Tuesday, November 6

Finger Press Massage, Shiatsu

Massage is a common way to relieve stress, tiredness and muscle tension. Shiatsu is a unique Japanese style of massage which treats the same meridian system of the body used in acupuncture. Shiatsu, 'shi', meaning finger, and 'atsu', meaning pressure. The massage therapy aims at treating the common psychological and physical problems faced by people, by applying slight force on the pressure points. In this context, it can also be considered as the Japanese counterpart of  'acupressure', which is popular in China. The massage therapy can help treat depression, anxiety, nausea, stiffness, headaches, arthritis, cramps, and pulled muscles.

Below are some interesting diagrams with explanation where you can perform self massage with shiatsu system :

Do - in (self shiatsu!)

A fantastic self-treatment to release tension at the end of the day, or to energize yourself in the morning! 
  • Standing up, feet hips width apart, knees unlocked
  • "Rain drops" over the top of your head , with your fingertips, keeping your wrists loose. Move your head around so your whole head gets a massage.
  • Forward neck stretch : Tilt head forward and interlace your hands behind your occiput. Use the weight of your hands to get more of a stretch.
  • Side neck stretch : still looking ahead, tilt your head to the right side, and place your right hand over your head. Use the weight of your hand to get more of a stretch, whilst reaching away with your left hand. Same other side.
  • Shoulder massage : tilt your head to the right, and apply loose fists / karate chops on top of left shoulder.
  • Loose fists down the inside of arms, and up the outside , to encourage the flow of energy in the 3 yin (inner) arm meridians and the 3 yang (outer) arm meridians. A couple of times on each arm.
  • Repeat other side
  • Shake out your arms and sigh loudly!
  • Loose fists on chest and around ribcage
  • Gentle loose fists down muscles of lower back
  • Rub sacrum with knuckles , moving your body up and down.
  • Fists on buttocks (can take a lot of pressure!)
  • Fists down outer sides of legs and up inside of the legs , to encourage flow of energy in the 3 yang (outer) leg meridians and 3 yin (inner) leg meridians.
  • Shake out legs and arms !

Benefits of Shiatsu Massage :

  • Deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Stress reduction and management
  • Releases toxins from the body
  • Disease preventative
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved blood circulations
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces mental anxieties
  • Balances ki (chi)
  • Calms nervousness
  • Increases mental and spiritual awareness
  • It feels good!

For more information, you may refer to and below i have attached a video what is shiatsu massage all about : 

Wednesday, October 24

Kidney Stone and Home Remedies

Few days back, i found a good post about kidney stone home remedies posted by a friend. What you eat is what you sow. But, today's food world dilemma, "What you eat , will puzzle you".

  • A kidney stone is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract.
  • Nephrolithiasis is the medical term for kidney stones.
  • Symptoms of a kidney stone include flank pain (which can be quite severe) and blood in the urine (hematuria).
  • Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine.
  • Dehydration is a major risk factor for kidney stone formation.
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as gout, and those who take certain medications or supplements are at risk for kidney stones.
  • Dietary and hereditary factors are also related to stone formation.
  • Diagnosis of kidney stones is best accomplished using a CT scan.
  • Most kidney stones will pass through the ureter to the bladder on their own with time.
  • Treatment includes pain control medications and, in some cases, medications to facilitate the passage of urine.
  • If needed, lithography or surgical techniques may be used for stones which do not pass through the ureter to the bladder on their own.

Below is the article which interest me for home remedies for kidney stone :

"I am not a medical doctor educated. I've made in my experience, written are home remedy treatment. Today, the majority of kidney stone is a common problem. The pain is caused, in my experience, comparable with any kind of pain. I have four years ago, when the first gas at the waist pain that I thought would be a problem, but the amount of pain Can not afford to go on increasing in size increased. If you go to the doctor, recommended to scan. I scanned the report, 5mm and 9mm-two stones in the kidney and the doctor said that it can be removed thru through surgery.Medical cost `30,000!!! 

