In the tender formative first six years of life, we receive much of our programming. Childhood patterns become driving forces of adult behaviors, and it’s hard to create the opportunity or awareness to change these old patterns. Most of us think we’re in control of our thoughts, desires, and aspirations, but science begs to differ.
The deeper the better, right? When it comes to massage, it’s a common misconception that if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not therapeutic. Interestingly, Ayurveda offers a series of light-touch massages that have passed the test of time. New science tells us that while there are surely benefits from deep muscle massage, there are also benefits
Oxytocin is known as the bonding hormone. At birth, it is released by the mother and literally bonds parents and child for life. Oxytocin is increased during acts of appreciation, generosity, service, touch, hugging, massage, gratitude, and emotional connection.1, 2 Oxytocin is sometimes called the “hugging hormone” or “trust hormone” because it naturally increases during
According to Ayurveda, there is a special substance in the body that governs aging, immunity, radiant skin, vigor, mood, sleep, digestion, spirituality, and physical strength. This substance is called ojas (OH-jas). In Sanskrit, ojas has two prominent meanings. In the context of physical health and vitality, it means “vigor, virility, and vitality.” In the context
In India, getting a massage starts on day one. Mothers have been giving babies daily massages for thousands of years. Kids start giving themselves daily massages at early ages, and continue this as a lifelong practice. In fact, it is common in India to talk to an eighty-year-old person and find out that they have