Machines run the world today and if they were to become non – functional, our lives would come to a halt. We therefore take keen interest in their maintenance. But, what about the machinery that each one of us exploit every single day of our life without giving it the care it needs? Yes, we’re referring to our body here.
Our body undergoes wear ‘n’ tear on a regular basis. Ageing too is a natural process which cannot be stopped or reversed. Hence, as our body continues to age and work day ‘n’ night; degeneration is unavoidable.
When a machine starts to creak or dysfunction one of the initial steps we take is to use a lubricant for its smooth functioning. The lubricant prevents excessive friction, enables free movement and prolongs the life of the machine. The same concept applies to our body.
Our ancestors had the habit of regular massages and oiling of body apertures (ears, nose, umbilicus and anus) with the thought of keeping the vata dosha under control. Vata is a key factor in all our body functions and is found predominant in the skin. This can be roughly understood as the nervous system which has its nerve endings spread throughout skin providing a large surface area and route towards the highest centre of all activities, the Brain.
Although these practices have faded in recent times, it becomes very important to understand their significance in natural rejuvenation of the body, so that we can resume their use for overall health promotion. Regular Massages and Oiling of Apertures delay ageing, remove fatigue and alleviate vata dosha . They enhance all the senses especially vision, nourish the body, prolong life, enable good sleep, provide lustrous skin and pleasant looks. They increase ones endurance to extreme stress (physical / mental) and strengthen the body as a whole.
Hence, to keep your machinery working efficiently and prevent sudden breakdowns; do adopt oiling as a part of your daily regimen!
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