This surgery is done correctly, that if I get this problem, it is not guaranteed, and you have your daily diet That depends on the amount of drinking water. I surrendered to Google search, one hour after research, I found a guy had a treatment with the name of the vegetable, French beans. Below are the remedies :

(¼) quarter kg French beans (available in all stores),  buy, seeds removed, boiled in water (at least 2 Hours), put it in the blender and blend it and drink it . After10 minutes,drink 2 liters of water (if you do not drink at the same time one shot, drink  it slowly till you finish the 2 litres.
Early 5 a.m morning , still drinking the 2 litre water for 3 ½ hours, i found 5 small stones through urination. Stone from the kidney to the bladder through a small pipe will be unbearable pain, and then released from the bladder,if the urinary tract are blocked, the urine will pass by but the stone wont released and it cause danger.

We shouldn't panic that time but continuously we need to increase the amount of drinking water, where lead to frequent urination. When we pressure it by drinking the amount of water,the kidney stones which will be shapeless, and your urine bladder might be torn and bleed but no worries, it will heal fast. in the inflowing torn. I went back to have a scan and doctor has verified it's gone. Now, i make a practice to drink 3 litres of waters everyday without failure:

Other home remedies which help to prevent and cure kidney stone

  • Basil leaves: Take basil leave juice with honey and eat it in for six days, the stone will clear. This will help to prevent kidney stone as well.
  • Apple : Eating apples frequently will prevent kidney stone.
  • Grapes: Grapes can substantially reduce the acidity of the uric acid and helps in the elimination of the acid from the system, thereby reducing the work pressure of kidneys.
  • Pomegranate: Squeeze the juice from the seed,  take a table spoon with two table spoon of horse gram beans (boiled with water daily.
  • Fig fruit: This fruit, boiled in filtered water, drink continuously for a month, in the morning on with empty stomach.
  • Water melon: The amount of water in the fruit is good for precaution for kidney stone.
  • Coconut water: coconut water, including large-scale prevent kidney stone.
  • Banana Stem juice: it will prevent stone formation and stone-breaking origin (diffuse) seamlessly.

Fig Fruits
Banana Stems


Basil Leaves

No matter what it is, it is the best to drink 2 to 3 litres of water which is simple and don cost you a penny. 

Note : If you have the symptom of kidney stones, it will best to consult doctor first before you try the french beans remedies 

Friday, October 12

Archery, the Bow & Arrow Art

Recently i was tempted to try shooting as a hobby, i mean archery :) Me and Krish had a chance to experience the ancient Paleolithic art of bow and arrow at Stars Archery, Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.  There are another branch located in Times Square as well. For more information check out and

Coming back to my archery experience, i was kind of impressed with archery history and type of archery. Below is my summary what is archery all about :

Term of Archery 

Archery is the art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow, from Latin arcus. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat, while in modern times, its main use is that of a recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically known as an "archer" or "bowman", and one who is fond of or an expert at archery can be referred to as a "toxophilite"

 History of Bow & Arrow

Historians believe people have been using bows and arrows for at least 25,000 years, possibly longer, based on arrowheads discovered in Africa. The practice first started in the Stone Age as a safer method of hunting by the cavemen. Eventually it became an important aspect of warfare in the days before gunpowder. By then it had also become a popular sport in many countries.

During the middle ages, archery was the lowliest form of warfare. Archers were usually the lowest paid soldiers due to the cheapness of making a bow and arrow. Many archers belonged to the peasant class because the higher classes viewed the bow and arrow as being insufficient, or to use only for entertainment. 

However, this low view of archery was turned around when the Vikings used archery as their main weapon which gained them large success. By the time of the 100years war, the English had learned how to use archers to their advantage, rather that using swords men, who could not fight from a distance. By this time, archery was not for the lower class, and archers were recruited as children and trained meticulously until and throughout adulthood. Every boy that was recruited was given a bow that was as high as he was, and expected to learn on it. During battle, archers would typically shoot two arrows, one from a higher route and one from a lower route. This would hit the enemy at two different angles, which made it difficult for the enemy to defend themselves.  

