By Jamuna Rangachari
Master practitioner Ketan Shah, takes the participants through a complete wellness programme, through acupressure and beyond
|The maestro (standing in centre) with his grateful students|
I was amazed and humbled that I could heal someone so quickly and so well,” said Minakshi Bhardwaj, when she arrived on the second day of the workshop on acupressure, titled Acupressure and Beyond, held in Mumbai recently, and organized by Life Positive Foundation. Her co-passenger was suffering from excruciating pain in the calf muscles. Hesitantly, she offered to press the spots relating to the calf muscles. In minutes, the lady let out a sigh of relief, and began walking effortlessly.
“I am sure I will be able to help my father walk in a couple of months,” said one of the participants at the end of the workshop, spurred by the exhaustive information he had been imparted during the two days.
Surprising though it may be to the uninitiated, the power of acupressure is wide-ranging, if practised by a sincere applicant. Ranging from simple ailments like headache to more serious ones like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and very complex ones like paralysis and Parkinson’s, acupressure has a solution for the entire gamut, explained the affable and modest facilitator, Ketan Shah.
Mr Shah is well-known to Life Positive readers and participants at the Life Positive Expo, for a good reason. He is an acupressure missionary, completely committed to popularising the benefits of this self-healing and drugless therapy.
“Diabetes is considered a major scourge and incurable in the modern world,” he said, while explaining that acupressure could actually heal it. There are seven types of diabetes in acupressure, he elaborated, explaining how one could recognise the organ affected by this ailment and treat it along with the pancreas.
“Before an ailment emerges, the solution is also ready. We only need to recognise it,” he observed wisely. In a simple and easy manner, he showed the points related to the various organs and the relations each organ had with the others. It seemed as if the entire anatomy of the body was not too difficult to master. Slowly, it became clear that each organ had a unique function to fulfil and nature had made us absolutely perfect.
True to its name, the workshop did go beyond acupressure, as it was a wonderful mix of therapies and attitudinal changes for wellness and complete well-being.
For physical health, the benefits of some techniques like oil pulling were explained, and so were some home recipes like pumpkin juice. On the relaxation and spirit side, he took the entire class through relaxation exercises and meditations.
“Anxiety is even more serious than cancer,” was one of the dictums he shared, explaining that stress cripples our immune system, organs, and the entire equilibrium of the body, mind and spirit.
One of the meditations conducted was the death meditation where we were asked to visualise our death and how people remembered us. A necessary reality check, it enabled us to see if we were living our lives according to our values and ideals. It made me personally determined to live completely every day. Another interesting meditation was one on thanking and accepting each part of our body, and forgiving oneself for all the errors one may have committed during the day.
“I thank you for spiritualizing the whole concept of wellness and good health,” said Shameem Akhtar, Life Positive yoga columnist, at the end of the workshop. As we dispersed with promises to each heal at least one diabetes patient and to pass on the knowledge to as many as possible, Ketan Shah’s vision for a “a medicine-free nation by the year 2020” seemed palpably closer.
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