You have your diet and exercise down pat. However, some days too many stresses come from every direction. Then you need to hit the panic button and find a way out of the hole you seem to be digging. By trial and error, I have found many things that do just that.
I want to share Ayurveda with you all today. I did intense cleansing and revitalisation in India called Panchakarma. I am not suggesting to go to India when you have a tough day. For me, it was my last resort and being told I was dying and medical intervention could not help.
From that experience, I regularly do a short Ayurvedic treatment to quieten everything down in my body and mind.
The key ingredient for me is the warm sesame oil massage. Also, I have a compress dabbed over me and also a body scrub. Then finally a fine jet of oil is gravity fed over my forehead. I find it balances my chakras and doshas, plus opens my third eye. However, some of you may find that is too much. So to put it plainly, I simply go home, sleep like a baby and wake so positive and fresh. I have talked about the importance of sleep for years, and this tops my list for ways to have the ultimate sleep and to heal your mind and body.
Here is the Spa Menu I used recently in Hanoi Vietnam. I know Ayurveda is available in most cities in the world.
However, you can do this at home yourself pretty easily on a daily basis for a cumulative wellness and health effect. Which if you can do more for yourself on your good and not so good days, you build a greater self-belief in yourself and your ability to manage your Crohn’s. So daily self-massage is a perfect quick way to benefit yourself on many levels.
"The Benefits of Ayurveda Self-Massage “Abhyanga” courtesy of The Chopra Center.
Steps to Follow for Self-Massage:
Warm the oil (pour approximately ¼ cup into a mug and warm using a coffee-cup warmer.) Test the temperature by putting a drop on your inner wrist; oil should be comfortably warm and not hot
Sit or stand comfortably in a warm room
Apply oil first to the crown of your head (adhipati marma) and work slowly out from there in circular strokes—spend a couple of minutes massaging your entire scalp (home to many other essential marma points—points of concentrated vital energy)
Face: Massage in circular motion on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws (always moving in an upward movement). Be sure to massage your ears, especially your ear-lobes—home to essential marma points and nerve endings
Use long strokes on the limbs (arms and legs) and circular strokes on the joints (elbows and knees). Always massage toward the direction of your heart
Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine; moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side
Finish the massage by spending at least a couple of minutes massaging your feet. Feet are a critical part of the body with the nerve endings of essential organs and vital marma points found there.
Sit with the oil for 5-15 minutes if possible so that the oil can absorb and penetrate into the deeper layers of the body.
Enjoy a warm bath or shower. You can use a mild soap on the “strategic” areas, avoid vigorously soaping and rubbing the rest of the body.
When you get out of the bath, towel dry gently. Blot the towel on your body instead of rubbing vigorously.
Enjoy the feeling of having nourished your body, mind, and spirit and carry that with you throughout your day.
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Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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Hello, I am Dr Michael and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 12 years old.