Archery Components

Type of Archery



Traditional archery is archery in its simplest and original form. Wooden arrows fletched with feathers, a wooden bow, shooting glove, bracer and quiver is all the equipment you need to compete along side other traditional archers.

Probably the most famous bow in the world is the English Longbow. A traditional archery bow. If a member of the public was asked to name a famous archer they would undoubtedly think of Robin Hood, and not the current Olympic Champion.



The only bow style allowed at the Olympics is the recurve bow.

Modern engineering, sights, stabilizers and carbon arrows makes the modern recurve a far superior bow than it traditional predecessors, but there still limits on the types of equipment allowed.


The compound bow is designed for maximum accuracy. The eccentric cams on the end of the limbs assist the archer by reducing the holding weight when they reach full draw position. This improves the archers ability to hold steady and also accelerates the arrow from the bow increasing speed. A mechanical trigger called a release aid is used to let go of the string, telescopic sights are permitted. Almost anything is allowed provided it is not electronic or electrical.

How to play Archery 

  • Don’t grip the bow with your fingers. Let it rest in your hand.
  • Use the 45 degree angled grip with the fingers off the bow.
  • Keep the arm straight without a bend in the elbow.
  • Keep the elbow pointing sideways, not down. Don’t let it stick out into the path of the string.
  • Push forward with the bow arm towards the target. Imagine the arm as a single unit and push with all of it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Listen to your body. If something hurts after shooting, try to figure out why. Is the muscle simply tired, or is something strained?
  • Getting into shape for anything should be done slowly. Don't push too hard at first, and don't expect to feel big changes in a single week.
  • Use common sense whenever shooting your bow.

To get more clearer picture of the instructions, please view the video which i found in Youtube ( I personally felt the guidance given is good instruction for shooting ). So grab an arrow today and start shooting, folks :) 

Tuesday, September 11

Banana Leaf Rice, The Malaysian Kollywood Ultimate Dish

Ever wonder what is banana leaf rice all about? Where actually does the term "banana leaf rice" came and originated from? Checked thru  and below is mentioned :

Coming to simple definition, Banana leaf  (ellai sapaade) rice is originated from South India and is often served with an assortment of vegetables, pickles, curry, meat and appalam (papadam). For dessert, rasam (Indian herbal soup), mooru (sour buttermilk) or paayasam (sweet milk pudding) is served in most restaurants.  Banana leaf rice meaning white rice serving on a banana leaf, and traditionally eaten with hands.

In Tamil Nadu, they call it “Virundhu Saappadu”. It means a feast meal. During the feast meal, the guests sits on a mat and the meal is served on a banana leaf which is spread in front of the guests. The dishes are served in a particular order, and each dish has its own specific spot on the leaf. Everyone starts together and ends the meal together. 

In another interesting term, banana leaf rice are combination of below 6 taste buds :

  • Sweet: Jangiri, payasam.
  • Salty: Salt and pickle 
  • Sour: Tamarind, nellikai [Indian gooseberry].
  • Bitter: Fenugreek, tumeric.
  • Pungent : Black pepper, Garlic, ginger, mustard.
  • Astringent: Lentils, tomato, tumeric, cabbage, coriander leaves.

Friday, September 7

Adi Shankracharya & Guru Paduka Stotram (Guru Paadukabhyam Stotram)

What is Guru Paduka (Guru Paadukabhyam) Strotram ?

Guru Paduka Stotram, also known as Guru Paadukabhyam, is a great devotional prayer written by Adi Shankaracharya. This devotional prayer is dedicated to the Sandals of the Teacher (Guru) which is  salutations to his guru, in this case meaning the Lord. The English language translation of the first verse means:
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which is a boat, which helps me, cross the endless ocean of life,
Which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru,
And by worship of which, I attain the dominion of renunciation.

