today was the same as yesterday: oleation, or oil massage, to loosen up the toxins in the cells of the body. all cells hold toxins and metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury. the oil is meant to leech these from the cells so they are loosened and released into, for example, the blood stream. following the oil massage, the herbs are applied with an oiled cloth. the oil on the cloth aids in transferring the herbs onto the skin. after this, the steam bath helps me sweat out the loose toxins. naturally, not all toxins are released from the skin, but also from digestive system. they circulate in he blood through the liver, etc then accumulate as waste and are excreted. hence the oil enema. the enema allows the toxins that are being rid of in this way pass through more easily, as well as loosening the toxins from the end of the digestive system. it isn't uncomfortable or aggressive.
so every morning I will do some form or another of these treatments. in about 5 days I will have to do a major enema. these treatments are preparing my body for it. meanwhile, the toxins that are being released are not only chemical toxins, but are also believed to be emotional toxins and memories. this makes so much sense to me after this morning, when I woke up so sad and lonely. dr. Sambhu said that I am likely to experience a dull range of negative emotions, as I release these toxins of sorts from my body. I'm sure some of you who read this are skeptical, and I am a bit as well. but given the doctor's evaluation if how I'm doing, my constitution, and problems I'm likely to have hd in the past, just from looking at me, my age, and a handful of other answers I'd given him, I know that there must be something to it. I also have to have some faith that a medical system over 3,000 years old has some merit.
I still don't like kovalam beach and still feel like the youngest one here, but think that is a food thing, as too many things to do and too many distractions might take away from the panchakarma. besides, I am so exhausted most ofthe time that I'd be disappointed I'd I couldn't take advantage of all there is to do. blessing in disguise, I suppose.
I'm on my second book in 2 days. we'll see how fast I get through this one.
I hope I've left you with pleasant thoughts of oil enemas and toxins in the blood