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Alternative Treatments for Healthy Living

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  • Sep 6, 2013
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Meditation & Mindfulness

Laughter Therapy

What it is: Just a few generations ago happy healthy adults spent 20 minutes a day, or more, laughing. Today daily laugh-time is down to 5 minutes or less. Why have we lost our child-like ability to laugh for no reason? Laughter Therapy helps adults regain their ability to laugh without intellect. You will quickly rediscover the joy and happiness of laughing for the sake of laughing and reap great overall health benefits.

How it Works: A certified laughter coach leads a group through a series of warm-up routines that include clapping, chanting and physical movement. This relaxes inhibitions and prepares us to laugh. Breathing exercises are done to loosen the diaphragm after which a series of laughter exercises begin. It could be said that laughter is initially 'acted out' in exercises but due to group dynamics real laughter soon takes over, spreading contagiously. Sessions can last 30-60 minutes.

It’s not all about just eating right and exercising. We require emotional and spiritual rejuvenation!


A Taste of Mindfulness

What it is: The Buddhist Retreat Centre in Kwa-Zulu Natal offers meditation retreats to newcomers and seasoned meditators alike. The retreat gives participants a taste of the practice of Mindfulness: developing moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. This powerful practice enables you to relate to whatever is unfolding before you and makes it possible to work more creatively with the stresses and demands of daily life.

How it Works: A two-day weekend  retreat combines traditional eastern wisdom with modern science and psychology and aims to generate a greater present-mindedness, less reactivity, and more relaxation, body awareness and self-compassion through mindful exercises, yoga, group discussion and reflection. You will be taught how to integrate the practice into your daily life.


Ayurvedic Massage

What it is: Settle the stress in your spirit, mind and body with an Ayurvedic assessment followed by a muscle-melting back, neck, shoulder and hand massage using oils specific to your body type.  The benefits range from rejuvenating, detoxifying, weight reducing, healing, revitalising, nurturing and balancing.

How it Works: Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine originated in India that dates back over 5000 years.  Centring on mind, body and spirit, the holistic system is a comprehensive study of anatomy, physiology, pathology and diagnostic methods.  Your evaluation serves to identify your body type by examining finger nails and blood pressure using a simple three finger pulse diagnosis. The results of the evaluation will determine how best to treat your body and also what kind of oils will be used in your massage treatment, designed especially to guide you back to harmony.