TREATMENT FOR MIND, BODY & SOUL
Experience the comforts of a Sauna & Turkish Bath with Carol Passley
The next best thing to an exotic holiday and to de-stress yourself from life’s anxiety – a totally self-indulgent experience – is to visit a Sauna or Turkish Bath. I’ve been visiting the Sauna since the age of 19 and would recommend it to everyone. Most Saunas have mixed sessions or if you prefer, you can attend just male or female days depending on the programme. For you first timers, here’s what to do.
What To Bring:
* Two towels - one for drying your hair and the other for your body
* Grip/Shower Shoes - a good hygiene factor and it’s safer to have grip shoes
* Swimming costume/Bikini/Swimming trunks - for mixed sessions
* Shampoo/Conditioner - you will find that a conditioner works wonders on making your hair soft and silky with the combination of the heat
* Lavender Oil/Olibas Oil - for a bit of aroma-therapy, a few drops on a face cloth used for this purpose will, when you inhale the oils, clear sinus etc. - (ask others present if it is all right to use the oils, out of politeness)
* Two Face cloths - for scrubbing your face, body and general use
* Louver Brush for washing - I find the ones with a long handle are very good for reaching your back
* Shower gel / Soap
* Fruit Salad & Mineral Water - one can get a bit peckish so, it’s advisable to bring some fresh fruit or bowl of fruit salad and mineral water – this enables you to detox at the same time.
Always shower first then enter Steam Room and try to relax. If this is your first visit, stay for no more than ten minutes or when you feel comfortable to leave. Shower again then lay in the rest area or continue with the above sequence for as many times as you are able to.
This is not steam but dry heat from ‘hot coals’ where you sit on wooden benches. For comfort, you can place a towel on the bench and always shower first. This room is much dryer than the Steam Room so, apply baby oil or coconut oil to protect your skin.
The Turkish Bath started about 2,000 years ago, originating in the famous baths of the Roman era which, were adapted and developed in Islamic countries to promote health, relaxation and cleanliness. In England, public baths were common during the Roman occupation and came back into favour as the returning Crusaders brought back with them the delights of Eastern bathing.
This is my favourite as it has a much stronger steam than the Sauna. Start with a cool shower to open your pores and then sit in this steamy room. Stay as long as you like but ensure that you are feeling comfortable at all times. Afterwards, if you can face it, try the ‘icy plunge pool’! Then take a trip to the ‘hot rooms’ and stay as long as you feel comfortable.
Take another cold plunge or shower. Then sit in the hottest room of all and stay as long as you can manage. Take a cold shower to bring your body temperature down. Now it’s time for the ‘body shampoo’ (if you have taken this option). Shower off, then sit in one of the rest rooms, stay until your body has adjusted back to its normal temperature.
On site, you will find masseurs who will give body scrubs and massages. This is a place that’s very peaceful and quiet. I warn you, tranquillity is taken very seriously (no mobile phones or other distractions are allowed)!
You can benefit even more by totally indulging in yourself - so give it all you’ve got – a facial, foot massage, simple exercise, sleep mask – this is your time - when you get home, just sleep!
KIXA CENTRAL POWER - Find Inner Peace by Carol Passley
Just imagine going into a zone of total peace and tranquillity…. here’s how to achieve this by practicing a knowledge that is 5,000 years old; KIXA Central Power. By training twice a week (and if you are between 12 to 6O years of age) you could be one of the lucky ones. You will naturally begin at white belt, preparing for the physical fitness stage; when you progress on to the yellow belt stage, Central Power will be yours all the way through to green, blue, brown, black belts. You will learn how to improve your breathing, concentration, balance and co-ordination. There are events all year round such as Semi Grand Training and Grand Training. Take a trip to Indonesia to a place called Bromo, east of Java, South East Asia, the birthplace of the knowledge. Training takes place there on the edge of a live Volcano under a waterfall on the sand ocean. It is said that this place has a magical, mysteriousness that is welcoming and every experience is incredibly moving.
Frederick Jacques, instructor/teacher of Central Power was inspired to search for knowledge that would conquer his weaknesses and fears. When he found KIXA, it was like discovering a rareness that helped him take control of his inner doubts and the torments locked away in his mind. “Before finding KIXA, at nights I would awaken out of my sleep choking from loss of breath and, at times, I believed I would die. The knowledge of Central Power is developed by maintaining breath control and strengthening the body from within. I was immediately taken in by the uniqueness of the training sessions. I had practiced Martial Arts from an early age but, I always felt that something was missing. After attending KIXA, my concentration got even sharper as I progressed through the stages of the training. My mental strength outweighed any aggressiveness as I basically kept control of myself and handled situations that came up with clam and positive composure. Fear of being hurt was replaced by knowing my confidence and my self-development evolved as tolerance and patience”.
Frederick has been to Bromo several times. “By training in the Bromo Mountains region, I developed my Central Power much faster than others who had not made the journey. The altitude in Bromo is some 3,000 feet above sea level. I was surrounded by peacefulness where the mountains gave off strength and uncompromising silence. At times, it was as if the distant whistle of the wind could be heard rising like waves, sometimes crashing against the rocks before merging with the sea. The terrain was hot, fresh, wet and earthy. There was never any chance of predicting the weather. It was as if the mountains breathed powerful knowledge, predating anything that we had learnt, seen or heard of in literature, stories told in drama or film. I was introduced to the knowledge of KIXA Central Power and was taken through a journey of timelessness. I forgot the distractions of the mundane. I concentrated on mental and physical fitness, took on and won over the fears hidden within. I took gigantic steps forward, climbing up the side of the mountains whilst gaining the confidence over heights and the unknown. An example of Central Power, when learning to strengthen the fingers is to clench the fists which incidentally, is taught in the classes and is put into practice here”.