THE ALL-PURPOSE HEALING THERAPY
by Jay Chatterjee & Roshmi Raychaudhuri
My childhood impressions
of treatment of illnesses were of thermometers, vile-tasting
tonics and unending rest! Mother had appendicitis; bed-rest
intoned the doctor (after surgery had taken place). When Dad
developed a heart problem he was forbidden all movement and
exercise. At the hint of any illness, the doctor would poke
and prod, look sombre, prescribe medication, and most important,
consign the patient to 'bed-rest'.
The therapeutic value of
exercise, was, however, always known to all practitioners of
yoga, and those who practiced the Tibetan yoga
rejuvenation technique and other holistic healing therapies.
And they lived their lives accordingly.
Today, exercise is recommended,
by all streams of healing, as the fastest route to recovery
( and prevention) of a diverse number of ailments. From minor
aches and pains to serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart
disease - even cancer, exercise can have a beneficial effect
on many conditions.
Ailment: Age-related loss
of balance and flexibility. Suggested exercise: Yogic stretches
and some of the postures in the Tibetan Technique are ideally
suited for development of balance and flexibility in a slow,
steady and sustained manner.
Suggested exercise: Yoga.
It's true that exercise can trigger asthma attacks. But it can
also cut the risk and frequency of asthmatic attacks by opening
the airways and strengthening the lungs. Finding the routine
that is right for you is important. Yoga's mind control and
breathing aspects are particularly beneficial as Asthma attacks
are known to be directly related to stress.However over-exertion
should be avoided. Unsuitable activities, for asthmatics, are
outdoor winter sports such as skiing and skating, or hiking
in areas infested with allergy-inducing agents.
Suggested exercise: Swimming or walking.
Activity induces the body to produce endorphins, which assist
in the pain-healing process. In addition, exercise serves to
strengthen the muscles around injured joints. An added bonus,
exercise usually leads to weight loss which helps to fight osteoarthritis.
Suggested exercise: Any aerobic activity.
There's no better mood-bolstering routine than a good workout.
Experts recommend exercising at least three times a week. Even
short bouts of aerobic activity such as cycling, repetitive
exercises such as the Tibetan technique, or swimming can combat
stress. Virtually any activity stimulates the release of those
"feel good" endorphin hormones and can enhance mood and lift
one out of depression.
Ailment: Epileptic Seizures
Suggested exercise: Gentle, relaxation-inducing routines.
A new study has determined that practice of yogic asanas and
stretches are effective in the containing of frequency and duration
of seizures, which are often precipitated by stress.
Ailment: Heart disease and
Suggested exercise: Walking.
Lack of activity ranks as one of the leading risk factors for
heart disease, the number one killer. Combined with proper diet,
exercise lowers high blood pressure (which protects against
stroke), besides controlling such risk factors as high cholesterol,
stress and obesity. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate aerobic
activity, is required. The American Heart Association also recommends
weight training and practice of proven stress-busters such as
meditation, yoga and tai chi, which are being increasingly used
in cardiac rehabilitation.
Ailment: Menopause Suggested
exercise: Yoga and the Tibetan technique. Hot flashes, high
cholesterol, mood swings, weight gain, insomnia and bone loss
can all be tackled through exercise. The Tibetan technique,
also acts upon the endocrine glands which are responsible for
Suggested exercises: Walking, running or repetitive resistance
Exercise not only helps prevent injuries from falls, but reduces
age-related bone loss. Don't leave this preventative measure
till you reach a point beyond repair and your skeleton becomes
too brittle to build bone mass. The hip and thigh bones benefit
greatly from walking. Lifting weights adds bulk to muscles,
which in turn puts pressure on bones, so strengthening them.
If you're not into weights, you can bone up using the Tibetan
technique which incorporates some resistance exercises similar
to push-ups and lunges, and stimulate bone formation.
Suggested exercises: Walking, dancing
(standing or sitting), swimming, and bicycling (regular or exercise
bike). The more activity you incorporate into your regimen,
the faster you will lose weight. It's a simple math formula;
energy burnt (through activity) must be more than energy consumed
It won't happen overnight.
But be determined, set fitness goals, start slowly, and enjoy
the routine & you WILL make it.
The first rule is to find
an exercise you love to do. If you thrive on challenge, you
may want to take up tennis or golf. If you are the reflective
sort, you can try early morning walks, tai chi or any form of
yoga (the Tibetan technique, too, is a form of yoga).
You'll have to listen to
your body when making the choice. Whatever activity you choose,
try to maintain your target heart rate for at least 30 minutes
several times each week. (Doing so once every day would be most
beneficial). Try meditative exercises, yogic stretches or gardening,
or rhythmic exercises such as swimming, dancing, the Tibetan
technique or running. These are all healing activities for mind,
body and spirit.
Make sure you check with
your doctor before starting any exercise program, and ask what
heart rates you should target while exercising.
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Studies have found the effects
of low-intensity activities to be very favourable, although
no one kind
of exercise can claim to be the best. The Tibetan technique
uses weight-bearing principles, and is an amalgam of rhythmic
exercise, yoga and breath control. We consider it very effective
in addressing most of the ailments mentioned above. It is the
exercise regimen of choice for ourselves.
And, when you incorporate,
exercise, the all-purpose therapy into your daily routine you
will see and feel the benefit almost immediately. You'll
look fantastic, and feel fantastic!
Better skin, better shape,
better self-esteem! Better start practicing how to handle the
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Jay Chatterjee, a Chartered Accountant and ex-Corporate Banker,
lives in Canada.
Roshmi Raychaudhuri is a business-woman residing in India. They
have shared a longstanding and keen interest in the effects
of natural therapies. On a trip to the Himalayan foothills,
they came across an ancient anti-aging and body rejuvenation
system based on stimulation of the hormonal glands. They have
put this information on their website for the world to share.
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