Ayurvedic treatments for back ache

Ayurveda is one of India's natural health regimes. It incorporates massage, meditation, detoxification and nutrition into your whole lifestyle according to your prakruti (also known as dosha or biotype). Here are four ways ayurveda deals with backache. al Covo offers ayurvedic concept courses, lifestyle consultations, massage and massage training.

1. Katibasti (Ayurvedic oil pool therapy)

Kati Basti is a special treatment in which warm medicated oil is applied to the lower end of the vertebral region (one or multiple pools can be made of any shape), where it is pooled for a period of time.

This treatment if needed can conclude with a massage of the entire back. A series of these treatments is a great alternative for manipulation, and amazingly beneficial for the below mentioned lower back conditions:

  • Disc bulge
  • Slipped disc
  • Sports injuries 
  • Whiplash injuries 
  • Repetitive stress injuries 
  • Sciatica 
  • Neurological conditions of the lower back. More...

12 Reasons Why Sex Is Good for You

Many people are sexually active because they find sex to be pleasurable. But aside from making you feel good, sex offers plenty of benefits that extend well beyond the bedroom. This is not just a bluff, it’s true and science can prove it! Most of these also apply to massage too, so if you don't fancy sex, think of having a healthy massage instead!


Here are 12 reasons to stay a little longer under the sheets:

1. Regular sex helps you avoid sickness.
A study by the Wilkes University reveals that having sex once or twice a week increases the levels of IgA – an antibody that protects your body from infections and colds.

2. Sex relieves stress.
In their study published in the Biological Psychology, researchers from Scotland found that sex promotes stress reduction and helps lower down blood pressure. In their experiment, couples who had sexual intercourse responded better to a stressful situation than those who engaged in other sexual behaviour or didn’t have sex at all.

3. Sex makes you sleep better. More...

10 Sex Tips for Men

Sex is more than just a physical act. It is an intimate process that improves our well-being. So, here are some tips to improve your well-being!


While there are similarities, there are also major differences in how people view sexual relationships. We don’t often tell each other how we feel and can often feel unsatisfied. Here are 10 great tips to help satisfy your partner:

1. When asking, be creative!
Never ask “Do you want to have sex?” because even your partner does, they might get embarrassed and turn you off. For some, sex is not just all about making out. It is a romantic affair. Your partner may think that all you want is sex. Make your partner feel that what you want is them. Ask if they want to make love with you by caressing hair, kissing in the side of lips, and whispering sweet words like “you are so beautiful”, “you’re very special to me”, and so on. More...

10 tips to get rid of anger

al Covo offers a range of well-being relaxation techniques and training courses including meditation, massage, reflexology, reiki, stretching, aromatherapy, nutritional therapy and music therapy. Visit www.alcovo.co.uk or call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913.

Contrary to the popular belief, anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But as they say – too much of everything can be dangerous. Inability to control anger can take a toll on your physical and mental health, and destroy your relationship with others. The Dali Lama says ‘Anger is like swallowing poison and expecting someone else to die’.

Maybe the customer on the line is being arrogant, or your boss is nagging again. Maybe your child is having tantrums for more than an hour already, or your spouse made you wait for hours in the restaurant. Things like these can infuriate you to the highest level and make you lose control. Fortunately, there are simple ways to get rid of anger and keep your composure even during the most stressful, exasperating moments.

1. Think not just once, but twice. It’s easy to say hurtful words that you don’t really mean in the height of your emotions. But often, these things make us regret in the end. So before you say or do something. Think about it. Think about the outcomes your action will bring. Experts recommend counting 1 to 10 before making a response to prevent an angry outburst.

2. Express what you feel. Once you feel calmer, it’s time that you express what you feel. You will notice that you are becoming more careful of the choice of words at this moment. Tell that person your concerns in an assertive yet non-confrontational manner. Expressing your emotions will make you feel better. More...

7 Super Foods that Help You Beat Stress

Turning to food when you are extremely stressed is your body’s natural response to life’s pressures. It’s because eating is a pleasurable activity, and when you do something pleasurable, your brain produces hormones that makes you feel calmer and happier. But incorrect food choice can just aggravate your stress and expose you to various health problems, including obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Surely, you eat not to heighten your stress but to beat it.


Here are the super foods that will help you keep that stress under control.

Say “nuts” to stress!
Got a really bad day? Get a handful of nuts. Almonds, pistachios, and walnuts are loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants that boost your immune system and lower down your stress levels. Scientists found that eating just a handful of pistachio every day can help reduce the health effects caused by chronic stress, such as heart attack. Walnuts have also been found to improve the cardiovascular system.

Get fats from salmon.
When you’re highly stressed, you are likely to choose fatty foods over the healthier ones. One great source of fats (good fats) is salmon. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids that keep adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones) from spiking. Nutritionists recommend eating a serving of fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel at least twice a week. 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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