It's been about a month and a half since I started this Ayurvedic journey, and I've been doing pretty good. The diet is becoming more and more natural, and I'm not stressing over what I can't eat. I'm not craving coffee anymore, and when I do have it, I rarely finish a full cup.
I've had a few days where I felt light-headed, but Jessie says to make sure I'm drinking plenty of water before bed. She also mentioned that the effects of Ayurveda don't happen overnight- that all the work I am doing now, will actually kick in in a few months time. She says my body is getting stronger and changing, so this could also be a reason for the light-headedness.
A now for the good stuff. I went for my Abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage) the other night. Oh man, was it worth the wait. First of all, here's what Abhyanga is:
Benefits of Abhyanga massage:
Improvements to quality of sleep
Balances the nervous system
Boosts the immune system
Tones skin and lowers blood pressure
Slows down the aging process by regenerating tissue
Reduces joint pain and increases flexibility
Cleansing for the lymphatic system
Reduces fatty tissues
Nourishes the mind
Builds strength and promotes creativity
Eases stress-related problems
A wonderful way to heal after birth and helps to increase the mother’s milk supply
As I lay there, Jessie explained a bit about the technique, and the oils that she was using. She used mostly circular motions, and some up and down movement, but always outward from the limbs to make sure toxins were being released. Jessie used sesame oil on my body to balance Vata and Kapha. Rose oil was placed on my head to balance Pitta. Since the weather in Toronto that night was close to zero, she steered clear of coconut oil since it has a cooling effect. If she had used it, it may have actually caused me to develop a cold.
After the hour was up, I just laid on the massage bed for an extra few minutes, letting the experience absorb. I was advised to take it easy for the rest of the night, and to make sure I had something warm when I got home.
I took the greyhound from Toronto back home to the country. The long ride gave me a chance to unwind even more. I had a cup of tea when I got home, and was in bed by midnight.
I slept like a log... a straight 10 hours of deep sleep. It was divine!
For the next while, I'll be keeping up with my Vata-Pitta pacifying diet. I'll go back to see Jessie in a couple of months for a follow up... and another massage of course.
Benny recently spent the day with me over at Camp Ho-Ba-Chee, while we prepared for a photo shoot for an upcoming project. He's used to being with Sonny all day, but since he's my trusty sidekick, I figured it's about time he tag along so he could explore his new neighbourhood. He did just fine, and greeted everyone that came in with warm hugs and a sniff-down to see if they had any food for him.
I got a couple of shots of him looking pretty among all the vintage fare, and just had to share them with you.