Here are 5 countries we recommend you visit if you’re looking for peace, relaxation and positive vibes.
The Asian continent is the perfect destination for you if you’re aiming to find the right balance between mental and physical wellbeing and this is pretty much a fact. There’s no eastern religion nor philosophy that doesn’t believe in an interconnection between what we think and the way we act in our lives.
That’s exactly why we decided to take an online trip through 5 Asian nations and talk about how to be in balance with the universe.
First stop: the ancient Indian medical system
Ayurveda was developed during the Vedic age (more than 3,000 years ago) in India and is a healing system.
The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the Gods to sages, and then to human physicians. These same texts talked about medicine and healing methods.
“Ayurveda” means life knowledge.
Ayurveda not only treats a person’s physical complaints, but it also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve health. This is because ayurveda medicine is holistic, meaning that it considers the body and mind as a whole. The ancients used to look for the causes rather than the symptoms.
According to ayurveda, everybody has three different types of energy called dosha, that represent the combination of the five elements of nature (space, air, fire, water, earth).
These doshas are known as Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. Since these doshas closely connected to the basic elements of nature and to specific functions of the body, a balance of these energies is needed for optimal health.
This medical system’s main goal is to establish (or re-establish) a connection with one’s inner self and to balance the right flow of energy through chakras. You can achieve such balance though different ways: meditation, unction (snehana), svedhana and heat therapy, yoga and eating healthy. Till this very day, Ayurveda is still used side by side with traditional medicine when curing everyday disturbs.
Second stop: Japan and zen meditation
Zen meditation – or zazen – emerged in India during the VIth century a.C by Buddha Shakyamuni.
The word “Zazen” literally means “deep meditation undertaken while sitting upright with legs crossed”. This technique was then taken to China in the Vth century d.C and reached Japan in the late XIIth century. Once arrived in Japan, this meditation influenced samurai’s culture, social behaviors, customs and rituals. Zen meditation consists of relaxing both mind and body and discovering one’s true essence. It makes you forget about your thoughts and the reality around you, getting rid of fears, judgements and every other negative thought/vibe.
The benefits are: anxiety, stress reduction, immune system improvement, better sleep.
Third stop: Thai massages
Thailand is known to be home to some of the best parlors in the whole world.
This ancient therapy goes way back, like 2,500 years back. Its origin is said to have come from India, from the physician to the Buddha, Shivago Komarpaj, is said to have created the Thai massage. Thai traditional massages were, and still are, used in conjunction with other traditional medicines, such as the indian ayurveda, yoga and traditional medicine.
During the massage, you will be pulled, stretched, and rocked at the hands of your Thai massage therapist. He/she will use every part of their body in order to do so, even their knees, thumbs, and elbows. Some of them might even walk on you, so be prepare for almost everything! But we assure you it’ll be worth it.
So now that we’ve virtually been in New Delhi, Tokyo and in Bangkok, we need to take a break. If you wanna know how this tour ends, we suggest you stay tuned: we’ve got something coming for you.
This is all for now, till next time!
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