Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Day 4 – Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

It’s a bit of a long story, but the short version is that this day was a photo mishap!!

I had to use my underwater camera to take pictures during the morning/afternoon because my Canon battery was charging and when I used my iPhone to takes pictures, with the internet so slow, pictures from my iPhone were not uploading to my computer! I only used my iPhone to take selfies! For all other pictures, I used my Canon or underwater camera that saved pictures to a memory card.

This day the pictures I uploaded to my computer from my underwater camera’s memory card decided not to stay in my computer, and store themselves in my iPhone under Settings – Wallpaper – Choose a New Wallpaper – All Photos – and there these pictures are as wallpaper options!

However, when I open Photos in my computer, the pictures are not there!  Weird.

My morning started off with Healing Yoga, then the daily morning detox tea and breakfast.

My Pitta Vata Breakfast was fresh cut fruit platter, mixed fruit herbal punch with caraway leaf, wheat flakes with soya milk, oats dosa and sambar.  The herbal water for the day, Pathimugham.

After breakfast I swam at the pool and relaxed in the mid-morning sun!

My mid-day Ayurveda treatments were Abhyngam Massage and Podikizhi.

Carnoustie - Spa Treatment Room

Here is a description of the, from the resort’s website:

Abhyngam Massage – Abhyangam is a popular body massage in Ayurveda. The word abhyangaitself means to massage. In Ayurveda, the Abhyangam massage has become popular because of its effective way of conditioning the body. Abhyangam can be used therapeutically. The massage is designed around each individual, to suit his or her disease or condition. An Ayurvedic physician can assess this and will then decide on the appropriate oils and the exact way of massage.

Podikizhi – Is a type of Swedana Chikitsa (fomentation) wherein medicated powders are made into poultice and used for giving fomentation. Drugs like vacha, sarshapam, jatamamsi etc. are made into fine powder, fried and tied in cloth pieces in the form of boluses. These are made hot frequently throughout the procedure. Elakizhi “Patram”and “illa”mean leaf. ‘Kizhi’ means ‘bundle’. or Patrasweda’ is kind of sudation theraphy using herbal leaves. Leaves of Arka (calotropisgigatea) Karanja (pongamiaglabra) Dhatura (dutura metel) and so on are chopped and mixed with grated coconut mustard and rock salt. The proportion of the ingredients varies according to the symptoms of the disease. The mixture is warmed in a pan smeared with coconut oil and then tied up in linen.

After my treatments I had lunch.  My Pitta Vata Vegetarian lunch was: Winter Vegetable Soup, Caly Oven Vegetable Shami Kebab, Garden Raw Plantain Kofta with Roasted Methi Chapathi and Mini Vattayappam.

I headed back to my villa for an afternoon of Reiki study.

Selfie!  The health and wellness of the spa starting to settle into my soul…..

Carnoustie - Selfie - After Treatments

My Canon camera’s battery recharged – I was back in action!

An Indian Pond Heron looking for lunch in the lily pond on the villa patio:

Little fish in the pond – AKA – lunch for the little heron:

Carnoustie - Fish in Lily Pond

Lily pond:

Beautiful pillars on the patio:

Carnoustie - Villa

Walking to the restaurant for afternoon detox tea. Mango trees and a landscaper throwing a stick up to knock loose mangoes out of the trees.

Carnoustie - Mango Trees

Carnoustie - Throwing Stick to Get Loose Mangoes to Fall from Trees and Not Fall on People!

Pictures on my walk to the restaurant!

Walk to Thiruvizha Bech before my 5:00pm Reiki Master Teacher Training with Dr. Raj.

Arriving at the spa, lovely Dr. Moby reviewing the busy treatment schedule!

Carnoustie - Dr. Moby

Upstairs yoga room with one of the yoga instructors meditating:

Carnoustie - Spa Yoga Room

After an amazing Reiki training sessions with Dr. Raj., it was time for dinner.

There were candles lit all over the outdoor dining area giving a magical feel to it!

My Pitta Vata Vegetarian Dinner:

Artwork in the restaurant:

Wooden art in my villa:

S, <3 <3 <3

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