Health Club featured in Rashtriya Sahara
The leading magazine Rashtriya
Sahara came published a very informative and well written feature on Kairali
Ayurvedic Health Club situated in Mehrauli Delhi. The feature article articulates
that Ayurvedic massage is not only one of the best ways to stay fit and slim
but also it is one of the most effective treatment for various diseases and
goes on to emphasise that ?The ancient ayurvedic system states many a regimen
to keep the body and mind in right shape. This is all the more relevant today
in a hectic lifestyle, full of tension and tight schedule of the executive
work-culture replete with hurry and worry accompanied by a constant pressure to
meet the deadlines.?
Slim and beautiful are in vogue. Nevertheless, slim is not for vigour
and vitality- the crux of a healthy youthful body, an alert mind and a glowing
face. The ancient ayurvedic system states many a regimen to keep the body and
mind in right shape. This is all the more relevant today in a hectic lifestyle,
full of tension and tight schedule of the executive work-culture replete with
hurry and worry accompanied by a constant pressure to meet the deadlines.
Where can this ever busy tribe of young and old men and women, get
respite to soothe their overused system with tensed nerves? Well, Delhiites ,
at last, have found an answer to it in the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Club.
Set amidst serene surroundings of Andheria Modh in Mehrauli, The Club
has all the facilities that one would like to look for in a health resort. The
ethnic ambience, a lush green eye soothing garden resounding with the chirping
of birds and gurgling of a waterfall.
A lovely assortment of colourful flowers to soothe the weary eyes just
as one enters the complex. The brick work premises, built in typical Louise
Baker style with a natural airflow and filtered daylight are in sharp contrast
to the elaborately done-up chic air-conditioned health clubs of the present
The novelty of the Kairali Club lies in the personalised consultancy of
a well experienced ayurvedic practitioner who can tell the root cause of one?s
problem and is ready to administer remedy. The follows the most soothing
experience in the form of a course of herbal oil massages ? known as Anhyangam in ancient
Sanskrit scriptures- in ancient ayurvedic traditions.
Abhyangam acharyet nityam is in fact, the age old adage, still in vogue
in Kerala. Abhyangam means application of oil, in other words, massage. The
system of daily massage of body with oil is the secret of Keralites healthy way
of life. While for women the massage and hot water bath is a regular morning
habit before they enter the kitchen, the men generally rub the body with oil
after they come back from work. And for the long black tresses of women of this
coastal region, the secret lies in the daily rub of scalp and hair with oils
and a herbal wash.
The traditional ayurvedic remedy comes in handy for the common ailments
too. Equipped with the knowledge of typical characteristics of different herbs
and their remedial effects, the elderly people in Keralite families back home,
even today, fetch the selected herbs from the local village grocers and follow
the strict regimen of a week-long preparation, using clay vessels and prolonged
heating on firewood hearths.
Toing up the bodyby relaxing tense muscles, these special massages are
administered by the expert masseuses who are trained in human anatomy and
physiology. Applied with a particular rhythm on wooden beds, matching the
contours of the human torso, specially prepared oils are administered at the
Centre. In fact, it is an age-old practice of panchakarma prescribed in
Ayurveda , to restore youth by massaging the body with warm medicated oils and
cleansing the circulatory system by removing accumulated toxins, thus arresting
degeneration of blood vessels , nervous debility and joint pains.
Kairali also offers unique ?health and fitness programmes? to eliminate
excess fat from the body, thus reducing weight without exercises and diet
restriction. Herbal oil massages and ayurvedic medicines not only help one to
lose excess weight, but also streamline the whole body in a matter of few
weeks. This is said to be the most
natural and healthy way of losing excess weight. According to Chandrashekharan,
one of the doctors in the centre, there is no water loss from the body and that
is precisely why the therapy has a more lasting effect. At the same time; the
weight reduction therapy eliminates aggravated humours ( any of the four
liquids in the body that determine a person?s mental and physical qualities)
from the body. This particular weight loss regimen also helps in reducing
cholesterol levels, prevents lipid deposition and maintains years of healthy,
active and vigorous life , thus weaning one away from heart problems?, adds Dr
The basic purpose of the fortnightly regimen ? which aims in reducing
obesity ? is also to eliminate toxic factors, that cause disease. Besides,
ayurvedic herbal oil massages treatment tones up the skin simultaneously
removing excess weight. During massage, herbal oils penetrate the skin,
nourishing the whole body system as also liquefying toxins, so that the body can
eliminate these more easily. The effect of ayurvedic nutrients is said to
extend deeper into the tissues, bones and the very nerves due to direct
penetration. And it is precisely the tonification process that imparts lustre
to the ski. It makes one look younger by years with a wrinkle free energetic
skin and a healthy glowing complexion; even though one reduces weight by kilos.
?This is the most natural and traditional way to gradual and healthy slimming
that can be maintained by weekly massages? asserts Geetha Ramesh, who is said
to have brought massage therapy in Kairali. She maintains that for the figure
conscious, the added advantage is that these special herbal oil massages, while
melting away excess fat, also remove flabbiness toning up the abdominal
muscles, bulky hips, fatty thighs with an overall reduction of a few inches in
the girth, within weeks.
As for the typical diseases, for which ayurvedic massage treatment is
the most effective , Dr Chandrashekharan list out rheumatic arteritis, lumbago,
spondylitis, hypertension, slipped disc, circularity disorders, sinus problem,
nervous debility, chronic cold, palsy, migraines and so on. The added advantage
is that the therapy has no side effects unlike treatment from other method.
Many who have reached the stage of no return have once again turned hopeful
once they have sought solitude to the therapy.
Published on ? August 1995