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Meditation Retreats

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Meditation retreats are a popular form or component of traditional spiritual retreats, which involve isolation from the everyday stresses of the wider community for the purposes of solitude, contemplation and spiritual relief.  They are organized all over the world and commonly take place at remote locations outside urban centers.


Known to have been in practice over 5,000 years ago, meditation in its many forms is based on a studied individual concentration promoting awareness and realization of the spiritual self. Virtually all organized religions and religious belief systems encourage forms of meditation, but the meditation retreat model is most frequently used by practitioners of Buddhism and Christianity, along with more secular or New Age adjuncts of Hinduism, the first faith to promote and practice meditation.


A popular form of meditation retreat in North America and Europe is the satsang, an all-inclusive retreat involving both community and solitary activity. Individuals taking part in a satsang are assisted in their meditation exercises towards overall goals of enlightenment. The teacher, or leader of the satsang, encourages a silent association with one’s “inner truth” but engages in dialogue with the student where necessary to seek out meditative techniques suitable for the individual.


Though satsang retreats are usually non-sectarian, retreat teachers will vary in their spiritual approaches to meditation. A common model is the advaita (“oneness”) school of the Vedanta branch of Hindu philosophy. Satsang retreats are currently in practice at over 400 locations around the world.


Christian religions have struggled to find adaptable forms of meditation and many now employ the term to indicate a form of deep prayer. In this sense, Christian retreats and youth camps across North America are founded on forms of meditation. Catholic retreats in North America include COR (Christ in Others), a three-day youth retreat, and Cursillo, a similar retreat for adults.


In recent years Cursillo retreats were adopted by Protestant denominations and now include the Methodist Tres Dies and Emmaus Walk, the Lutheran Via De Cristo and the ecumenical Agape. In addition to a divergence in meditative approach, Christian retreats are also unique in their policy that upon completion, attendees are discouraged from discussing details of the retreat to outsiders. This policy may be instituted in the hope that resulting curiosity will increase future enrolment.


Meditation is so pivotal to the Buddhist faith, and so central to an understanding of the faith, that many of its adherents spend a great part of their lives in a state or condition of meditative retreat. This is evident at Buddhist schools in Japan, Korea and other Asian centers where meditation is an indispensable component of the curricula.

As meditation becomes more and more accessible in North America, there are many avenues for the beginner to choose from. Retreats are a natural step in the learning process and can be easily investigated to suit the needs of the individual.


Can Biomesotherapy Help Sore Muscles?

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Biomesotherapy is an ancient therapies that is used as an alternative form of pain management.  This treatment is a hybrid of traditional homeopathic and Asian acupuncture therapies and involves inhalants and saline injections into specific trigger points on the body. When both therapies are given together they have a synergistic effect that helps the body help reduce inflammation and alleviate discomfort. It is good for cartilage decay, chronic cramps or spasms, frozen shoulder, jaw pain, bruising and muscle tears, ligament rips and bruises and sciatica. It can also help soften scar tissue.


Sometimes does of the homeopathic medicine may be in the saline injection itself. It is very common for European practitioners to use Trammel or Zeel, which are composite homeopathic remedies that have been added to the saline ampoules. The saline ampoules are usually bought in bulk by the practitioner.


Biomesotherapy is actually a form of cupuncture treats points that control the flow of energy through the body. According to traditional Chinese Medicine there are twelve main energy channels that run through the body and help to regulate the flow of energy through the body.  There are twelve main energy channels that have “trigger points’ in the muscles and each trigger point corresponds to both an organ and a meridian.  For instance, saline may be injected at a trigger point between the thumb and forefinger to alleviate headaches


Usually these trigger points are stimulated with needles, that are also warmed through a process called moxibustion (where bits of charcoal are lit and left smoking on the end of the needle.) In the process of biomesotherapy, needles are inserted and saline is injected into these points.  The saline is of the same consistency and makeup as your body’s natural fluid.


Many people do find biomesotherapy to be an affordable and expedient way to deal with pain and the benefits can be long term as the treatments target the source of the problem and not just the symptoms.  Furthermore biomesotherapy is a very safe procedure that has proved to be very popular in Europe with over 70 million consultations taking place a year.

Many people feel relaxed and pleasantly tired after the treatment.  It is recommended you take a nap after a treatment so your body can further rest and repair itself.


In some cases biomesotherapy is a cure and in others not. It is important to realize that this is an alternative treatment for pain management and not a miracle treatment and that your expectations must be kept realistic.