Today was one of the most peaceful and relaxing Sundays I've had in a fairly long time, in my never-ending, and never-endingly evenftul Travelife.
Much of it was due to the fact that I spent a good part of the afternoon at the Arogya ayurveda center getting an abyahnga and a takradhara.
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ALL ABOUT AYURVEDIC DETOX TREATMENTS
The abyhanga is an overall light body massage involving copiuos amounts of medicated oils, while the takradhara involves the pouring of cold yoghurt in a rhythmic motion over your forehead for about 20 minutes.
Lots of people have had an abhyanga at a spa somewhere in the world before, but the takradhara is quite unique. The takhradhara also sounds quite simple -- but it's worked wonders for me.
During times of extreme stress, this is one of the few things that can bring me relief. So I try to fit it into my schedule whenever I can.
I try to do this whenever I have a free afternoon on a weekend.
This doesn't happen very often, but the stars aligned and the universe conspired to make this happen today.
A RECHARGE BEFORE
MY NEVER-ENDING TRAVELIFE
Actually, I'd done two consecutive days of ayurveda treatments -- just because I felt I needed a week to slow down my life before everything in my Travelife starts all over again.
I'm certainly looking forward to the next four months of amazing -- truly amazing -- travels; but it's going to require boundless energy to cover the kilometers going into my flight plans.
I think I'm going halfway around the world four times in the next four months, not to mention all the other little sidetrips along the way.
A MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
And today, there I was drinking tea after my treatment and having a chat with Patrick, the director of the Arogya ayurveda center, when he happened to mention that there were a couple of ladies on the detox program right now.
One of them had even flown from across the globe to do this detox at Arogya.
AYURVEDA FOR PURISTS
But when I heard about this lady flying thousands of kilometers for her detox at Arogya, when my own commute is about 20 minutes with a driver, I suddenly just felt I wanted to do the detox program this week.
It's really now or never because my life gets very busy again soon.
WHAT'S IN A PANCHARKAMA
The ayurveda detox program is called panchakarma, and it's tailored to every individual in an effort to restore balance, increase immunity and encourage better health and well-being.
It can run from 7 days to 21 days, or even longer.
So today I began the detox. Patrick said to me: "You can't be eating in too many restaurants, or trying too much good food. No partying or staying up too late either."
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HOPE BEST EFFORT COUNTS
Complete abstinence is basically impossible for me, but I figured a little is better than nothing at all.
So far, so good.
Today was a very peaceful day in a pretty stressful week of work and trying to juggle everything in life into just one life.
Yes, I'm on of these people who want to have it all -- and, of course, that's either very difficult or just impossible.
But it certainly won't hurt to give it a try -- with a little help from Arogya to enable me cope with the incredible highs and the formidable challenges of a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
PS: By the way, here's a lovely photo of a Manila sunset, taken with my new iPod, which I am completely addicted to. Follow us on Instagram or Pinterest for more photos in real-time.