapha) theory and the Panchabhootha theory (earth, water, fire, air and ether). The whole Universe and also the human body which is part of the universe is made up of the Panchabhootha.

Ayurvedic treatment is divided into two parts

(1) Shamana Chikitsa(Curing of diseases through medicines)- In this, the disease is controlled to a certain extent, but it is not completely eliminated.

(2) Sodhana Chikitsa (Total elimination of causes of disease without any chance of relapse)- In this, the toxins and Malas are completely eliminated and the body is rejuvenated.

Ayurveda is a holistic science which help human beings to achieve a healthy living. It has sound observational concepts which have stood the test of time for thousands of years. It is a science that has overcome the most stringent attacks on its voracity. Ayurveda is one of the most ancient systems of medicine in the world. It is an extension of Atharva Veda; it is a mixture of science, art and philosophy. Ayurveda means the knowledge of life. It not only gives recipes for treatment of illness but discusses at length ways to prevent any form of disease. Ayurveda has eight branches, namely:

1. Kayachikitsa (internal medicine)

2. Balaroga chikitsa (paediatrics and gynaecology)

3. Shalyachikitsa (surgery)

4. Shalakyachikitsa ( ENT, ear, nose and throat surgery)

5. Agadathanthra (toxicology)

6. Rasayanachikitsa (rejuvenation)

7. Vajikaranachikitsa (study of sexual function and reproduction)

8. Manasarogachiktsa (psychiatry)

Basic philosophy and principles of Ayurveda are based on the Pancha Maha Bhootha (the five elements) theory. Human body is made up of five elements, namely ether or space, air, fire, water and earth. The solid matter is the earth and the liquid matter is water, the gaseous state is air, the transforming force in the body is fire and is the source of all matter and the space in which it exists is ether. The body according to the science of Ayuveda has three basic components: the doshas, the dhatus and the malas. There are also composed of the five elements. The controlling forces which act on these tissues of the body are called doshas. They are vata (air and space), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (earth and water). The vata is the lightest and kapha is the heaviest of these.We can experience them only because of the effects they produce on the tissues of the body. The dhatus perform functions under the control of the doshas. The various metabolic products formed from these functions are called mala ( waste metabolic products of tissues discharged from the body.

Dhatus are ruled by the Doshas and cannot function properly in their absence. The food we eat is assimilated into the body to form and displace the Dhatus and through them the Doshas, in turn, influence the function of the Dhatus. The waste products of the body are called Mala. They are metabolic end products. The character of Mala or waste products, like urine or faeces, plays a great role in maintaining of health in an individual. They play an important function inside the body, for the faeces facilitates the function of the colon and the urine influences through intricate hormonal systems the fluid and electrolyte balance of the body. Each cell in the body is a living factory which produces, under the influence of the Doshas, chemicals or Mala which in turn influence the function of the Dhatus which manufacture them. There is an interaction between the Doshas,Dhatus and Mala. The principle of Ayurveda says that if all the three legs of the tripod (Dosha- Dhatu- Mala) are kept healthy, there will be no disease at all.

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