My kind of medicine!
Luckily, ayurveda held
more for me than awkward nose-cleaning. Hot baths four times per week
were to calm my body and mind. This part seemed easy enough. Sign me
Though at first I sometimes forgot to draw my bath, or would from force
of habit go straight to bed, within a couple of weeks, bath time became
sacred. This was not a time for me to scrub, shave, or preen myself;
I took care of that during morning showers. For the 20 minutes I spent
bathing, I simply felt the heat and water around me and let go.
I followed these baths with abhyanga , or self-massage with
oils. I loved abhyanga , which allowed me to nurture forgotten
parts of my body: I awakened atrophied muscles surrounding an old foot
injury, loosened my tightly clenched jaw with small circular motions,
and eased the carpal-tunnel cramping in my forearms.
So did a regular home spa help heal me? No doubt about it. The relaxation
factor cannot be underestimated. Before, I'd avoided baths because they
seemed to be a waste of time. Now I know that time spent relaxing is