The psychology behind Colour Therapy

Colour therapy, or chromotherapy, isn’t a fad – it has been used by a variety of societies over thousands of years, including the ancient Egyptians and the Chinese.

Colour is all around us, in the form of light, and it can affect us in numerous ways. Seasonal affective disorder (known by its apt acronym, SAD), for example, is a mild form of depression suffered by some during the winter, when dark mornings, dark evenings and a resulting lack of natural daylight, start to have an effect on the psyche. Fortunately, there’s a way to treat issues such as SAD, and it all boils down to adding a little more colour to your life! More...

A homemade Buddhist ritual for Letting Go

A homemade Buddhist ritual for Letting Go

Ritual in Buddhism is seen as an activity to build skillful means, or upaya (as translated in Sanskrit). We partake in this when we need supportive refuge or to come back to our true intention.

Rituals are a meditation in action to invoke love, peace, harmony and health, and also something we can use to say goodbye. Holding on to anger or resentment is often just our ego’s way of still wanting to be right. In the skillful means of letting go, we try to not make things right or wrong, but rather see things just as they are clearly. In fact, one of the most popular styles of Buddhist mediation is called Vipassana, which literally translates in Sanskrit to “clear seeing.” When we are able to let go of things, we can then approach our situation again with a steady view.

Here are the steps for my own Buddhist ritual for letting go:

(If you are new to rituals, set a timer for five minutes. If you are experienced, do this for as long as you wish!)

In Buddhism, we structure rituals with a beginning, a middle and an end. More...

Create a life that feels good on the inside and outside

Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside

I would like to thank everyone who has sent me guidance, advice and love. You are all very special, kind and thoughtful. I thank you for taking the time to write, call or visit me at the summer festivals. What a summer it has been so far! WOMAD and Male Tantra to start!

I'm happy in my own company, so initially I decided to turn off my social media for a few days. Are you aware of how much time you spend each day trawling through facebook, twitter and all the other networking and social media? It had become addictive, and what was I gaining from it? I knew who was doing what with who? Who's going where on holiday etc. I'm totally not knocking this, but being without it has been beneficial in so many ways. The constant interaction is really not necessary and making a conscious effort to be away from it and people has been beneficial for me.
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Thai Massage vs Ayurvedic Massage vs Swedish Massage

These three different forms of Massage are compared for the novice in order to understand the differences between them. You can try Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and Swedish Massage at al Covo and compare them yourself in reality-

 

1. Considered Role in Health

Ayurvedic massage is just one part of the Ayurvedic system of natural medicine. The same goes for Thai Massage which is only one part of the entire system of Thai natural medicine. Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian yoga system. Both systems are part of a greater system of natural medicine – Ayurveda and Thai natural medicine, where the intention and focus on working with the energy channels of the body. In Ayurvedic massage marma points can be used, similar to those in Shiatsu although different techniques. More...

Massage is not just a luxury..it is important to health

Generally when people think of the word 'massage' they associate it with 'luxury', 'indulgence' and 'pampering'. It's seen as a treat, and something people may allow themselves once or twice a year. The notion that massage is 'just an indulgence' is not true. The benefits of massage are endless and something very few people are aware of. Massage can help with balancing emotions, anxiety, circulatory issues, joint and muscle pain, insomnia and much more. More...

Love, Nothingness and Surrender in Tamil Nadu

In recent years, I have been deeply blessed, taking weeks out for just ‘being’, spending many days in contemplation and reflection, and, would you believe, lots of silence. I laugh when I write this, because I do enjoy silence a lot!

One of the special places I have visited is Tiruvannamalai, a pilgrims’ and temple town in Tamil Nadu (India), by Mt Arunachala, a sacred extinct volcano, the very place where the great spiritual master Ramana Maharishi became enlightened. What attracted me to this place is its incredible spiritual energy, and the fact that each winter there is a collection of Satsang Teachers who give Satsang each day. I was there for 8 days and attended 2 Satsangs each day in 2012/2013. It was absolutely exhausting to be in that presence for a whole 8 days, twice per day and when I reflected afterwards I wondered if it was because when you are in Satsang you sit in the energy of an enlightened person. More...

Connection and Intimacy

What if studying tantra could heal our societal addiction to Porn? What if tapping into our natural abilities - to experience ecstasy - changes everything?

I was really nervous when I first realized that I wanted to learn more and then to teach Tantra. What would people think? Would they be offended? Talking about sex is such a no-no. We live in a very conservative talking way, where sexual acitivties and desires are often sidelined to discussions with private, intimate friends. Some people don't have these connections with their partners and friends. Some people therefore have no opportuntiy to discuss or act within these essential parts of our lives and help themselves by the main way the commercial world allows them - by viewing porn. How can I change this? Tantra is essentially the OPPOSITE of porn.

Despite some opinions, I believe that porn isn’t a naughty or despicable activity to engage in. People should enjoy choosing to spend their time on their own, watching porn. Lots of people truly enjoy watching porn, including many couples who use it together to have a new experience. Yet it is seemingly undeniable that there are some sides to porn that are not therapeutic to the person. Tantra offers a therapeutic, open explorative, and holistic approach to our sexual lives in the opposite way to porn (and the open commercial approach to sexuality) can restrain us as human beings. More...

5 Tibetans Yoga - Simple Stretching Exercises for Chakras, Weight Loss and Tantra

At al Covo, we offer a chakra balancing training course, meditation or stretching treatments here at the suite, and this exercise below, called '5 Tibetans', is an example of an programme you can follow through here at our suite, or at home. The Five Tibetans rejuvenate the entire psycho-physio network, stimulating full energy flow through the chakras and enliven corresponding nerves, organs and glands. These exercises also tone and strengthen the major muscle groups, contributing to a strong, resilient physique. I recommend that the 5 Tibetans for those who lack energy in their day to day lives, require a rebalancing, or perhaps those wanting to promote weight loss.

Begin with a comfortable number of repetitions, then you can increase up to 21. More...

P-C Muscle Tantric Exercise for Men

This practice is ideal for men who want to experience an outwardly non-physically stimulating state of sexual arousal. In other words, a build up of sexual energy without hands or any other method of stimulating the penis. This can lead to auto-ejaculation- the ability to reach an ejaculation without stimulating your penis. Instead, we use the breath, and use your pc (perineal-coccygeal muscles) muscles and really let your arousal state fly. And if auto-ejaculation does not happen, then the practise of trying to get there is already highly tantric and I'll give you some other hints and tips that can take you into an orgasmic state. More...

Why I LOVE Acupressure and Tapping

At al Covo, I offer many many types of massage, and well-being treatments. Many of them are flexible to deal with a variety of conditions, such as Reiki, Reflexology, Remedial Massage, Aromatherapy, Meditations, however Acupressure and Tapping have always held a unique ability to cross over the emotional and physical focus that many clients have, and therefore make it so attractive to many people. Here is my favourite 50 list of why I love them so much:

1.   Anyone can learn the Acupressure points
2.   You don’t need needles like Acupuncture
3.   It works with the same meridian pathways as Traditional Chinese Medicine
4.   It’s super safe to apply
5.   You can do it anywhere (at work, school, in line, at home, while you travel) More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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