It's monsoon again! The best time for you to adore nature. Monsoons provide fresh life to all living beings. The heavy rainy monsoon may not seem like the best time to go for a wellness break. But in reality, enhancing the healing properties of ayurvedic treatments is considered to be the best time to engage in this ancient holistic medicine. Monsoons reduce the immunity of the body, rendering it amenable to any sort of healing.
Due to the geographical conditions, Kerala gets heavy rain during the monsoon. Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of medicine in India, which is believed to be the result of an imbalance in the body's internal energy. Ayurveda has been followed for intense rejuvenation therapy, as part of the health retreat in Kerala, during this season. Many people praise the benefits of this holistic treatment, and it is said that these benefits outweigh the benefits during the rainy season - but what makes the rainy season an ideal time for Ayurvedic rest?
A downpour of rain can have a calming effect, especially if you do not need to get out of it. The soothing effect of rain is especially beneficial when you spend time relaxing and recovering. When your mind and body are at rest, they will be more open to the healing powers of the treatments, meaning you will gain more from them. As the monsoon season limits the amount of physical activity you can do during heavy rains, you can avoid overwork that allows your body to relax and enjoy the full benefits of treatment.
Ayurveda treatments during the monsoons are highly preferred as the body becomes more receptive to the treatments and medications during this time. Rain and moisture help to open pores and soften the skin, allowing Ayurvedic treatments to have a greater impact on the body. Ayurveda treatments typically involve the application of oils and the use of steam to flush out toxins inside the body and rebalance the doshas.
Ayurveda divides a year into six seasons: winter, spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and late autumn. This is the basis of a slightly different division of doshas that dominate at a particular time.
In Ayurveda, each season has its advantages and disadvantages, and each season is determined by another. Panchakarma purification practices like Abhyanga, Swedanam, Virechana, etc. help to detox the body, helping to relax, nourish and rejuvenate the body cells and cleanse effectively during Monsoon. Some of the procedures are:
Kizhi: An Ayurvedic treatment of massaging performed with small satchels containing herbs, rice, or sand. Depending on the type of material used, kizhi can be classified as dry powdered, leafy greens mainly raw plants using leaves and roots, navarakizhi using special Navara rice and sand pulp using sand particles.
Pizhichil: is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment that gives a gentle massage all over the body with mild medicinal oils. In ancient times, kings were treated exclusively, hence it is known as the "treatment for nobles" or the "king of Ayurvedic medicine". The important part of Panchakarma - Pizhichil, is an Ayurveda treatment that combines oil and heat therapy to enhance blood circulation and remove toxins from your body.
Shirodhara: It is a unique and powerful Ayurvedic treatment that balances and stabilizes the mind. In this treatment, specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured on a person’s forehead directly in a thin consistent stream. Shirodhara purifies the mind, relieves anxiety, reduces headaches, and develops awareness. It can be administered on its own or as part of the Panchakarma cleansing process.
Marma Abhyanga: Marma is the vital point of the body that contains the Prana energy. During Abhyanga (massaging), the gentle pressure on the marma gives vital energy that gives ultimate healing to the body and mind.
Yoga: Kapha, Pitha, and Vata that are accumulated from time to time in our body need to be removed according to the different seasons. The monsoon season is ideal for yoga and meditation. Sometimes it makes sense to participate in yoga and meditation exercises because of the heavy rain and sometimes you do not want to go out and you can not always sleep and relax. Pranayama, Svanasana, Bandhasana, Bhujangasana, and Naukasana are some of the yoga poses that are suggested to be practiced regularly during monsoon.
Ayurveda teaches a life that is in harmony with nature and benefits from what the seasons offer. This is also true during the cleansing monsoon season. The wisdom of Ayurveda not only enables us to enjoy the beauty of rain and nature but also to appreciate the beauty of better well-being. Live in harmony with the benefits of the season and receive its overall benefits.