Author: Dr. Shyam Nidugala, Chief Medical Officer, Nimba Nature Cure
Love is in the air! The countdown to Valentine’s Day is well and truly begun. A day that celebrates love is not just about roses and champagne but the true meaning of the day focuses on relationships and their value. Valentine’s Day not only celebrates the connection between two people, it can also be an opportunity to focus on the relationship we have with ourselves as individuals. Apart from spending a cliché day, indulge in some wellness for yourself, partner and family through some rejuvenation and a couples retreat can be an offbeat experience for all.
Giving yourself the gift of wellness
Celebrate this day by indulging in some interesting wellness therapies that make you and your partner feel relaxed and value the quality time you spend with each other in a more unique way. Wellness therapy is a natural form of healing that includes addressing issues and recognizing factors from a mental, physical and spiritual point of view. A wellness retreat away from the hustle bustle of the city ensures you and your partner spend time together as well as self-indulge in therapies that can help you focus on yourself and rejuvenate your body.
A wellness retreat typically has several options of therapy to choose from depending on what suits your mind and body best. Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, physiotherapy, acupuncture, massages etc. are some of the therapies that couples can try together.
- Naturopathy has become a treatment synonymous with harmless healing through the powers of nature. After the craze for conventional therapies, traditional healing practices are now trending worldwide. Natural Healing emerges from the fact that ‘The body possesses innate power to heal itself’. Naturopathy is a combination of traditional therapies, herbal remedies and healthy habits.
Specialized therapies like Hydro therapy or aquatic exercises, spine/ foot bath or a regular body massage soothe the mind and body, leaving you and your partner more relaxed and comfortable.
- Ayurveda is the science of life, a treatment that puts emphasis on the fact that the body is part of the cosmic system and a disorder can be managed through correcting the imbalance of the five basic elements of life: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether. Ayurveda touches upon all the aspects of the person like emotional factors, physical factors, psychological factors, and spirituality; and brings them to harmony.
A potli massage is a common therapy that improves healing and relieves pain. Some other ancient Ayurvedic treatments include Shirodhara, Herballepam, and Pizhichil. Usually ayurvedic therapies are customized as per the individuals’ body type and health status
- While yoga and meditation can be performed in a yoga studio or at home, it is best experienced amidst nature in serenity. Techniques like Asana, Pranayama (Breathing), Mudra Yoga, Bandha Yoga, Shatkarma, and Meditation are practiced; to improve health and immunity.
Therapeutic yoga, Power yoga and aquatic yoga are some of the new forms of yoga that can be practiced together with your partner for a focused mind and active body
- Apart from traditional Indian therapies, you can also indulge in some Chinese acupuncture treatment or Egyptian cupping therapy or reflexology and even hot stone therapy. These couple-friendly therapies help relax and get rid of stress on the mind and toxins of the body
Rekindle the Romance
Sexual activity and health has always been connected to the kind of bond you share with your partner. Apart from the obvious communication gap due to digital addiction, lifestyle disorders like heart disease, stress and anxiety, are playing havoc to your sex life. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has the remedy to restore the inner balance that hampers your libido. From practicing Yoga, Meditation and Nadi Shodhan Pranayama with your partner to incorporating aphrodisiacs like Ashwagandha and Shatavari with a Sattvic Diet can reinvigorate your passion drastically.
Whether it is to enjoy some peace of mind with your partner or experience a new activity with them, wellness therapies not only do good to your body but also help build a stronger bond with your partner while both of you learn to relax and detox together. This Valentine’s Day plan a unique experience and surprise them with the goodness of wellness therapies.
Happy Valentine’s Day!