Lymphatic Series — Keep It Moving Into Spring
Part 4: The Self-Care Secrets
By Andrea Foster
You’re learning more about the Ayurvedic and elemental way of looking at your health and wellness and it resonates. You’re feeling motivated to keep this new knowledge and excitement moving and to create new rhythms. This is all active pitta and manifesting kapha at work to bring your vata dreams into balanced reality.
But where to start? There are so many ideas, how can you tell what is right for your specific situation, health history, and body’s needs. How do you know what to do to get on the right path to health? Today is the day to become a member so you can get access to all the right tools.
You decide to dip your toe in the water and take on the 30-Day Challenge.
The first step toward success is a plan — get strategic about this next month with a pulse consultation. In thirty minutes, an Ayurvedic practitioner can gently lay fingers to your wrists to reveal all aspects of your physical and emotional balances and imbalances. You will come away from your Ayurvedic check-up learning what specific food you should enjoy, four specific take-home remedies for anything that’s challenging you, and a deeper understanding of the elements within you that need the most care. Take the guesswork out of all the overwhelming nutritional advice you’re seeing on the socials and get the direction you need to effectively commit to self-care that works.
And once you’ve made that commitment, visit the Self Care Sanctuary to do a little more than just lounge and relax. There’s a sign near the water dispensers and it may seem a little daunting, but let’s take a closer look at it this time. Let’s see how to strategically utilize the different stations in a spa.
Elements aren’t just a substance — they have qualities. And these qualities can manifest in the body as hot, cold, wet, and dry. And as we know from previous articles in this series, the elements in the body have a direct effect on the flow of the lymphatic system. Elemental and lymphatic system imbalance are best addressed with daily actions that are consistent.
The amenities of the Self-Care Sanctuary are designed to work together to provide a protocol to address each type of elemental imbalance. Since this imbalance isn’t a quick fix, the sanctuary is there to provide a relaxing place to enter into a regular routine of targeted care to get you back to a place of balance no matter what may be happening for you in the outside world.
Each element presents its own symptoms to allow you to identify the imbalance and apply the antidote. Each elemental condition — hot, cold, wet, and dry — is balanced by the action of its opposite. If you’re showing signs of too much heat, cooling actions would balance that. Too much wet wants cleansing. Too much dry wants nourishing or hydrating. Too much cold wants warmth. It’s a simple system, but requires the awareness of identifying the correct imbalance in the first place.
Elemental imbalances are more than just skin temperature or condition. Emotions, habits, reactions, and cravings can all add up to indicate where we need adjustment.
Hot is identified by anger, resentment, acid indigestion, flushed skin, and the tendency to run warm even in a cool room. Someone who has an excess of heat may have more acne or allergies. They are more likely to “burn out” from frustration and a drive for perfection.
Cold is identified by cold extremities, stiffness, constipation, “what if” worries. Someone cold is afraid to open up to others and feels fragile in their body and in the world.
Wet is marked by congestion, weight gain, low self-esteem. Someone with an imbalance of wet tends to take care of others, gives their energy away, and seeks food to provide false contentment.
Dry manifests as dry skin, hair, and nails, of course, as well as high metabolism and weight loss. Dry is depletion, anxiety, indecision and the mind chatter that overrides the body’s needs.
Recognize yourself in any of these descriptions? What can you do about it?
In the Self-Care Sanctuary, each of these conditions has a self-care protocol that can correct these imbalances with regular use. For each elemental imbalance, the Center offers the order in which you approach each part of the sanctuary, how to use it, and the mantras and intentions you can bring to your actions.
For example, excess hot needs cooling. You might be surprised to know that saunas can play a part in cooling the body. Internal heat can build up from tension and pressure, so you begin your routine by utilizing the hot shower and jets externally to tenderize the muscles and release tension. Move on to the Hammam steam room to access the expansive qualities of the steam. Next, a plunge into the cold copper tub would tone pores, release excess fire, and allow tissue contraction to reduce inflammation. This contracting motion also allows for subtle movements in the muscles that pump the lymphatic system.
Soaking in a tub is the next step to move into a meditation on the body, grounding the energy that can be raised by the movement from heat to cold. Self-care continues with time in the far-infrared sauna room to alkalize lactic acid in the muscles, followed by another dip into the copper cold plunge. Finally, you end your time in the Temescal dry sauna until you break a sweat and the body cools itself. Rinse toxins off the skin in the shower and relax in the gravity chairs, basking in a job well done.
Every elemental condition has its own routine like this, with more details of how to make the most of your time. Try it once and you’ll be hooked. Try it weekly and you’ll be balanced!
The 30-Day Challenge is available at the dhyana Center for $175. This includes a 30-minute pulse consultation, unlimited self-care sanctuary access, $10 yoga classes, and 10% savings on retail items, treatments, and more! Stop by or call to get started. Now available for purchase online!
Next week we’ll conclude our series with ways to enlist more support when your self-care needs expert help.