Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Day 7 – Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

This was my last day at Carnoustie.  Tomorrow I would fly to Qatar to join my husband’s overwhelming whirlwind of having less than two weeks to pack up 4 years of life in the Middle East and ship it to Canada.

I started my day with 7:00am Healing Yoga down by the beach.  I arrived early to set up my yoga mat and enjoy the peace of early morning silence.  A house crow decided to join me.

Carnoustie - House Crow

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The sun was just starting to peek through the trees!

Carnoustie - Sunrise

Carnoustie - Sunrise

This is a closeup of a hand woven water well cover made of palm leaves:

Carnoustie - Hand-Woven Palm Tree Well Cover

Dr. Raj led the Healing Yoga:

Carnoustie - Dr. Raj.

Carnoustie - Dr. Raj.

Before breakfast, I walked to main reception to confirm my 6:00am check-out time in the morning so as to be driven to the airport in plenty of time for my flight back to Qatar.

Time for my morning detox tea and Pitta Vata Vegetarian breakfast with Guava Leaf herbal water:

I walked around to take pictures of the grounds!

Butterflies!

Carnoustie - Butterflies

Carnoustie - Butterflies

Next, I went back to my villa to study Reiki to prepare for my evening Reiki Master Teacher class with Dr. Raj.

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At 12:00pm I arrived at the spa for my daily treatments. I was greeted by lovely Dr. Rejina, my assigned doctor for my stay!

Carnoustie - Dr. Rejina

Carnoustie - Dr. Rejina

Because this was my last day at Carnoustie, Dr. Renjina discussed my Pitta Vata diet moving forward from the resort.  I’m going to have a blog just for the Pitta Vata foods I ate during my stay at Carnoustie!

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Today’s Ayurvedic treatments were Abhyangam, Elakizhi and Thalapothichil:

Descriptions of the treatments from the resorts website:

Abhyangam – It is believed that the effects of Abhyangam are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Abhyanga is infusing the body with ‘prana’ or vital life force. When we infuse all our cells with love, they are revitalised and energised. It involves massaging of the body with warm oil infused with healing herbs and balancing essential oils. Abhyangam moves ‘Prana’ (vital life force energy)withinthebodytherebynourishingand revitalizingallbodyorgans.Itaidstheremoval of toxins and stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It boosts the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste.

Elakizhi – Elakizhi or Patrapotala Sweda is a rejuvenating sudation practice in Ayurveda treatments using fresh leaves of herbal/medicinal plants. Anti Vata plants, such as Eranda (Ricinus communis), Arka (Calotropis Procera), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), coconut leaves, lemon and curcumin are fried with herbal ingredients and tied into cloth boluses. These are dipped into warm medicated oil and used for massaging the body. The massage with heated boluses induces profuse sudation, which helps in the fomentation process. Elakizhi is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylitis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains. The massage promotes better blood circulation within the affected area and induces perspiration which helps the skin to eliminate wastes.

Thalapothichil – The name Thalapothichil is derived from two Malayalam words- ‘thala’ or the head and ‘pothichil ‘which means cover. In this treatment, a thick herbal paste is applied to the scalp after a light massage with medicated oil. The paste is applied in a thick layer of about 0.5 to 1 centimeter, leaving a small central portion empty which is filled with medicated oil.The paste is then covered with leaves (plantain or lotus leaf) and cloth leaving the central groove filled with oil open. At the end of the procedure the paste is removed and the patent is given a gentle relaxing head massage. This traditional treatment is very effective in treating various psychosomatic disorders. It is used to treat migraines, headaches, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, chronic stress, epilepsy, hypertension, sinusitis and problems related to the head and neck region.

At the end of my treatments I was COVERED head to toe in a medicated paste!

My very soul felt cleansed!!!!!!!!!!!  This was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Next was my Pitta Vatta Vegetarian lunch!

The date fudge was DELICIOUS!!!!!

During lunch I was told that because this is my final day, I would receive a special dinner cooked just for me!  I was asked if I like seafood, what type of seafood do I like… and what was my favorite soup.  As well, when I arrived for dinner, I was to go to the special dining area!

After lunch, I returned to my villa for more Reiki Study. My final Reiki Master Teacher class and attunement was at 5:00pm.

Because of this,  I’d miss Gopal’s evening Advanced Yoga class but I stopped by to buy his yoga DVD and say goodbye!

From 5:00pm – 8:30pm was my final Reiki Master Teacher class and Level IIIB Attunement.

After this was my final dinner, the special one because it was my last evening at Carnoustie!

I was seated in the special dinning area!

Carnoustie - Special Dining Room

Carnoustie - Final Dinner

The food was so tasty – rich – and MORE than I could eat because I’d been eating such small portions all week!

Awesome servers – Albin, Martin and Anoop!

I was very sad to be leaving Carnoustie.  I was completely taken care of all week  – both physically and spiritually – and would now have to return to an unexpected, intensely overwhelming stressful situation back in Qatar.

Yet, with the level of relaxation and care I received at Carnoustie – I felt ready….

S, ❤ ❤ ❤

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