The idea of Oriental Method was concieved in 1996 by Adam Baktai in Durban, South Africa.
At that time Adam was attending a traditional Vedic school, Sri Rupanuga Paramarthika Vidyapitha, in West Bengal, India. An educational institute that was focusing on ancient Vedic training for priests.
The school was invited to Durban, to host Vedic fire sacrifices for the local Hindu community. At that time Adam faced the challenge of meeting patients, whom after a short course of therapy, he would probably never meet again in this life time.
So he came up with two ideas, which formed the back bone of Oriental Method:
- due to the shortness of time, (Adam and his school mates only spent 1 month in South Africa), doing different varieties of treatments for the same problem, seemed as a good solution. For example, Adam was treating a long term shoulder injury, so apart from shoulder alignments, he also used pressure point based massage techniques and a few reiki sessions as well.
- the other concept was teaching his patients some home remedies, to be executed as follow up excersizes after the treatments.
The concept behind the first idea is that diseases can “hide” in different sheaths of the body. One might experience pain in the shoulder from purely physical reasons, because of mental/emmotional pressure like too much responsibility or tension, or from subtle causes like a disfunctional accupressure point, which could be connected to several organs, as many meridians go through our shoulders.
So if we take the time during treatments and go through the different levels or layers of our bodies the treatments would be more powerful, their effect longer lasting and ultimately more effective.
The need for the 2nd principle is best explained through skeletal alignment. Let us say we have a patient who has intense lower back pains for a longer period of time. Any well trained therapist can re-align this problem, but the better ones also take their time to see if the lower back pain has had an effect on the hip, knee, ankle axis, or any other part of the spine.
Once it is recognized that the lower back pain has effected other areas and functions such as posture, the walk pattern, etc, the effected areas can be corrected as well.
But no matter how well those joints are aligned, the muscle memory of the patient remembers the displaced structure and hence that was the last structure it supported, slowly it reverts to supporting the previous displaced skeletal structure.
And this is the reason why people often go to all sorts of treatments, again and again for the very same pains, diseases and conditions.
So, if after skeletal alignment, patients are thought how to readjust or retrain their muscles in supporting the freshly realigned, and now healthy structure, the effect of the alignment could be forever lasting.
These are the 2 main principles behind Oriental Method.
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