Who is Adi Shankracharya?

Adi Shankracharya was born to a Brahmin couple Shivaguru and Aryamba who lived in Kerala in 788 A.D. He studied all the four Vedas, when he was still a child. At 7, he mastered all the holy shastra and upanishads. At the early age of 8 he renunciated the world. He met Shri Guru Govindanath of whom he became an ardent disciple and who conferred on him the degree of 'Acharya' meaning professor for his knowledge about Adwait philosophy, Upanishads and other Shastras.

He established Mathas or monasteries at Badrinath, Dwarka, Sringeri, Puri and Kanchi. The heads of the Mathas are named after him while the sanyasins who are his followers are called Dashnamis as they are known by the ten appellations namely, Teerth, Ashram, Vana, Aranya, Giri, Parvat, Sagai; Saraswati, Bharati and Puri.

Shankracharya has also been called 'Shanmat Sthajianacharya' because he founded the following six religious culls: 

(i) Ganapatyan, 
(ii) Kaumaram, 
(iii) Vaishnavam, 
(iv) Sauram, 
(v) Saktani and 
(vi) Shaivam. 

His literary works include commentaries called Shankar Bhasya. The philosophy that was systematized by Shankracharya was the Adwait philosophy. In other words, he was a philosophical genius who created Vedanta, the end (or conclusion) of the Vedas. It is this philosophy that dominates Hinduism today. It rests on the wisdom of the three basic Hindu texts: the Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita. Shankara's Vedanta philosophy taught that the world is illusory, or maya, and only the transcendent ultimate reality, the Brahman, is real. You may search for his biography thru search engine or read Shankara Vijayam (biographies of the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankara).



Guru Paduka Stotram - Adi Shankaracharya

Guru Paduka (Guru Paadukabhyam) Strotram and Meaning :

Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabyam guru bhaktithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabyam, namo nama sree guru padukhabyam,

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru, which is a boat, which helps me, cross the endless ocean of life, which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru, And by worship of which, I attain the dominion of renunciation.

Kavithva varasini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Doorikrutha namra vipathithabyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
which is the ocean of knowledge, resembing the full moon,
which is the water, which puts out the fire of misfortunes,
and which removes distresses of those who prostate before it.

Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyasu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
which makes those who prostate before it,
Possessors of great wealth, even if they are very poor,
and which makes even dumb people in to great orators.

Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam
Nama janabheesthathi pradhabyam namo nama sri guru padukabyam

alutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru
which attract us, to lotus like feet of our guru
which cures us, to the unwanted diseases
and which helps fulfill the desires of those who salute.

Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi sariddha raja jjashankanyakabhyam
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukabyam

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

which shine like gems on the crown of a king
which shine like a maid in the crocodile infested stream
and which makes the devotees attain the status of a king.


Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathrayaheendra khageswarabhyam
Jadyadhi samsohana vadaveebhyam namo nama sri guru padukabyam

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

which is like a series of Suns, driving away the dark sins
which is like the king of eagles, driving away the cobra of miseries,
and which is like a terrific fire drying away the ocean of ignorance.

Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam samadhi dhana vratha deekshitabyam
Ramadhavadeegra stirha bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri gurupadukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru
which endows us, with the glorious six qualities like Shama,
which gives the students, the ability to go into eternal trance
and which helps to get perennial devotion to the feet of Vishnu.

Swarchaparana makhileshtathabyam, swaha sahayaksha durandarabyam
Swanthachad bhava pradha poojanabyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

with bestows all desires of the serving disciples
who are ever involved in carrying the burden of service
and which helps the aspirants to the state of realization

Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabyam
Bhodha pradhabyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

which is the Garuda, which drives away the serpent of passion
which provides one with the treasure of wisdom and renunciation
which blesses one with enlightened knowledge
and blesses the aspirant with the speedy salvation